Meydan 16 January 2020

Going: Fast
Draw Advantage: None

Instructions

1

14:30 Meydan (Dubai) (3YO plus)

Riviera 2 Handicap - Turf

6f

Winner 282,387AED - 16 ran

No.
(Draw)
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
1 (10)
24226-4
T

Riflescope (IRE) 14

b g Raven's Pass - Red Intrigue (Selkirk)

Has won at this Course and Distance
CD
7 9-6 t p
 - 

C&D winner. Respectable 2¾ lengths fourth of 12 to Almanaara in handicap at this course (5f, good, 6/1) 14 days ago, unsuited by drop in trip. Something to find on form.

C&D winner. Respectable 2¾ lengths fourth of 12 to Almanaara in handicap at this course (5f, good, 6/1) 14 days ago, unsuited by drop in trip. Something to find on form.

Riflescope historical data/form
2 (7)
24401-4
T

Summerghand (IRE) 7

b g Lope De Vega - Kate The Great (Xaar)

Has won at this Distance
D
6 9-6
 - 

Latest win at Wolverhampton in December. 7/2, bit below form fourth of 8 in handicap at this C&D (good) 7 days ago.

Latest win at Wolverhampton in December. 7/2, bit below form fourth of 8 in handicap at this C&D (good) 7 days ago.

Summerghand historical data/form
3 (13)
24492-9
T

Pocket Dynamo (USA) 14

bay c Dialed In - Little Bit Tiny (Cuvee)

4 9-4
 - 

First run since leaving Robert Cowell when 6 lengths ninth of 12 to Almanaara in handicap at this course (5f, good, 6/1) 14 days ago, not ideally placed.

First run since leaving Robert Cowell when 6 lengths ninth of 12 to Almanaara in handicap at this course (5f, good, 6/1) 14 days ago, not ideally placed.

Pocket Dynamo historical data/form
4 (5)
11344/4-
T

Mujaafy (AUS) 336

b g Star Witness - Pearl Of The Sea (Fastnet Rock)

Has won at this Distance
D
6 9-3
 - 

11½ lengths fourth of 6 to Blue Point in Meydan Sprint (22/1) at this course (5f, good). Off 11 months. Uphill task.

11½ lengths fourth of 6 to Blue Point in Meydan Sprint (22/1) at this course (5f, good). Off 11 months. Uphill task.

Mujaafy historical data/form
5 (8)
0258/51-
T

Yattwee (USA) 153

b g Hard Spun - Alzerra (Pivotal)

Has won at this Distance
D
7 9-3
 - 

One win from 2 runs last year. 8/1, won 11-runner handicap at Chelmsford City (8f). Off 153 days. Down in trip. Booking of Soumillon a plus. Should continue to give a good account.

One win from 2 runs last year. 8/1, won 11-runner handicap at Chelmsford City (8f). Off 153 days. Down in trip. Booking of Soumillon a plus. Should continue to give a good account.

Yattwee historical data/form
6 (1)
7/6534-1
T

Almanaara (IRE) 14

g h Shamardal - Midnight Angel (Machiavellian)

Has won at this Course
C
Has won at this Distance
D
7 9-2 v
 - 

Career best when winning 12-runner handicap (8/1) at this course (5f, good) 14 days ago, keeping on well. Should go well again.

Career best when winning 12-runner handicap (8/1) at this course (5f, good) 14 days ago, keeping on well. Should go well again.

Almanaara historical data/form
7 (16)
131310-
T

Roulston Scar (IRE) 104

b g Lope De Vega - Pussycat Lips (Holy Roman Emperor)

Has won at this Distance
D
Was beaten favourite last time out
BF
4 9-1
 - 

Three wins from 6 runs last year. Latest win at York in September. 3/1, last of 10 in handicap at Ascot (6f, soft). Off 104 days. First run for yard after leaving Kevin Ryan. Shortlist material.

Three wins from 6 runs last year. Latest win at York in September. 3/1, last of 10 in handicap at Ascot (6f, soft). Off 104 days. First run for yard after leaving Kevin Ryan. Shortlist material.

Roulston Scar historical data/form
8 (3)
12213-3
T

Blueberry (IRE) 14

b g So You Think - Lake Windermere (Oasis Dream)

Has won at this Distance
D
6 8-11
 - 

Two wins from 6 runs last year. Latest win at Madrid in September. Creditable 2¼ lengths third of 12 to Almanaara in handicap at this course (5f, good, 9/1) 14 days ago.

Two wins from 6 runs last year. Latest win at Madrid in September. Creditable 2¼ lengths third of 12 to Almanaara in handicap at this course (5f, good, 9/1) 14 days ago.

Blueberry historical data/form
9 (4)
61232-5
T

Es Raco (IRE) 14

b c Holy Roman Emperor - Laureldean Lady (Statue Of Liberty)

Has won at this Distance
D
4 8-11 t b
 - 

Four wins from 9 runs last year. 40/1 and tongue strap on for 1st time, creditable 2¾ lengths fifth of 12 to Almanaara in handicap at this course (5f, good) 14 days ago.

Four wins from 9 runs last year. 40/1 and tongue strap on for 1st time, creditable 2¾ lengths fifth of 12 to Almanaara in handicap at this course (5f, good) 14 days ago.

