Meydan 20 February 2020

Going: Good
Draw Advantage: High

Instructions

1

14:30 Meydan (Dubai) (Class 1) (4YO plus)

Dubai Millennium Stakes Sponsored By Jaguar Group 3 Stakes - Turf

1m 2f

Winner 402,620AED - 6 ran

No.
(Draw)
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
1 (1)
11/30-5
T

Royal Meeting (IRE) 28

b c Invincible Spirit - Rock Opera (LECTURE)

4 8-13 t p1
107

Smart colt. 9/2, 9¼ lengths fifth of 7 to Glorious Journey in Al Fahidi Fort at this course (7f, good to firm) 28 days ago. Significantly up in trip.

Smart colt. 9/2, 9¼ lengths fifth of 7 to Glorious Journey in Al Fahidi Fort at this course (7f, good to firm) 28 days ago. Significantly up in trip.

Royal Meeting historical data/form
2 (2)
63/1173-
T

Spotify (FR) 255

b h Redoute's Choice - Gwenseb (Green Tune)

Has won at this Course and Distance
CD
6 9-0 p
112

Smart gelding. C&D winner. Two wins from 4 runs last year, including this. Creditable 1¾ lengths third of 7 to Danceteria in La Coupe at Longchamp (9.9f, good, 72/10), staying on well. Off 8 months.

Smart gelding. C&D winner. Two wins from 4 runs last year, including this. Creditable 1¾ lengths third of 7 to Danceteria in La Coupe at Longchamp (9.9f, good, 72/10), staying on well. Off 8 months.

Spotify historical data/form
3 (3)
0421-13
T

Certain Lad (GB) 21

b g Clodovil - Chelsey Jayne (Galileo)

Has won at this Course and Distance
CD
4 8-13
104

Smart gelding. C&D winner. Six wins from 19 Flat runs. Latest win here in January. Good third of 14 in handicap (13/2) at this C&D (good to firm) 21 days ago. Bit to find.

Smart gelding. C&D winner. Six wins from 19 Flat runs. Latest win here in January. Good third of 14 in handicap (13/2) at this C&D (good to firm) 21 days ago. Bit to find.

Certain Lad historical data/form
4 (4)
12114-9
T
4 8-13 t1
95

Useful colt. Four wins from 7 runs last year. Latest win at Ovrevoll in September. 40/1, ninth of 11 in handicap at this course (9f, good) 14 days ago. Easy to look elsewhere.

Useful colt. Four wins from 7 runs last year. Latest win at Ovrevoll in September. 40/1, ninth of 11 in handicap at this course (9f, good) 14 days ago. Easy to look elsewhere.

Privilegiado historical data/form
5 (5)
831111-
T

Desert Encounter (IRE) 131

b g Halling - La Chicana (Invincible Spirit)

Has won at this Distance
D
8 9-5 h
115

Very smart gelding. Four wins from 8 runs last year. Didn't need to improve to win 6-runner Canadian International at Woodbine (12f, good, 6/4) by ½ length from Alounak, slowly away. Off 131 days.

Very smart gelding. Four wins from 8 runs last year. Didn't need to improve to win 6-runner Canadian International at Woodbine (12f, good, 6/4) by ½ length from Alounak, slowly away. Off 131 days.

Desert Encounter historical data/form
6 (6)
11/1310-
T

Ghaiyyath (IRE) 137

bay h Dubawi - Nightime (Galileo)

Has won at this Distance
D
5 9-5
126

High-class horse. 13/1, well-beaten tenth of 12 to Waldgeist in Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp (11.9f, good to soft), ridden too aggressively. Off 137 days. Standard bearer.

High-class horse. 13/1, well-beaten tenth of 12 to Waldgeist in Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp (11.9f, good to soft), ridden too aggressively. Off 137 days. Standard bearer.

