14:30 Meydan (Dubai) (Dirt) 15 Feb 2018

Mazrat Al Ruwayah Sponsored By Jaguar XF - Group 2 Stakes - Dirt (Class 1) (5YO plus)

Winner 105,097 AED - 7 run - Draw Advantage: None

1

1m

Fast (Dirt)

Weighed In
No. Form Horse Age / wt Jockey / trainer
1
81535-
Black, silver star and epaulets (Khalid Khalifa Al Nabooda)

Af Al Sajanjle 56 

g h Af Al Buraq - Caline Du Loup

5 9-0
-
R MullenErnst Oertel
2
7/5525-
Royal Blue, White epaulettes, Black cap (Sh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum)

Foaad (FR)  

ch g Madjani - Al Marwa

5 9-0
-
Jim CrowleyD Watson
3
1541-6
royal blue, white epaulets, red cap (Sh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum)

Munbaher (FR)  

ch g Madjani - Maiziane

7 9-0
-
Fernando JaraMaria Ritchie
4
746-54
Black, grey, blue diamonds sleeves, grey, blue diamond cap (Athbah Stud)

Cheik Roque (FR)  35 

gre h Dahess - Fanny De Faust

6 9-0 b
-
A FresuE Charpy
5
954/72-3
Light green, white epaulettes, light green sleeves, light green cap (He Abdulla Bakheet Saif Murshed Al Marar)

Cakouet De Bozouls (FR)  35 

bay h Dahess - Udjidor De Bozouls

6 9-0
-
S De SousaA Mehairbi
6
Royal Blue, White epaulettes, Royal Blue sleeves, striped cap (Sh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum)

Af Mahshoum 

g h Af Al Buraq - Rabiha De Faust

Non Runner
7
Blue, yellow belt, yellow crescent moon, yellow stars on sleeves, blue cap (Quarter Moon Ranch Llc)

Paddy's Day 

b h Burning Sand - Ak Loretta

7 9-6 t1
-
P J DobbsD Watson
8
1-
Red, white spots, white sleeves, red cap (H H Sh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan)

Mawahib (FR)  56 

g m Abu Alemarat - Fraynce

C
5 8-9 b
-
T P O'SheaE Lemartinel
Verdict

Mawahib won here over further before Christmas and must be respected, but PADDY'S DAY brings the best piece of recent form to the table having finished a head second to Barnamaj in an Arabian Group 1 a fortnight ago. Cakouet De Bozouls is also noted.

15:05 Meydan (Dubai) 15 Feb 2018

Jaguar F - Type - Handicap - Turf (Class 1) (4YO plus)

Winner 336,308 AED - 5 run - Draw Advantage: None

2

1m 4f 38y

Good

Weighed In
No. Form Horse Age / wt Jockey / trainer
1
80251-3
Royal blue (Godolphin)

Best Solution (IRE)  35 

b c Kodiac - Al Andalyya (Kingmambo)

D
4 9-6
-
P CosgraveS bin Suroor
2
34/112-1
Pink, royal blue chevron, pink sleeves, royal blue cap (Mme Christian Wingtans)

Golden Wood (FR)  35 

che g Gold Away - Twisting (Pivotal)

CD
8 9-1 t
-
C SoumillonN Caullery
3
2410/86-
Royal blue, royal blue sleeves, white cap (Godolphin)

Memorial Day (IRE)  348 

b g Cape Cross - Reunite (Kingmambo)

D
7 9-0
-
G MosseS bin Suroor
4
51/1203-
Dark blue, orange star, dark blue sleeves, dark blue, orange star cap (Sultan Ali)

Pinzolo (GB)  285 

b g Monsun - Pongee (Barathea)

D
Non Runner
5
588277-
Royal blue, yellow chevron, royal blue sleeves, yellow cap and royal blue spots (Saeed Suhail)

Across The Stars (IRE)  110 

b g Sea The Stars - Victoria Cross (Mark of Esteem)

D
5 8-10
-
S LeveyR Hannon
6
2067-50
Pink, Emerald Green epaulets and armlets, Pink cap, Emerald Green hoop (Khalifa A Dasmal)