Es Raco historical data/form
10 (11)
811107-
T

Geological (IRE) 27

b g Rock Of Gibraltar - Bean Uasal (Oasis Dream)

Has won at this Distance
D
8 8-1
 - 

Four wins from 19 runs last year. Latest win at Dundalk in November. 14/1, below form seventh of 12 in handicap at Dundalk (7f) 27 days ago. Looks competitive on form.

Four wins from 19 runs last year. Latest win at Dundalk in November. 14/1, below form seventh of 12 in handicap at Dundalk (7f) 27 days ago. Looks competitive on form.

Geological historical data/form
11 (15)
374653-
i T

Wasim (IRE) 25

b h Acclamation - Quiet Protest (Kingmambo)

Has won at this Course
C
5 8-11
 - 

Course winner. Creditable third of 16 in handicap () at Abu Dhabi (7f, good) 25 days ago.

He has won four times from 6f to 7f on good to firm and good ground and on the all-weather. Third of 16 behind Yaalail beaten 1 1/2l on his latest outing at Abu Dhabi over 7f (good) in December last year.

Course winner. Creditable third of 16 in handicap () at Abu Dhabi (7f, good) 25 days ago.

Wasim historical data/form
12 (9)
38755-2
T

Dream Today (IRE) 7

b g Dream Ahead - Macheera (Machiavellian)

Has won at this Course and Distance
CD
5 8-10
 - 

C&D winner. Creditable second of 8 in handicap (7/1) at this C&D (good) 7 days ago. Merits consideration.

C&D winner. Creditable second of 8 in handicap (7/1) at this C&D (good) 7 days ago. Merits consideration.

Dream Today historical data/form
13 (14)
421-
T

Moment Of Silence (IRE) 61

b f Slade Power - Sleeping Beauty (Oasis Dream)

4 8-10
 - 

Thrice-raced winner. One win from 3 runs last year. Won 6-runner minor event at Wolverhampton (7.2f, 7/2) 61 days ago. Makes handicap debut. May well do better.

Thrice-raced winner. One win from 3 runs last year. Won 6-runner minor event at Wolverhampton (7.2f, 7/2) 61 days ago. Makes handicap debut. May well do better.

Moment Of Silence historical data/form
14 (12)
06550-3
T

Moqarrab (USA) 7

b g Speightstown - Grosse Pointe Anne (Silver Deputy)

5 8-10 v
 - 

Third of 8 in handicap at this C&D (good, 40/1) 7 days ago, nearest finish. Can give another good account.

Third of 8 in handicap at this C&D (good, 40/1) 7 days ago, nearest finish. Can give another good account.

Moqarrab historical data/form
15 (2)
76673-6
T

Portamento (IRE) 14

g h Shamardal - Octave (Unbridled's Song)

Has won at this Distance
D
8 8-10 t
 - 

Fourteen runs since last win in 2018. 25/1, respectable 3 lengths sixth of 12 to Almanaara in handicap at this course (5f, good) 14 days ago. Needs a couple of these to falter.

Fourteen runs since last win in 2018. 25/1, respectable 3 lengths sixth of 12 to Almanaara in handicap at this course (5f, good) 14 days ago. Needs a couple of these to falter.

Portamento historical data/form
16 (6)
203335-
T

Woven (GB) 117

ch c Dutch Art - Regal Silk (Pivotal)

4 8-9
 - 

10/1, fifth of 7 in handicap at Chelmsford City (7f). Off 117 days. Others more persuasive.

10/1, fifth of 7 in handicap at Chelmsford City (7f). Off 117 days. Others more persuasive.

Woven historical data/form
17
658761/
T

Taneen (USA) 664

b g Speightstown - Moon And Sun (Malibu Moon)

Has won at this Distance
D
7 8-8 h
 - 

First run since leaving Maria Ritchie when improved to win 9-runner minor event at Jebel Ali (5f, 12/1). Off 22 months. RESERVE.

First run since leaving Maria Ritchie when improved to win 9-runner minor event at Jebel Ali (5f, 12/1). Off 22 months. RESERVE.

Taneen historical data/form

A key piece of form for this contest is the 5f event that Almanaara won here on the opening night of the Carnival, where he beat the likes of Blueberry, Riflescope and ES RACO. The winner has to be respected today but his three victories so far in the UAE followed breaks of 237, 54 and 294 days, which makes this quick return a slight concern. With that in mind, the preference is for Es Raco, who caught the eye when staying on well to finish fifth on that occasion and the five-time dirt winner in Sweden should appreciate the step back up in trip. Similar comments also apply to Riflescope, although he is vulnerable off his current mark. Dream Today and Moqarrab are closely matched based on their meeting here behind Ekhtiyaar last week, while Summerghand and Yattwee are others to note.

2

15:05 Meydan (Dubai) (3YO plus)

Al Furjan Handicap - Dirt

6f

Winner 282,387AED - 11 ran

No.
(Draw)
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
1 (5)
4277-76
T

Nine Below Zero (GB) 7

b g Showcasing - Finesse (Shamardal)

Has won at this Course and Distance
CD
5 9-6 v
 - 

C&D winner. 16/1 and visored for 1st time, sixth of 8 in handicap at Meydan (6f, good) 7 days ago, doing too much too soon.

C&D winner. 16/1 and visored for 1st time, sixth of 8 in handicap at Meydan (6f, good) 7 days ago, doing too much too soon.