Ghaiyyath historical data/form

It is very hard to oppose GHAIYYATH, who is significantly better than what he showed when well held in the Arc last time. The son of Dubawi won a German Group 1 in September and he also struck in the Group 2 Prix d'Harcourt in April. Outside of his racecourse debut, the five-year-old is unbeaten when returning from a break of 100 days or more and he should be a class above this field. Spotify won this race 12 months ago but he was race-fit on that occasion and still only beat a 111-rated rival by a short head. That form suggests that he will do very well to beat the selection today. Desert Encounter was arguably in the form of his life in the second half of 2019, with four consecutive victories and the last of them came in the Grade 1 Canadian International at Woodbine, although that was not a vintage of renewal of the valuable prize. Royal Meeting was a bit disappointing in the Al Fahidi Fort but it is too soon to be completely writing him off.

2

15:05 Meydan (Dubai) (4YO plus)

Jaguar XE (Divison 1) Handicap - Turf

1m

Winner 271,768AED - 13 ran

No.
(Draw)
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
1 (1)
7312/89-
T

Masaarr (USA) 363

ch g Distorted Humor - Aryaamm (Galileo)

Has won at this Distance
D
5 9-6
105

10¾ lengths ninth of 10 to Montsarrat in listed race at Jebel Ali (9.7f, 15/2). Off 12 months.

10¾ lengths ninth of 10 to Montsarrat in listed race at Jebel Ali (9.7f, 15/2). Off 12 months.

Masaarr historical data/form
2 (6)
000-106
T

Major Partnership (IRE) 14

g h Iffraaj - Roystonea (Polish Precedent)

Has won at this Course and Distance
CD
5 9-4 t p
103

C&D winner. Latest win here in January. 11/2, respectable sixth of 10 in handicap at this course (7f, good) 14 days ago. Can give a good account again.

C&D winner. Latest win here in January. 11/2, respectable sixth of 10 in handicap at this course (7f, good) 14 days ago. Can give a good account again.

Major Partnership historical data/form
3 (13)
11058-0
T

Motafaawit (IRE) 21

b g Intikhab - Rayaheen (Nayef)

4 9-2
101

Two wins from 5 runs last year. 25/1, first run since leaving Richard Hannon when thirteenth of 16 in handicap at this C&D (good to firm) 21 days ago. This should reveal more.

Two wins from 5 runs last year. 25/1, first run since leaving Richard Hannon when thirteenth of 16 in handicap at this C&D (good to firm) 21 days ago. This should reveal more.

Motafaawit historical data/form
4 (3)
P683/0-0
T

Noivado (IRE) 47

b g Casamento - Maybe I Will (Hawk Wing)

6 8-13
98

Eleven runs since last win in 2016. 50/1, fifteenth of 16 in handicap at Meydan (7f, dirt) 47 days ago. Higher on weights back on turf.

Eleven runs since last win in 2016. 50/1, fifteenth of 16 in handicap at Meydan (7f, dirt) 47 days ago. Higher on weights back on turf.

Noivado historical data/form
5 (14)
44350-8
T

Seniority (GB) 27

ch g Dubawi - Anna Palariva (Caerleon)

Has won at this Distance
D
6 8-13 p1
98

Eleven runs since last win in 2018. First run since leaving William Haggas when 16¼ lengths last of 8 to Chiefdom in Jebel Ali Mile (14/1) at Jebel Ali (8f) 27 days ago.

Eleven runs since last win in 2018. First run since leaving William Haggas when 16¼ lengths last of 8 to Chiefdom in Jebel Ali Mile (14/1) at Jebel Ali (8f) 27 days ago.

Seniority historical data/form
6 (4)
4625-26
T

Firmament (GB) 21

b g Cape Cross - Heaven Sent (Pivotal)

Has won at this Distance
D
8 8-11 p
96

Respectable sixth of 16 in handicap at this C&D (good to firm, 13/2) 21 days ago, not ideally placed. Not taken lightly.

Respectable sixth of 16 in handicap at this C&D (good to firm, 13/2) 21 days ago, not ideally placed. Not taken lightly.

Firmament historical data/form
7 (9)
2/162-43
T

Good Fortune (GB) 21

b g New Approach - Mazuna (Cape Cross)

Has won at this Course
C
4 8-11 t
96

Course winner. One win from 3 runs last year. 100/30, creditable third of 16 in handicap at this C&D (good to firm) 21 days ago. Shortlist material.