Majeed (GB)  21 

b g Mount Nelson - Clever Millie (Cape Canaveral)

8 8-5
-
L MorrisD M Simcock
Verdict

Christophe Soumillon gave Golden Wood a cracking ride to win over C&D on the opening night of the Dubai Winter Carnival last month, beating the reopposing BEST SOLUTION (third) and Majeed (fifth). The form has since taken a boost with the second Gold Star winning recently and, while the French raider clearly thrives out in the desert, Saeed bin Suroor's charge could reverse the form now 2lb better off at the weights. Bin Suroor has his string in great order now and the gut feeling is that this smaller field will suit the top weight from a tactical perspective. Memorial Day has an absence to overcome so the market should tell us more, while Pinzolo is interesting having his first run on turf at this track.

Verdict

BEST SOLUTION is preferred to get the better of old rival Golden Wood following their meeting 5 weeks ago. The former now has a favourable 3 Ib pull in the weights from the French raider, who may be disadvantaged by the run of the race in this smaller field. One-time smart performer Across The Stars can fill the placings for his new stable on handicap debut.

15:40 Meydan (Dubai) (Dirt) 15 Feb 2018

Land Rover Discovery - Handicap -Dirt (Class 1) (4YO plus)

Winner 262,741 AED - 7 run - Draw Advantage: None

3

1m 2f

Fast (Dirt)

Weighed In
No. Form Horse Age / wt Jockey / trainer
1
7706-42
Yellow, Light Blue chevron, Yellow sleeves, Light Blue cap (Sh Mohd bin Khalifa Al Maktoum)

Saltarin Dubai (ARG)  21 

ch g E Dubai - Saltarina Fitz

D
6 9-6 t b
-
R MullenS Seemar
2
3133-33
Royal blue (Godolphin)

Alabaster (USA)  21 

dk g Medaglia d'Oro - Lady Pegasus (Fusaichi Pegasus)

CD BF
6 9-5 b
-
Oisin MurphyS bin Suroor
3
2/931-24
Dark blue, emerald green checked, dark blue sleeves, dark blue, emerald green checked cap (Zaur Sekrekov)

Thegreatcollection (USA)  28 

b g Saint Anddan - Cactus Cadillac (Cactus Ridge)

C
4 9-3 b
-
P J DobbsD Watson
4
12175-1
Royal blue, royal blue sleeves, white cap (Godolphin)

Don't Give Up (GB)  21 

b c Dubawi - Avongrove (Tiger Hill)

CD
4 9-2
-
C SoumillonS bin Suroor
5
31950-5
Lime green, red stars, red star on cap (Avaz Ismoilov)

Silver Look (ARG)  14 

gre f Archipenko - Silver Fortune (Labeeb)

5 9-1
-
A FresuE Charpy
6
071521-
Dark blue, orange star, dark blue sleeves, dark blue, orange star cap (Sultan Ali)

Jupiter Light (GB)  120 

b g Lonhro - Fantasia (Sadler's Wells)

D BF
4 9-0
-
M BarzalonaS Ghadayer
7
81213-0
Dark blue, gold stars, white, red hooped sleeves, red cap, yellow star (Odessa Racing Club I/s)

Efesos (DEN)  14 

g h Royal Experiment - Salida

D
5 8-13
-
Elione ChavesB Olsen
Verdict

DON'T GIVE UP accounted for the reopposing Saltarin Dubai (second) and Alabaster (third) on his Meydan bow over track and trip late last month and there a few reasons why the latter pair should reverse the form. They are both frustrating types, unreliable to say the least, and the son of Dubawi is the unexposed quantity in here who can continue to progress. Jupiter Light has been off the track for 120 days but could be the fly in the ointment debuting for Salem bin Ghadayer having won three times in the UK last year for John Gosden.

Verdict

This doesn't look a strong race on paper and DON'T GIVE UP is taken to follow up. Jupiter Light is an interesting recruit for a stable with a good recent record on the dirt here, though yet to hit the target this month. Best of the rest could be Alabaster, as long as he doesn't have too much ground to make up from another slow start..