Nine Below Zero historical data/form
2 (3)
211461-
T

Fasuba (IRE) 62

b g Power - Varmint Lady (Orpen)

Has won at this Distance
D
6 9-3
 - 

Four wins from 8 runs last year. Didn't need to improve to win 10-runner Gr 2 at Taipa (8f) 62 days ago by 2¼ lengths from Pearl Green. Back down in trip.

Four wins from 8 runs last year. Didn't need to improve to win 10-runner Gr 2 at Taipa (8f) 62 days ago by 2¼ lengths from Pearl Green. Back down in trip.

Fasuba historical data/form
3 (10)
633211-
T

Intuitive (IRE) 99

b g Haatef - Majraa (Invincible Spirit)

Has won at this Distance
D
4 9-2
 - 

Three wins from 7 runs last year. Career best when winning 13-runner handicap at Kempton (7f, 13/8), keeping on well. Off 99 days. First run for yard after leaving James Tate. Should go well again.

Three wins from 7 runs last year. Career best when winning 13-runner handicap at Kempton (7f, 13/8), keeping on well. Off 99 days. First run for yard after leaving James Tate. Should go well again.

Intuitive historical data/form
4 (9)
353941-
T

My Catch (IRE) 28

bay g Camacho - Catch The Sea (Barathea)

Has won at this Course and Distance
CD
9 9-2
 - 

4-time C&D winner. 5/1, improved on recent efforts to win 9-runner handicap at this C&D 28 days ago, keeping on well. 6 lb rise unlikely to prevent another bold bid.

4-time C&D winner. 5/1, improved on recent efforts to win 9-runner handicap at this C&D 28 days ago, keeping on well. 6 lb rise unlikely to prevent another bold bid.

My Catch historical data/form
5 (7)
224/358-
T

Behavioral Bias (USA) 313

ch g Shackleford - Rosie Dooley (Trempolino)

Has won at this Distance
D
6 8-13 t p1
 - 

Third in Jebel Ali Mile in early-2019 but well below form last 2 starts. Off 10 months ahead of handicap debut.

Third in Jebel Ali Mile in early-2019 but well below form last 2 starts. Off 10 months ahead of handicap debut.

Behavioral Bias historical data/form
6 (1)
504812-
T

Desert Doctor (IRE) 33

ch g Society Rock - Dorn Hill (Lujain)

Has won at this Distance
D
5 8-11
 - 

Seven wins from 27 Flat runs. Three wins from 13 runs last year. Very good second of 8 in handicap at Wolverhampton (6.1f, 5/1) 33 days ago, finishing well. Merits consideration.

Seven wins from 27 Flat runs. Three wins from 13 runs last year. Very good second of 8 in handicap at Wolverhampton (6.1f, 5/1) 33 days ago, finishing well. Merits consideration.

Desert Doctor historical data/form
7 (4)
225023-
T

Bochart (GB) 42

ch g Dubawi - Camlet (Green Desert)

Has won at this Course
C
Has won at this Distance
D
7 8-10 t
 - 

Course winner. 11/1, 10½ lengths third of 8 to Ibn Malik in listed race at this C&D 42 days ago.

Course winner. 11/1, 10½ lengths third of 8 to Ibn Malik in listed race at this C&D 42 days ago.

Bochart historical data/form
8 (6)
228110/
T

Tribal Quest (USA) 553

b g War Front - Haka (Dynaformer)

Has won at this Distance
D
Was beaten favourite last time out
BF
5 8-9
 - 

Useful performer. Won first 2 starts in 2018 before disappointing on final outing. First run for 20 months.

Useful performer. Won first 2 starts in 2018 before disappointing on final outing. First run for 20 months.

Tribal Quest historical data/form
9 (11)
34054-0
T

Trickbag (USA) 14

b g -

Has won at this Distance
D
6 8-7 v
 - 

Fifteen runs since last win in 2018. 80/1, eleventh of 12 in handicap at Meydan (5f, good) 14 days ago. Others more persuasive.

Fifteen runs since last win in 2018. 80/1, eleventh of 12 in handicap at Meydan (5f, good) 14 days ago. Others more persuasive.

Trickbag historical data/form
10 (2)
21/2125-
T

Beachcomber Bay (IRE) 28

b g Invincible Spirit - Beach Bunny (High Chaparral)

Has won at this Course and Distance
CD
5 8-5 t b
 - 

C&D winner. 9/1, respectable 7¼ lengths fifth of 9 to My Catch in handicap at this C&D on return 28 days ago.

C&D winner. 9/1, respectable 7¼ lengths fifth of 9 to My Catch in handicap at this C&D on return 28 days ago.

Beachcomber Bay historical data/form
11 (8)
16/99-
T

The Song Of John (USA) 28

b c Colonel John - Golden Silk (Songandaprayer)

4 8-5
 - 

13¼ lengths last of 9 to My Catch in handicap at this C&D (16/1) 28 days ago.

13¼ lengths last of 9 to My Catch in handicap at this C&D (16/1) 28 days ago.