Course winner. One win from 3 runs last year. 100/30, creditable third of 16 in handicap at this C&D (good to firm) 21 days ago. Shortlist material.

Good Fortune historical data/form
8 (12)
7081-57
T

Freescape (GB) 21

ch g Cityscape - Careless Freedom (Bertolini)

Has won at this Distance
D
5 8-9
94

Latest win at Dundalk in December. 20/1, respectable seventh of 16 in handicap at this C&D (good to firm) 21 days ago. Each-way claims.

Latest win at Dundalk in December. 20/1, respectable seventh of 16 in handicap at this C&D (good to firm) 21 days ago. Each-way claims.

Freescape historical data/form
9 (5)
2314-40
T

Moqtarreb (GB) 21

b g Kingman - Elshaadin (Dalakhani)

Has won at this Distance
D
4 8-9
94

15/2, bit below form tenth of 16 in handicap at this C&D (good to firm) 21 days ago. Needs to bounce back.

15/2, bit below form tenth of 16 in handicap at this C&D (good to firm) 21 days ago. Needs to bounce back.

Moqtarreb historical data/form
10 (8)
613-450
T

Mailshot (USA) 21

ch g Hard Spun - Newsreel (A.P. Indy)

Has won at this Course and Distance
CD
6 8-8
93

C&D winner. Latest win at Abu Dhabi in October. Twelfth of 14 in handicap at this course (9.9f, good to firm, 25/1) 21 days ago. Back down in trip.

C&D winner. Latest win at Abu Dhabi in October. Twelfth of 14 in handicap at this course (9.9f, good to firm, 25/1) 21 days ago. Back down in trip.

Mailshot historical data/form
11 (2)
02485-9
T

Shanty Star (USA) 14

b c Hard Spun - Little Nellie

4 8-8
93

Ninth of 10 in handicap at this course (7f, good, 33/1) 14 days ago. Others have achieved more.

Ninth of 10 in handicap at this course (7f, good, 33/1) 14 days ago. Others have achieved more.

Shanty Star historical data/form
12 (10)
2033-65
T

Fuego Del Amor (FR) 14

bay g Dream Ahead - Femme Fatale (Feliciano)

6 8-6
91

Creditable fifth of 10 in handicap at this course (7f, good, 40/1) 14 days ago.

Creditable fifth of 10 in handicap at this course (7f, good, 40/1) 14 days ago.

Fuego Del Amor historical data/form
13 (11)
4037-79
T

Cliffs Of Capri (GB) 14

b g Canford Cliffs - Shannon Spree (Royal Applause)

Has won at this Distance
D
6 8-5 b1
90

Thirteen runs since last win in 2018. 20/1, ninth of 10 in handicap at this course (7f, good) 14 days ago.

Thirteen runs since last win in 2018. 20/1, ninth of 10 in handicap at this course (7f, good) 14 days ago.

Cliffs Of Capri historical data/form
14 (7)
550-308
T

Moqarrab (USA) 14

b g Speightstown - Grosse Pointe Anne (Silver Deputy)

5 8-7 (ow 2)
92 2

Eleven runs since last win in 2018. Eighth of 10 in handicap (25/1) at this course (7f, good) 14 days ago. Needs a couple of these to falter.

Eleven runs since last win in 2018. Eighth of 10 in handicap (25/1) at this course (7f, good) 14 days ago. Needs a couple of these to falter.

Moqarrab historical data/form

Good Fortune looks sure to be in the mix given his two recent efforts over C&D but the four-year-old was a beaten favourite on both of those occasions and he is likely to be a short price once again today. In contrast, MOQTARREB, should be available at much bigger odds following his disappointing effort here three weeks ago. The son of Kingman was drawn wide on that occasion and was given very little chance when dropped in towards the back in the early stages. Prior to that run he had been ridden more prominently when only a length behind Suedois over this track and trip and, if his rider is more aggressive from stall five today, he should be capable of winning a race of this nature. Firmament should run his usual solid race, while Seniority and Fuego Del Amor could go well at decent prices.