16:15 Meydan (Dubai) 15 Feb 2018

Range Rover Velar - Handicap - Turf (Class 1) (4YO plus)

Winner 262,741 AED - 12 run - Draw Advantage: None

4

6f

Good

Weighed In
No. Form Horse Age / wt Jockey / trainer
1
7403-05
Light blue, dark blue epaulettes, dark blue sleeves, dark blue cap (A M Wragg)

Danzeno (GB)  28 

b g Denounce - Danzanora (Groom Dancer)

D
7 9-6
-
S De SousaM Appleby
2
9/4658-6
Dark blue, dark blue, light blue spots sleeves, dark blue, light blue spots cap (Miss J Deadman & S Barrow)

Tis Marvellous (GB)  21 

b g Harbour Watch - Mythicism (Oasis Dream)

D
4 9-4 p1
-
S HitchcottC G Cox
3
144-521
purple, Yellow star, black striped sleeves and cap (Fawzi Abdulla Nass)

Jordan Sport (GB)  14 

b g Dubawi - Wonder Why (Tiger Hill)

CD
5 9-3
-
L MorrisF Nass
4
0535-64
White, red inverted triangle, white, red hooped sleeves, white, red hooped cap (Evan M Sutherland)

Out Do (GB)  21 

ch g Exceed and Excel - Ludynosa (Cadeaux Genereux)

D
9 9-3 v
-
Oisin MurphyD O'Meara
5
037-053
red, white spots, white spots, white sleeves, red spots, red cap (Paul Wildes)

Sir Maximilian (IRE)  14 

b g Royal Applause - Nebraska Lady (Lujain)

C
9 9-3 p
-
W BuickIan Williams
6
214-312
Yellow, red sash, yellow, red striped sleeves, red cap (Ramadhan Stable)

Dutch Masterpiece (GB)  7 

b g Dutch Art - The Terrier (Foxhound)

C D
8 9-2 t
-
L DettoriJ Ramadhan
7
11011/9
Royal blue, royal blue sleeves, royal blue cap (Godolphin)

Kananee (USA)  28 

b c Exceed and Excel - Zoowraa (Azamour)

D
4 9-2
-
C SoumillonS bin Suroor
8
3/68803-
Royal Blue, White epaulettes, Black cap (Sh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum)

Raafid (GB)  76 

bay g Shamardal - Time Away (Darshaan)

5 9-0
-
T P O'SheaA Al Raihe
9
680/53-3
Yellow, black epaulettes, yellow sleeves, yellow cap (Sh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum)

Sholaan (IRE)  20 

b g Invincible Spirit - Jazz Up (Cadeaux Genereux)

D
9 8-13 t
-
Fernando JaraG Selvaratnam
10
586-804
Royal Blue, White epaulettes, Royal Blue sleeves, striped cap (Sh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum)

Eqtiraan (IRE)  7 

b g Helmet - Miranda Frost (Cape Cross)

D
4 8-11 b
-
Jim CrowleyA Al Raihe
11
499-636
Orange, Black seams and cap (Bouresly Racing Syndicate)

Yard Line (USA)  14 

b g Discreet Cat - Perceive (A.P. Indy)

7 8-11
-
R MullenR Bouresly
12
93910-1
Light blue, blue seams, light blue sleeves, light blue cap (Sh Hamdan bin Mohd Al Maktoum)

High On Life (GB)  20 

b g Invincible Spirit - Lovely Thought (Dubai Destination)

D
7 8-9 t
-
M BarzalonaS Ghadayer
Verdict

JORDAN SPORT deserved his narrow C&D triumph at the expense of Steady Pace a fortnight ago and would have arguably beaten the reopposing Dutch Masterpiece over 5f the time before if he'd have broken faster from the gates. Dutch Masterpiece, on the back of that success, has subsequently run a cracker behind Hit The Bid, who found only Ertijaal too good on his Meydan debut last month, over the minimum trip so they are closely matched and the two in-form sprinters to concentrate on. Yard Line, on his third-placed effort behind the aforementioned pair two starts back, must also enter calculations now seemingly drawn better on the far side in stall one.