The Song Of John historical data/form

The five-time course winner My Catch impressively returned to winning ways for the first time in nearly two years over C&D shortly before Christmas. That said, he made all from stall three on that occasion and that will be a lot harder to do from box nine today, while a 6lb rise in the ratings is another concern. Fawzi Nass' stable has yet to hit top form so far this season but the application of a first-time visor appeared to sharpen up NINE BELOW ZERO on the turf here last week and he could be hard to beat in this race if they have the same impact. The son of Showcasing was only beaten a neck by Drafted in a Group 3 over C&D at his best last season and he can be given one final chance today. Bochart was not disgraced in the Garhoud Sprint here last month and he will be hard to peg back if getting to the front.

3

15:40 Meydan (Dubai) (3YO plus)

Zabeel Turf Sponsored By Riviera 1 Listed Handicap - Turf

1m 2f

Winner 366,056AED - 11 ran

No.
(Draw)
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
1 (1)
1112/00-
T

Astronomer (IRE) 336

b h Galileo - Like A Dame (Danehill)

5 8-6 (ow 1) p1
 - 

22/1 and blinkered for 1st time tongue strap on for 1st time, last of 14 in handicap at this course (12f, good). Off 11 months.

22/1 and blinkered for 1st time tongue strap on for 1st time, last of 14 in handicap at this course (12f, good). Off 11 months.

Astronomer historical data/form
2 (2)
105090-
i T

Dream Castle (GB) 82

b g Frankel - Sand Vixen (Dubawi)

Has won at this Course
C
6 9-6
 - 

14¼ lengths last of 11 to Chief Ironside in Group 2 Crystal Mile (16/1) at Moonee Valley (8f, good) 82 days ago. Back up in trip. Completed hat-trick here last winter and highly respected.

He has won four times from 7f to 1m 1f on good ground. Beaten 14l behind UNKNOWN when 11th of 0 on his latest outing at Moonee Valley over 1m (good) in October last year.

14¼ lengths last of 11 to Chief Ironside in Group 2 Crystal Mile (16/1) at Moonee Valley (8f, good) 82 days ago. Back up in trip. Completed hat-trick here last winter and highly respected.

Dream Castle historical data/form
3 (3)
5115/0-8
T

Dubai Horizon (IRE) 14

b g Poet's Voice - Chibola (Roy)

Has won at this Distance
D
6 8-11 v
 - 

Eighth of 12 in handicap at this course (12f, good, 33/1) 14 days ago, left poorly placed. Not easy to make a case for.

Eighth of 12 in handicap at this course (12f, good, 33/1) 14 days ago, left poorly placed. Not easy to make a case for.

Dubai Horizon historical data/form
4 (4)
350333-
T

First Nation (GB) 165

bay g Dubawi - Moyesii (Diesis)

Has won at this Course and Distance
CD
6 8-13 p1
 - 

C&D winner this time last year. 59/10, creditable 2¼ lengths third of 8 to Ashrun in Prix de Reux at Deauville (12.4f, good). Off 165 days. Back down in trip. Not discounted.

C&D winner this time last year. 59/10, creditable 2¼ lengths third of 8 to Ashrun in Prix de Reux at Deauville (12.4f, good). Off 165 days. Back down in trip. Not discounted.

First Nation historical data/form
5 (5)
010421-
T

Certain Lad (GB) 117

b g Clodovil - Chelsey Jayne (Galileo)

Has won at this Distance
D
4 8-6
 - 

Five wins from 17 Flat runs. 11/4, won 10-runner handicap at Ayr (10f, good to firm), keeping on well. Off 117 days. Needs a couple of these to falter.

Five wins from 17 Flat runs. 11/4, won 10-runner handicap at Ayr (10f, good to firm), keeping on well. Off 117 days. Needs a couple of these to falter.

Certain Lad historical data/form
6 (6)
112-
T

Simsir (IRE) 27

b g Zoffany - Simawa (Anabaa)

Has won at this Distance
D
Was beaten favourite last time out
BF
4 8-5
 - 

Thrice-raced winner. Two wins from 3 runs last year. Latest win at Dundalk in September. Second of 13 in handicap (5/2) at Dundalk (10.7f) 27 days ago. Open to progress.

Thrice-raced winner. Two wins from 3 runs last year. Latest win at Dundalk in September. Second of 13 in handicap (5/2) at Dundalk (10.7f) 27 days ago. Open to progress.

Simsir historical data/form
7 (7)
342431-
T

Desert Fire (IRE) 134

b h Cape Cross - Crystal House (Golden Voyager)

Has won at this Course
C
Has won at this Distance
D
5 9-2 p
 - 

Course winner. Career best when winning 6-runner handicap at Chelmsford City (10f, 7/2), well positioned. Off 134 days. Can give a good account without posing serious threat to principals.

Course winner. Career best when winning 6-runner handicap at Chelmsford City (10f, 7/2), well positioned. Off 134 days. Can give a good account without posing serious threat to principals.

Desert Fire historical data/form
8 (8)
1/1543-4
T

Famous Wolf (FR) 7

bay g Kendargent - More Than Famous (More Than Ready)

Has won at this Distance
D
4 8-8
 - 

33/1, first run since leaving A. Fabre when 5 lengths fourth of 5 to Benbatl in Singspiel Stakes at this course (9f, good) 7 days ago. Makes handicap debut.

33/1, first run since leaving A. Fabre when 5 lengths fourth of 5 to Benbatl in Singspiel Stakes at this course (9f, good) 7 days ago. Makes handicap debut.

