Dear Racing Fan,
With the unfortunate news of racing abandoned in the England today and having reviewed the Meydan card we’ve agreed with the team at Wider Horizens to make our write up of the card free for you all to read.
Whilst we have no advised bets for our Premium Members, we can hopefully point you in the direction of a winner or two.
3.05 – An interesting 2 mile handicap where a couple if these are stepping up in trip and need to prove they’ll stay. The standout safe runner in the field is Red Galileo (2nd) who was 3rd in this last year and ran a fair race on his return to action last time behind a well-regarded winner. He’s sure to give his running and sets a fair standard for the others to beat. Dubhe (WON) could prove the danger having the benefit of his comeback run.
3.40 – This looks to be all about Walking Thunder (2nd) who ran away with the 2000 Guineas Trial a few weeks back, in a race that has seen the 2nd Manguzi who was beaten 9 lengths win next time. We not sure it’ll be that clear cut as whilst Estihdaaf (WON) ran 2nd to Manguzi that day, he made up significant ground in the home straight and looks to be a real improver. With a visor on for the first time here, we’d take him as a nailed on each way alternative to rowing in with the Odds On Fav, even over this slightly shorter trip.
4.15 – Whilst a few of these have recent racecourse experience and perhaps a slight advantage 2 runner making their seasonal debuts make some appeal in this competitive handicap. Firstly Symbolization (4th) who improved throughout last season in the UK, starting off in handicaps and running very well in the Irish Guineas, The Jersey Stakes and at Listed level. He runs well fresh and this drop back into handicap company could see him a little too classy for these. The other that makes some appeal at bigger prices is Connect (5th). He a bit of a tricky one and may just want a little more ease in the ground, but one his day he has an abundant amount of ability and now switching yards and experiencing something new might just freshen him up and see him put his best foot forward. He comes with risks as he hasn’t proved to be the most consistent and tends to improve for a run, but is one that just might thrive in Dubai.
4.50 – Based on his last breath-taking performance this should be a sit back and enjoy North America (WON) who took a decent field apart last time and looked like a potential Dubai World Cup winner. If backing that up he’ll be extremely hard to beat. New Trails (2nd) impressed last time and could be the one to chase him home, stepping up in class.
5.25 – A really competitive sprint handicap and whilst Dream Today(3rd) who won for us at a big price last time is likely to step forward again, he might just find one or two hard to beat here. That said we do expect him to run very well again. The two most likely winners for us are, Mazzini (WON) who took a real step forward last time albeit over 5 furlongs when beating two very decent animals, and he’s proven over this trip before. He’s from a late developing family and could well now be starting to raise his game. The other now in handicap company over what looks to be his best trip is Ibn Malik (5th). A very creditable run at Grp 3 level last time having previously run over 5 furlongs on the dirt. He’s best on decent ground which he didn’t get on numerous occasions when racing in the UK, so looks to have his optimum conditions today.
6.00 – A tough 7 furlong handicap to finish off the card and the one that stood out, especially following such a promising run last time is the Jamie Osbourne trained Cliffs of Capri (4th). The stables runners out here tend to be very well placed and this chap stayed on nicely in a decent race last time. A step forward from that will see him go very close. Other to consider are Mubtasim (WON) who looked all over a group horse as a 3yo, but for whatever reason just hasn’t stepped up. Racing here for the first time and for a new stable could just be the trick, but a wide draw doesn’t make things easy. Lansky (5th) is another drawn wide, but still lightly raced he looked to step forward for a new yard last time in better company. Up 5lbs for that doesn’t help but this is a drop in grade and he should run well.
3.05 Race – Red Galileo – 15/8 – (2nd)
3.40 Race – Estihdaaf (e/w) – 5/1 – (WON)
4.15 Race – Symbolization (4th)– 4/1 & Connect (5th) (e/w) – 10/1 (note Ladbrokes, PPower & Corals top 4 places)
4.50 Race – No Bet
5.25 Race – Ibn Malik (5th) (e/w) – 5/1 (note a number of bookmakers paying top 4 places)
6.00 Race – Cliffs of Capri (4th) (e/w) 4/1 (note a number of bookmakers paying top 4 places)
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