Verdict

HIGH ON LIFE is better on dirt, but that's not to say he cannot do it on turf and the assessor has taken a big chance with him. The booking of Mickael Barzalona is another positive so he makes plenty of appeal. Recent C&D winner Jordan Sport and Out Do head the opposition.

16:50 Meydan (Dubai) (Dirt) 15 Feb 2018

UAE 2000 Guineas Sponsored By Al Tayer Motors - Group 3 Stakes - Dirt (Class 1) (3YO only)

Winner 150,000 AED - 15 run - Draw Advantage: None

5

1m

Fast (Dirt)

Weighed In
No. Form Horse Age / wt Jockey / trainer
1
2190
Orange, Black seams and cap (Bouresly Racing Syndicate)

Waqqad (USA)  7 

b c Quality Road - Lady Lindy

Non Runner
2
32-1
Yellow, large dark blue spots, yellow sleeves, yellow cap (Mohd Khalifa Al Basti)

Daffg (USA)  42 

ch c Discreet Cat - Liza Too

C
3 8-9 t v
-
S De SousaA Harmash
3
1-3
old gold, black star, black stars on white sleeves, black cap, old gold star (Lina Ahmed Binnshi)

One Season (IRE)  21 

b c Showcasing - Shes Heavy Lifting

C
3 8-9
-
R MullenS Seemar
4
55731-1
Royal blue (Godolphin)

Gold Town (GB)  21 

b g Street Cry - Pimpernel (Invincible Spirit)

C
3 8-9 p
98
W BuickC Appleby
5
55211-1
White, royal blue diamonds, white sleeves, purple armlets, royal blue cap (Maher E Lutfallah & Fawzi Nass)

El Chapo (GB)  21 

b g Lethal Force - Never Lose (Diktat)

C
3 8-9 b
70
L MorrisF Nass
6
232-467
Royal blue, white sleeves, black armlets, royal blue cap (Ahmad Bintooq Al Marri)

Rua Augusta (USA)  12 

b c Arch - Wend (Pulpit)

3 8-9 t v1
81
Fernando JaraA Harmash
7
134-
Royal blue, royal blue sleeves, white cap (Godolphin)

Last Voyage (USA)  120 

br c Eskendereya - Shipboard Romance (Pulpit)

3 8-9 t1
93
M BarzalonaC Appleby
8
54-28
Royal blue, royal blue sleeves, red cap (Godolphin)

Racing Country (IRE)  7 

b c Dubawi - Movin' Out (Encosta de Lago)

3 8-9
-
P CosgraveS bin Suroor
9
414-350
White, white, orange stars sleeves, white, orange star cap (Phoenix Thoroughbred Ltd)

Gotti (USA)  7 

b c More Than Ready - Soot Z (Empire Maker)

3 8-9
76
A FresuA Al Raihe
10
3775-26
Royal blue, yellow diamonds, white sleeves, royal blue, yellow diamond cap (Gerry McGladery)

Roland Rocks (IRE)  7 

b c Red Jazz - Toy Show (Danehill)

3 8-9
92
G MosseJ Ryan
11
2-632
yellow, large black spots, black cap (Mohd Khalifa Al Basti)

Roy Orbison (ARG)  12 

b c Orpen - Rica Roy

3 9-5
-
T P O'SheaA Al Raihe
12
34314-5
Dark blue, light blue stars, white sleeves, dark blue cap (Elizabeth Dale)

Blue Laureate (GB)  21 

b g Poet's Voice - Powder Blue (Daylami)

D
3 8-9
88
S HitchcottD Watson
13
64-
Yellow, red chevron, white sleeves, white cap (Hamdan Al Mansoori)

Loyal Soldier (USA)  56 

b c Colonel John - Our Eleanor

3 8-9 b1
-
Connor BeasleyA Harmash
14
340
Orange, Black seams and cap (Bouresly Racing Syndicate)

Meqdaam (USA)  12 

b c Alternation - Hollow Sky

3 8-9
-
G MesetovicR Bouresly
15
6116-67
Light blue, blue seams, light blue sleeves, light blue cap (Sh Hamdan bin Mohd Al Maktoum)

Doublet (IRE)  21 

b c Epaulette - Biaraafa (Araafa)