Famous Wolf historical data/form
9 (9)
12/117-
T

Art Du Val (GB) 167

b g No Nay Never - Aquarelle Rare (Rainbow Quest)

Has won at this Course and Distance
CD
4 8-10
 - 

Course winner. 15¼ lengths seventh of 9 to Duke of Hazzard in Thoroughbred Stakes at Goodwood (8f, good to firm, 7/2). Off 167 days. Back up in trip. Makes handicap debut. Open to improvement.

Course winner. 15¼ lengths seventh of 9 to Duke of Hazzard in Thoroughbred Stakes at Goodwood (8f, good to firm, 7/2). Off 167 days. Back up in trip. Makes handicap debut. Open to improvement.

Art Du Val historical data/form
10 (10)
2/56222-
T

Loxley (IRE) 43

b g New Approach - Lady Marian (Nayef)

Has won at this Distance
D
Was beaten favourite last time out
BF
5 9-1 p
 - 

Cheekpieces on for 1st time, creditable neck second of 8 to Pablo Escobarr in listed race (9/4) at Kempton (12f) 43 days ago, outbattled. Makes handicap debut on favourable mark. Shortlist material.

Cheekpieces on for 1st time, creditable neck second of 8 to Pablo Escobarr in listed race (9/4) at Kempton (12f) 43 days ago, outbattled. Makes handicap debut on favourable mark. Shortlist material.

Loxley historical data/form
11 (11)
495435-
T

Big Country (IRE) 96

b g High Chaparral - Mount Eliza (Danehill)

Has won at this Distance
D
7 8-7
 - 

Eleven runs since last win in 2018. 14/1, fifth of 7 in handicap at York (10.2f, soft). Off 96 days. First run for yard after leaving Michael Appleby. Looks competitive on form.

Eleven runs since last win in 2018. 14/1, fifth of 7 in handicap at York (10.2f, soft). Off 96 days. First run for yard after leaving Michael Appleby. Looks competitive on form.

Big Country historical data/form

Godolphin look set to dominate this contest and DREAM CASTLE is the pick of their sextet, despite having to give weight to all of his rivals today. The son of Frankel improved significantly for a gelding operation prior to last year's Carnival and he went on to win the Group 1 Jebel Hatta over 1m1f on Super Saturday, which followed victories in the Al Rashidiya and Singspiel Stakes. He disappointed in two appearances in Australia last autumn but it is far too soon to be writing him off. Loxley hit the crossbar in three Listed events towards the back end of last season and he will be hard to keep out of the frame today, although his desire to win can be questioned. First Nation has run well in defeat multiple times since winning over C&D on this card 12 months ago and he merits respect off just 4lb higher today. Art Du Val remains unexposed and should be capable of winning a race at the Carnival, while Desert Fire also makes the shortlist.

4

16:15 Meydan (Dubai) (3YO plus)

Cape Verdi Sponsored By Creek Views Group 2 - Turf

1m

Winner 522,934AED - 8 ran

No.
(Draw)
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
1 (1)
275323-
T

Hateya (IRE) 116

b m Footstepsinthesand - Selfsame (Dansili)

Has won at this Distance
D
5 9-0
96

Useful mare. Twelve runs since last win in 2018. Creditable length third of 8 to Appelina in listed race (166/10) at Bro Park (8f, good). Off 116 days. Not easy to make a case for.

Useful mare. Twelve runs since last win in 2018. Creditable length third of 8 to Appelina in listed race (166/10) at Bro Park (8f, good). Off 116 days. Not easy to make a case for.

Hateya historical data/form
2 (2)
1514/11-
T

Nisreen (IRE) 31

che m Raven's Pass - Badweia (Kingmambo)

Has won at this Distance
D
6 9-0
 - 

Useful mare. Didn't need to be at best when winning 13-runner minor event at Deauville (9.4f, evens) 31 days ago. First run for yard after leaving J. E. Hammond. Needs a couple of these to falter.

Useful mare. Didn't need to be at best when winning 13-runner minor event at Deauville (9.4f, evens) 31 days ago. First run for yard after leaving J. E. Hammond. Needs a couple of these to falter.

Nisreen historical data/form
3 (3)
13/26-
T

Magic Lily (GB) 61

ch m New Approach - Dancing Rain (Danehill Dancer)

Has won at this Distance
D
5 9-0
100

Smart mare. 5/1, bit below form 4½ lengths sixth of 14 to Scentasia in listed race at Lingfield (10f, AW) 61 days ago. Down in trip. Not discounted.

Smart mare. 5/1, bit below form 4½ lengths sixth of 14 to Scentasia in listed race at Lingfield (10f, AW) 61 days ago. Down in trip. Not discounted.

Magic Lily historical data/form
4 (4)
112101-
T

Peri Lina (TUR) 60

g m Falco - Efisia

Has won at this Distance
D
5 9-0 h
96

Useful mare. Four wins from 10 runs last year. Didn't need to improve to win 7-runner minor event at Veliefendi (9.9f) 60 days ago. Back down in trip. First run for yard after leaving Alper Ciger.

Useful mare. Four wins from 10 runs last year. Didn't need to improve to win 7-runner minor event at Veliefendi (9.9f) 60 days ago. Back down in trip. First run for yard after leaving Alper Ciger.

