Amidst a busy work schedule, I found time to handicap the 8 thoroughbred races at Dubai’s Meydan Racecourse. I’ll be checking some of these races live, and will be anticipating the odds for the Dubai World Cup in the late morning. Post time is 9:50 PT.
It was rather time consuming to handicap these races, mostly for watching the trips and for having to create my own speed figures for the horses I felt were best in contention. That typed, I present my top 3 for each of the races:
GODOLPHIN MILE: Rosa Imperial, Economic Model, Second Summer. Overlays: Akito Crescent, Rosa Imperial, Second Summer, and Muntazah. Rosa Imperial in 6th lifetime race shipping via France, she was improving in form first after layoff. Trainer Andre Fabre starts her at a lightweight 121.
Skipping race 2, as there is a lack of available info and there being Arabian horses, I move to race 3, the DUBAI GOLD CUP. Parviz, Sheikhzayedroad, Vazirabad. Overlays are my top 2 here. Parviz has raced in Germany and France, plus even once in Qatar. Waiting a month to stretch from 1-9/16 to 2 miles, he carries just 121.
UAE DERBY: Mendelssohn, Seahenge, Ruggero. Overlays: Seahenge, Ruggero, Reride, Taiki Ferveur. Mendelssohn a deserving favorite here. Seahenge my top value horse here. Running in the UK in 6 lifetime races, he has a Grade 2 win plus also his maiden debut. I like that he improved first after layoff.
AL QUOZ SPRINT: Stormy Liberal, Washington DC, Blue Point. Overlays are my top 2. Stormy Liberal with 8 wins in 24. Last win was last year’s Breeders Cup Turf Sprint. He had won 5 of 6 to that point. 2nd in the Daytona at Santa Anita last time, following a 10 week layoff and first race since the layoff. Fastest of horses entering the race with some trouble in his last trip.
GOLDEN SHAHEEN: Mind Your Biscuits, Roy H, Wild Dude (single overlay). Wild Dude has raced mainly in Dubai. 3rd in a Grade 3 event there last time out while just off layoff, he improved well on the leader.
DUBAI TURF: Deirdre, Neorealism, Real Steel. Overlays:include my top 2, plus Monarchs Glen and War Decree. Deirdre has only raced in Japan. A switch back to jockey Christophe Lemaire, with whom he won the Grade 1 Shuka So 3 races back. Cuts back 2 furlongs and carries just 121 here.
DUBAI SHEEMA CLASSIC: Cloth Of Stars, Idaho, Khalidi. 2nd and 3rd choice plus Desert Encounter are overlays. Khalidi a champion runner in GB winning at good class level tho not at the very top levels just yet. 7th first after layoff last time out tho with an increase in speed (perhaps he liked the switch to Lingfield’s all-weather).
DUBAI WORLD CUP: Forever Unbridled, West Coast, Pavel. Overlays: involve my 1st and 3rd selections plus Furia Cruzada.
Forever Unbridled has multiple Grade 1 wins here in the US, including the Personal Ensign, the Beldame and the Apple Blossom. 17-8-3-4 lifetime. Prior wins straight off layoff. Waiting since November to stretch 1 furlongs.Carries just 121 pounds.
A bit later, I’ll get you my Florida Derby and Gulfstream Park Oaks analysis.