3 8-9 b1
94
X ZianiS Ghadayer
16
003
Orange, black seams, White cap (Bouresly Racing Syndicate)

New Arch (USA)  12 

b c Arch - Rock Candy (Rock Of Gibraltar)

3 8-9
-
J RosalesR Bouresly
Verdict

GOLD TOWN won impressively over 7f in the first division of the 2000 Guineas Trial three weeks ago and is expected to take this step up in trip in his stride as he bids to complete a Carnival double. El Chapo ended the last Flat season in Britain with back-to-back victories for Richard Fahey and made a winning start for present connections when landing the second division of the 2000 Guineas Trial on the same card as the selection. He can put up most resistance, though Last Voyage, who debuts at the Carnival, is also worth a market check now tackling a mile for the first time.

Verdict

GOLD TOWN produced a career-best effort when opening his account on dirt here 3 weeks ago, coming away in dominant fashion in the style of a 3-y-o set to rate a fair bit higher yet. He can quickly follow up, with stablemate Last Voyage and El Chapo rating next best.

17:25 Meydan (Dubai) 15 Feb 2018

Range Rover Sport - Handicap - Turf (Class 1) (5YO plus)

Winner 336,308 AED - 7 run - Draw Advantage: None

6

2m

Good

Weighed In
No. Form Horse Age / wt Jockey / trainer
1
3247-76
Light blue, blue seams, light blue sleeves, light blue cap (Sh Hamdan bin Mohd Al Maktoum)

Rembrandt Van Rijn (IRE)  21 

b g Peintre Celebre - Private Life (Bering)

7 9-6 b
-
M BarzalonaS Ghadayer
2
6156-07
Royal Blue, White epaulettes, Royal Blue sleeves, striped cap (Sh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum)

Zamaam (GB)  21 

b h Muhtathir - Nasheed (Riverman)

CD
8 9-5 t h
-
Jim CrowleyE Charpy
3
2654-41
Black, white, yellow, grey & brown hoops, yellow cap, grey hoops, brown peak (Eerc (mngr: Mrs Rebecca Byrne) & Fawzi Nass)

Los Barbados (IRE)  21 

b g Galileo - Milanova (Danehill)

C
6 9-4
-
A de VriesF Nass
4
62438-3
Royal blue, royal blue sleeves, royal blue cap (Godolphin)

Natural Scenery (GB)  21 

b m Dubawi - Argentina (Sadler's Wells)

D BF
5 9-4 p
-
C SoumillonS bin Suroor
5
28085-2
Royal blue, red stripe, striped sleeves & cap (Saeed bel Obaida)

Prince Of Arran (GB)  21 

b g Shirocco - Storming Sioux (Storming Home)

5 9-3
-
James DoyleCharlie Fellowes
6
78222-4
Royal blue, royal blue sleeves, white cap (Godolphin)

Red Galileo (GB)  21 

b g Dubawi - Ivory Gala (Galileo)

C
7 9-2
-
G MosseS bin Suroor
7
248/2-54
Yellow, red sash, yellow, red striped sleeves, red cap (Ramadhan Stable)

Barreesh (IRE)  21 

ch g Giant's Causeway - Astrologie (Polish Precedent)

6 8-10 t b
-
L MorrisJ Ramadhan
Verdict

Natural Scenery was sent off favourite for a Carnival handicap over 1m6f last month and could improve for this step up in trip, given he was runner-up in last year's Northumberland Plate. However, he has something to find with the winner, Los Barbados, and PRINCE OF ARRAN (second) on his last run and Charlie Fellowes' five-year-old shades the vote, as he was putting in his best work in the closing stages and could turn the tables on his conqueror now upped to 2m.

Verdict

A tricky race, but PRINCE OF ARRAN gets the nod. With 6 rivals reopposing from a 1¾m handicap here three weeks ago, the second, third and fourth from that race can confirm that form with race fitness now on their side. Natural Scenery's stamina can see her edge out her stable companion Red Galileo in the battle for the minor places.