Peri Lina historical data/form
5 (5)
210112-
T

Maamora (IRE) 116

b f Dubawi - Zoowraa (Azamour)

Has won at this Distance
D
4 9-0
99

Useful filly. Three wins from 8 runs last year. 7/2, creditable ½-length second of 8 to Appelina in listed race at Bro Par(8f, good). Off 116 days. Needs career best.

Useful filly. Three wins from 8 runs last year. 7/2, creditable ½-length second of 8 to Appelina in listed race at Bro Par(8f, good). Off 116 days. Needs career best.

Maamora historical data/form
6 (6)
321151-
T

Surrounding (IRE) 76

b m Lilbourne Lad - Roundabout Girl (Doubletour)

Has won at this Distance
D
7 9-0
105

Smart mare. Four wins from 9 runs last year. Career best when winning 14-runner listed race (10/11) at Dundalk (8f) 76 days ago by 2¾ lengths from Crotchet, forging clear. Looks competitive on form.

Smart mare. Four wins from 9 runs last year. Career best when winning 14-runner listed race (10/11) at Dundalk (8f) 76 days ago by 2¾ lengths from Crotchet, forging clear. Looks competitive on form.

Surrounding historical data/form
7 (7)
1167/40-
T

Beyond Reason (IRE) 167

b f Australia - No Explaining (Azamour)

4 9-0
98

Useful filly. 28/1, 4 lengths twelfth of 17 to Billesdon Brook in Oak Tree Stakes at Goodwood (7f, good to firm). Off 167 days. Up in grade and needs more.

Useful filly. 28/1, 4 lengths twelfth of 17 to Billesdon Brook in Oak Tree Stakes at Goodwood (7f, good to firm). Off 167 days. Up in grade and needs more.

Beyond Reason historical data/form
8 (8)
81/01-
T

Dubai Blue (USA) 138

b f More Than Ready - Speckled (Street Cry)

Has won at this Distance
D
4 9-0
100

Promising type. One win from 2 runs last year. 8/1, career best when winning 8-runner handicap at Lingfield (8f, AW) by 3¼ lengths from Hateya, plenty in hand. Off 138 days. Expected to be bang there.

Promising type. One win from 2 runs last year. 8/1, career best when winning 8-runner handicap at Lingfield (8f, AW) by 3¼ lengths from Hateya, plenty in hand. Off 138 days. Expected to be bang there.

Dubai Blue historical data/form

Far from a vintage renewal of this Group 2 contest but preference is for SURROUNDING, who won a Group 3 over 7f as well as three Listed races in her native Ireland last year. She also ran well in defeat against some talented colts in the Group 2 Boomerang Stakes at Leopardstown in September and a mark of 105 suggests that she is the one to beat. Godolphin have won this race seven times in the last nine years but all of their representatives today have questions to answer. Both of Beyond Reason and Magic Lily have yet to rediscover their juvenile form. Dubai Blue beat Hateya by three and a quarter lengths when the pair met at Lingfield last summer but she is now 10lb worse off with that rival. That said, the daughter of More Than Ready had plenty in hand on that occasion and she remains open to improvement. Nisreen won two minor events in France last autumn and she is another who could go well.

5

16:50 Meydan (Dubai) (3YO plus)

Mina Handicap - Dirt

1m

Winner 282,387AED - 16 ran

No.
(Draw)
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
1 (3)
241145-
T

Thegreatcollection (USA) 28

b g Saint Anddan - Cactus Cadillac (Cactus Ridge)

Has won at this Course and Distance
CD
6 9-6 b
 - 

C&D winner. Five wins from 19 Flat runs. 4½ lengths fifth of 7 to Secret Ambition in listed race at this C&D (13/2) 28 days ago, not clear run. Not discounted.

C&D winner. Five wins from 19 Flat runs. 4½ lengths fifth of 7 to Secret Ambition in listed race at this C&D (13/2) 28 days ago, not clear run. Not discounted.

Thegreatcollection historical data/form
2 (2)
100339-
T

Ambassadorial (USA) 75

b g Elusive Quality - Tactfully (Discreet Cat)

6 9-5
 - 

829/10, 12 lengths ninth of 10 to Spun To Run in Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile at Santa Anita (8f) 75 days ago.

829/10, 12 lengths ninth of 10 to Spun To Run in Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile at Santa Anita (8f) 75 days ago.

Ambassadorial historical data/form
3 (16)
561115-
T

Plata O Plomo (USA) 116

b g Paddy O'prado - Profitability

Has won at this Distance
D
6 9-4 t v
 - 

Seven wins from 17 Flat runs. Three wins from 7 runs last year. Bit below form 9¼ lengths fifth of 10 to Duca Di Como in listed race (255/100) at Bro Park (8f). Off 116 days. Must improve.

Seven wins from 17 Flat runs. Three wins from 7 runs last year. Bit below form 9¼ lengths fifth of 10 to Duca Di Como in listed race (255/100) at Bro Park (8f). Off 116 days. Must improve.

Plata O Plomo historical data/form
4 (1)
1/528-
T

Superior (USA) 292

b c Majesticperfection - Tiz Fate

Has won at this Course and Distance
CD
4 9-3 t1
 - 

Cheekpieces on for 1st time, bit below form 13¾ lengths eighth of 14 to Plus Que Parfait in UAE Derby at this course (9.4f, 33/1). Off 9 months. Makes handicap debut.