3

15:40 Meydan (Dubai) (Class 1) (4YO plus)

UAE Oaks Sponsored By Range Rover Group 3 Stakes - Dirt

1m 1f

Winner 503,278AED - 6 ran

No.
(Draw)
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
1 (1)
11211-5
T

Ascot Brass (SWE) 28

ch f Juniper Tree -

3 9-0
85

Four wins from 5 runs last year. Latest win at Bro in October. Below form 15¼ lengths fifth of 9 to Dubai Love in listed UAE 1000 Guineas (80/1) at this course (8f) 28 days ago.

Four wins from 5 runs last year. Latest win at Bro in October. Below form 15¼ lengths fifth of 9 to Dubai Love in listed UAE 1000 Guineas (80/1) at this course (8f) 28 days ago.

Ascot Brass historical data/form
2 (2)
120-1
T

Serein (USA) 26

b f Uncle Mo -

Has won at this Distance
D
3 9-0
98

Promising individual. 54/10, didn't need to improve to win 13-runner minor event at Nakayama (9f) 26 days ago. Has some good form and leading claims.

Promising individual. 54/10, didn't need to improve to win 13-runner minor event at Nakayama (9f) 26 days ago. Has some good form and leading claims.

Serein historical data/form
3 (3)
53-3
T

Tapi Sioux (USA) 33

b f Tapiture - Netti Sioux

3 9-0 v
75

Fair filly. 11/1 and visored for 1st time, third of 15 in maiden at this course (8f) 33 days ago. Plenty to find on form.

Fair filly. 11/1 and visored for 1st time, third of 15 in maiden at this course (8f) 33 days ago. Plenty to find on form.

Tapi Sioux historical data/form
4 (4)
332-0
T

Careless Whisper (SWE) 14

br f Barocci - Flip Flopping Fly (Orientate)

3 9-0 t1
80

Fairly useful filly. 100/1 and cheekpieces on 1st time, eleventh of 14 in minor event at Meydan (7f, good) 14 days ago. Significantly up in trip. Makes dirt debut with plenty of improvement needed.

Fairly useful filly. 100/1 and cheekpieces on 1st time, eleventh of 14 in minor event at Meydan (7f, good) 14 days ago. Significantly up in trip. Makes dirt debut with plenty of improvement needed.

Careless Whisper historical data/form
5 (5)
13-41
T

Dubai Love (GB) 28

b f Night Of Thunder - Devotion (Dylan Thomas)

Has won at this Course
C
3 9-0
101

Useful filly. Career best when winning 9-runner listed UAE 1000 Guineas at this course (8f, 12/1) 28 days ago by 3¼ lengths from Down On Da Bayou. Should stay the new trip and obvious contender.

Useful filly. Career best when winning 9-runner listed UAE 1000 Guineas at this course (8f, 12/1) 28 days ago by 3¼ lengths from Down On Da Bayou. Should stay the new trip and obvious contender.

Dubai Love historical data/form
6 (6)
41-22
T

Down On Da Bayou (USA) 28

b f Super Saver - Bayou Tortuga (Empire Maker)

Has won at this Course
C
3 9-0 h
95

Fairly useful filly. Course winner. 9/2, respectable 3¼ lengths second of 9 to Dubai Love in listed UAE 1000 Guineas at this course (8f) 28 days ago.

Fairly useful filly. Course winner. 9/2, respectable 3¼ lengths second of 9 to Dubai Love in listed UAE 1000 Guineas at this course (8f) 28 days ago.

Down On Da Bayou historical data/form

Despite being drawn widest of all, Down On Da Bayou looks sure to get to the early lead, like she did when filling the runner-up position in the UAE 1000 Guineas here last month. That said, she didn't really stay a mile on that occasion and is likely to be picked off again by DUBAI LOVE in the home straight. Saeed bin Suroor's filly relished the step up in trip, having finished behind Down On Da Bayou in the trial over 7f, and she finished best of all that day. The daughter of Night Of Thunder may improve further for this extra furlong and a half and she is clearly the one to beat. The Japanese raider Serein should not be underestimated as she is a proven dirt performer and stayer. Her trainer has a good record when bringing horses to Dubai, having taken the 2016 UAE Derby with Lani and a round of the Al Maktoum Challenge with Red Desire back in 2010.