18:00 Meydan (Dubai) 15 Feb 2018

Jaguar E - Pace - Handicap - Turf (Class 1) (4YO plus)

Winner 262,741 AED - 12 run - Draw Advantage: None

7

1m

Good

Weighed In
No. Form Horse Age / wt Jockey / trainer
1
184/21-5
Royal Blue, White epaulettes, Royal Blue sleeves, striped cap (Sh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum)

Suyoof (AUS)  35 

ch g Magic albert - Magic Harmony (Danehill Dancer)

C
6 9-6
-
Jim CrowleyM F De Kock
2
51914-4
Blue, yellow chevron, blue sleeves, yellow, blue spots cap (Saeed Suhail)

Khafoo Shememi (IRE)  28 

b c Dark Angel - Appleblossom Pearl (Peintre Celebre)

D
4 9-5
-
S LeveyR Hannon
3
35226-0
White, gold braid, green sleeves, green cap (Sh Abdullah Almalek Alsabah)

Salateen (GB)  35 

ch h Dutch Art - Amanda Carter (Tobougg)

C
6 9-5
-
A de VriesD O'Meara
4
2111/7-0
Yellow, Light Blue chevron, Yellow sleeves, Light Blue cap (Sh Mohd bin Khalifa Al Maktoum)

Icy Trail (SAF)  28 

b g Go Deputy - Icy Air (Jallad)

D
6 9-4 b
-
C SoumillonM F De Kock
5
9304-09
Royal Blue, White epaulettes, Black cap (Sh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum)

Tashweeq (IRE)  14 

b g Big Bad Bob - Dance Hall Girl (Dansili)

5 9-3
-
Fernando JaraMaria Ritchie
6
41081-6
Emerald green, red hoops, quartered cap (Nicholas Wrigley & Kevin Hart)

Another Touch (GB)  28 

b g Arcano - Alsalwa (Nayef)

D
5 9-1
-
James DoyleR A Fahey
7
47/6-126
Grey, white sleeves, black armlets, black cap (Majed Ali Almarzooqui)

Hornsby (GB)  14 

b g Dubawi - Moonlife (Invincible Spirit)

C D
5 9-0
-
M BarzalonaS Ghadayer
8
1614-66
Light blue, blue seams, light blue sleeves, light blue cap (Sh Hamdan bin Mohd Al Maktoum)

Manahir (FR)  20 

che c Naaqoos - Lerina (Priolo)

D
4 8-13
-
X ZianiS Ghadayer
9
90420-3
Orange, white halved sleeves (Chris Van Hoorn Racing)

Hors De Combat (GB)  28 

ch g Mount Nelson - Maid For Winning (Gone West)

D
7 8-11
-
Oisin MurphyD J Coakley
10
74180-0
Yellow, white quartered, yellow, white armlets, yellow cap (Ontoawinner, Rob McKeown & Mrs E Burke)

London Protocol (FR)  28 

ch g Muhtathir - Troiecat (One Cool Cat)

D
5 8-11
-
R MullenK Burke
11
15110/0-
Yellow, dark blue shoulders, yellow sleeves, dark blue seams sleeves, yellow cap (Sh Rashid Bin Dalmook Al Maktoum)

Treasury Notes (IRE)  335 

b g Lope De Vega - Elegant As Well (Sadler's Wells)

D
6 8-11 t h
-
S De SousaA Harmash
12
112/547-
Turquoise, yellow sleeves, yellow cap (Stall Zuccini & Stall Bonne Nuit)

Our Last Summer (IRE)  217 

br h Zamindar - Hoh My Darling

D
5 8-9 t1
-
P A GrabergNiels Petersen
Verdict

Hornsby (second) was well clear of Hors De Combat (third) and Khafoo Shememi (fourth) on his penultimate run here and it would be slightly surprising if he couldn't confirm form with those rivals for a trainer/jockey combination who have thrived this winter. Another Touch shaped as though in need of the run when down the field here this month, but it could be worth chancing Mike De Kock's SUYOOF. Fifth on his first run for 11 months last time, this step up in trip will suit and his win over Bravo Zolo last year sets the form standard.

Verdict

SUYOOF came home well on his return here last month, suggesting there’s more yet in the pipeline. Hornsby ought to be more competitive returning to handicap company, while Khafoo Shememi is on a fair mark for one who won 2 listed races last year.

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