Cheekpieces on for 1st time, bit below form 13¾ lengths eighth of 14 to Plus Que Parfait in UAE Derby at this course (9.4f, 33/1). Off 9 months. Makes handicap debut.

Superior historical data/form
5 (14)
012771-
T

Baengmunbaekdap (USA) 60

b g Tapizar - Shining Victory

5 9-0
 - 

Three wins from 11 runs last year. Career best when winning 15-runner listed race at Busan Gyeongnam (7f) 60 days ago from stablemate Today. Interesting what the market makes of him here.

Three wins from 11 runs last year. Career best when winning 15-runner listed race at Busan Gyeongnam (7f) 60 days ago from stablemate Today. Interesting what the market makes of him here.

Baengmunbaekdap historical data/form
6 (9)
3/10324-
T

Today (BUL) 39

ch g Drosselmeyer - Gone Goodbye (Gone for Real)

Has won at this Distance
D
6 9-0
 - 

32/10, creditable 3¾ lengths fourth of 10 to Moonhak Chief in Gr 1 at Seoul (11.4f) 39 days ago. Significantly down in trip. Needs a couple of these to falter.

32/10, creditable 3¾ lengths fourth of 10 to Moonhak Chief in Gr 1 at Seoul (11.4f) 39 days ago. Significantly down in trip. Needs a couple of these to falter.

Today historical data/form
7 (5)
74167/6-
T

Yulong Warrior (USA) 28

b h Street Cry - Mahkama (Bernardini)

Has won at this Course and Distance
CD
5 9-0 b
 - 

C&D winner. 12/1, first run since leaving Doug F. O'Neill when 8 lengths sixth of 7 to Secret Ambition in listed race at this C&D 28 days ago. Makes handicap debut.

C&D winner. 12/1, first run since leaving Doug F. O'Neill when 8 lengths sixth of 7 to Secret Ambition in listed race at this C&D 28 days ago. Makes handicap debut.

Yulong Warrior historical data/form
8 (12)
138323-
i T

Red Hot Chili (SWE) 74

ch g Eishin dunkirk - Delta Downs (Deputy Minister)

Has won at this Distance
D
7 8-11 t1 p
 - 

Latest win at Jagersro in July. Respectable 4½ lengths third of 8 to Victor Kalejs in listed race at Bro Park (10.4f) 74 days ago. Back down in trip. Merits consideration.

Has won nine races from 5f to 1m 2f including 7 wins on the all-weather (1 FB). Third of 8 behind UNKNOWN beaten 4 1/2l on his latest outing at Bro Park over 1m 2f in November last year.

Latest win at Jagersro in July. Respectable 4½ lengths third of 8 to Victor Kalejs in listed race at Bro Park (10.4f) 74 days ago. Back down in trip. Merits consideration.

Red Hot Chili historical data/form
9 (11)
5934/06-
T

Aqabah (USA) 329

b g Exchange Rate - Fast Tip (Najran)

5 8-10
 - 

Respectable sixth of 12 in handicap (8/1) at this course (7f). Off 10 months. First run for yard after leaving Charlie Appleby. Has work to do.

Respectable sixth of 12 in handicap (8/1) at this course (7f). Off 10 months. First run for yard after leaving Charlie Appleby. Has work to do.

Aqabah historical data/form
10 (10)
116425-
T

Captain Von Trapp (USA) 186

b c Trappe Shot - Julie From Dixie (Dixie Union)

Has won at this Distance
D
4 8-10
 - 

Two wins from 6 runs last year. 85/10, fifth of 7 in minor event at Laurel (7f). Off 6 months. First run for yard after leaving Steven M. Asmussen. Makes handicap debut.

Two wins from 6 runs last year. 85/10, fifth of 7 in minor event at Laurel (7f). Off 6 months. First run for yard after leaving Steven M. Asmussen. Makes handicap debut.

Captain Von Trapp historical data/form
11
61/11-5
T

Dubai Icon (GB) 14

b c New Approach - Arabian Beauty (Shamardal)

Has won at this Distance
D
4 8-10
 - 

NON RUNNER.

NON RUNNER.

Dubai Icon historical data/form
12 (7)
311/7-
T

Talento Puma (ARG) 42

b c Equal Talent - Emma S Way

5 8-10 h
 - 

Hooded for 1st time, first run since leaving Juan F. Saldivia when tailed-off last of 7 to Military Law in listed race (11/1) at this course (9.9f) 42 days ago. Down in trip. Makes handicap debut.

Hooded for 1st time, first run since leaving Juan F. Saldivia when tailed-off last of 7 to Military Law in listed race (11/1) at this course (9.9f) 42 days ago. Down in trip. Makes handicap debut.

Talento Puma historical data/form
13 (6)
04/2111-
T

Midnight Sands (USA) 42

ch c Speightstown - It's Midnight (Shamardal)

Has won at this Course
C
4 8-9
 - 

Three wins from 4 runs last year. 4/5, career best when winning 15-runner handicap at this course (7f) 42 days ago, always holding on. Has good chance on pick of form.

Three wins from 4 runs last year. 4/5, career best when winning 15-runner handicap at this course (7f) 42 days ago, always holding on. Has good chance on pick of form.

Midnight Sands historical data/form
14 (13)
147824-
T

Stricker (GB) 163

ch g Poet's Voice - Sensible (Almutawakel)

Has won at this Distance
D
6 8-9 t1 b
 - 

15¼ lengths eighth of 10 to Red Hot Chili in handicap at Jagersro (8.6f) in July. Only market support would make him of interest on return to action.

15¼ lengths eighth of 10 to Red Hot Chili in handicap at Jagersro (8.6f) in July. Only market support would make him of interest on return to action.

Stricker historical data/form
15 (8)
30148-5
T

Laieth (GB) 7

b g Dubawi - First City (Diktat)

Has won at this Distance
D
5 8-8
 - 

25/1, first run since leaving Saeed Bin Suroor when respectable fifth of 12 in handicap at Meydan (8f, good to soft) 7 days ago, ridden too aggressively. Needs to build on that now.

25/1, first run since leaving Saeed Bin Suroor when respectable fifth of 12 in handicap at Meydan (8f, good to soft) 7 days ago, ridden too aggressively. Needs to build on that now.

Laieth historical data/form
16 (15)
128514-
T

George Villiers (IRE) 28

b h Dubawi - Comic (Be My Chief)

Has won at this Course and Distance
CD
5 8-7 b
 - 

C&D winner. Latest win here in November. Respectable 3½ lengths fourth of 14 to Golden Goal in handicap at this C&D (6/1) 28 days ago, nearest finish. Not taken lightly.

C&D winner. Latest win here in November. Respectable 3½ lengths fourth of 14 to Golden Goal in handicap at this C&D (6/1) 28 days ago, nearest finish. Not taken lightly.

George Villiers historical data/form
17 (4)
817611-
T

Assimilation (IRE) 35

b g Xtension - Park Glen (Tagula)

Has won at this Distance
D
4 8-7
 - 

Three wins from 11 runs last year. Career best when winning 8-runner handicap (10/1) at Chelmsford City (8f) 35 days ago, driven out. Well and truly on the up when last seen and respected here.

Three wins from 11 runs last year. Career best when winning 8-runner handicap (10/1) at Chelmsford City (8f) 35 days ago, driven out. Well and truly on the up when last seen and respected here.

Assimilation historical data/form
18
851192-
T

Edaraat (GB) 115

b g Exceed and Excel - Deglet Noor (New Approach)

Has won at this Distance
D
Was beaten favourite last time out
BF
4 8-6
 - 

Latest win at Redcar in July. 11/4, creditable second of 8 in handicap at Kempton (8f). Off 115 days. First run for yard after leaving Roger Varian. Reserve 1.

Latest win at Redcar in July. 11/4, creditable second of 8 in handicap at Kempton (8f). Off 115 days. First run for yard after leaving Roger Varian. Reserve 1.

Edaraat historical data/form
19
31/572-
T

Starry Eyes (USA) 300

ch f Animal Kingdom - Starship Elusive (Elusive Quality)

4 8-5
 - 

Very good second of 8 in minor event (7/2) at Jebel Ali (1m) in March. Makes handicap debut. Reserve 2.

Very good second of 8 in minor event (7/2) at Jebel Ali (1m) in March. Makes handicap debut. Reserve 2.

Starry Eyes historical data/form
20
6196/31-
T

Golden Goal (IRE) 28

g g Dark Angel - Golden Rosie (Exceed and Excel)

Has won at this Course and Distance
CD
6 8-5
 - 

One win from 2 runs last year. 9/2, career best when winning 14-runner handicap at this C&D 28 days ago, driven out. Possibilities again if getting a run. Reserve 3.

One win from 2 runs last year. 9/2, career best when winning 14-runner handicap at this C&D 28 days ago, driven out. Possibilities again if getting a run. Reserve 3.

Golden Goal historical data/form

Midnight Sands is bound to be popular having won twice over 7f here earlier in the season and the yard have been very bullish about him being a Carnival horse for quite a while now. That said, his form is not that strong and he finds himself on a career-high mark in a much stronger race. With that in mind, preference is for THEGREATCOLLECTION, who is a proven performer over C&D and he may have put in a career-best in the Dubai Creek Mile last month, but he ran into the back of a tiring rival at the top of the straight and lost a few lengths and crucial momentum. That is strong form, as the first two home fought out the finish in the first round of the Al Maktoum Challenge here last week, and he could have a class edge today. Captain Von Trapp displayed plenty of ability in the US last year and he merits respect on his UAE debut, while Yulong Warrior and Plata O Plomo merit each-way consideration.

6

17:25 Meydan (Dubai) (3YO plus)

Aliyah Handicap - Turf

1m

Winner 366,056AED - 16 ran

No.
(Draw)
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
1 (10)
33143-3
T

Suedois (FR) 14

b g Le Havre - Cup Cake (Singspiel)

Has won at this Distance
D
9 9-6
 - 

Latest win at Goodwood in August. Creditable 1½ lengths third of 11 to Major Partnership in handicap at this course (7f, good, 11/4) 14 days ago. Can make presence felt.

Latest win at Goodwood in August. Creditable 1½ lengths third of 11 to Major Partnership in handicap at this course (7f, good, 11/4) 14 days ago. Can make presence felt.

Suedois historical data/form
2 (13)
01000-1
T

Major Partnership (IRE) 14

g h Iffraaj - Roystonea (Polish Precedent)

Has won at this Course and Distance
CD
5 9-0 t
 -