4

16:15 Meydan (Dubai) (Class 1) (4YO plus)

Zabeel Mile Sponsored By Al Tayer Motors Group 2 Stakes - Turf

1m

Winner 503,278AED - 7 ran

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

Zakouski (GB) 42

b g Shamardal - O'giselle (Octagonal)

Has won at this Course and Distance
CD
4 9-0
109

Smart gelding. 5/6, won 13-runner handicap at this C&D (good) 42 days ago, soon clear. Open to improvement.

Smart gelding. 5/6, won 13-runner handicap at this C&D (good) 42 days ago, soon clear. Open to improvement.

Zakouski historical data/form
2 (2)
2/2100-2
T

Mythical Magic (IRE) 28

b g Iffraaj - Mythie (Octagonal)

Has won at this Course and Distance
CD
5 9-0
112

Smart gelding. C&D winner. Creditable ¾-length second of 7 to Glorious Journey in Al Fahidi Fort (7/4) at this course (7f, good to firm) 28 days ago, running on.

Smart gelding. C&D winner. Creditable ¾-length second of 7 to Glorious Journey in Al Fahidi Fort (7/4) at this course (7f, good to firm) 28 days ago, running on.

Mythical Magic historical data/form
3 (3)
112032-
T

Golden Jaguar (USA) 74

ch c Animal Kingdom - Golden Sunray (Crafty Prospector)

Has won at this Course
C
4 9-0
100

Useful colt. Course winner. Two wins from 6 runs last year. Very good 1¼ lengths second of 16 to Taamol in listed race at Abu Dhabi (8f, good) 74 days ago.

Useful colt. Course winner. Two wins from 6 runs last year. Very good 1¼ lengths second of 16 to Taamol in listed race at Abu Dhabi (8f, good) 74 days ago.

Golden Jaguar historical data/form
4 (4)
20-2673
T

Zainhom (USA) 11

ch g Street Cry - Kaseema (Storm Cat)

Has won at this Distance
D
6 9-0 v
97

Useful gelding. Creditable 2½ lengths third of 12 to Taamol in listed race at Abu Dhabi (7f, good) 11 days ago.

Useful gelding. Creditable 2½ lengths third of 12 to Taamol in listed race at Abu Dhabi (7f, good) 11 days ago.

Zainhom historical data/form
5 (5)
82113-1
T

Salute The Soldier (GER) 21

b g Sepoy - Street Fire (Street Cry)

Has won at this Course and Distance
CD
5 9-0
106

Smart gelding. First run since leaving Clive Cox when 16/1, career best when winning 16-runner handicap at this C&D (good to firm) 21 days ago, pushed out.

Smart gelding. First run since leaving Clive Cox when 16/1, career best when winning 16-runner handicap at this C&D (good to firm) 21 days ago, pushed out.

Salute The Soldier historical data/form
6 (6)
25/40-78
T

Eqtiraan (IRE) 7

b g Helmet - Miranda Frost (Cape Cross)

6 9-0
93

Thirteen runs since last win in 2017. 25/1, eighth of 9 in handicap at Meydan (6f) 7 days ago, slowly away. Significantly back up in trip.

Thirteen runs since last win in 2017. 25/1, eighth of 9 in handicap at Meydan (6f) 7 days ago, slowly away. Significantly back up in trip.

Eqtiraan historical data/form
7 (7)
5090-72
T

Dream Castle (GB) 21

b g Frankel - Sand Vixen (Dubawi)

Has won at this Course
C
6 9-0 p
110

Smart gelding. Three wins from 8 runs last year. 5/2, creditable 2¼ lengths second of 7 to Barney Roy in Al Rashidiya at this course (9f, good to firm) 21 days ago. Has good chance on pick of form.

Smart gelding. Three wins from 8 runs last year. 5/2, creditable 2¼ lengths second of 7 to Barney Roy in Al Rashidiya at this course (9f, good to firm) 21 days ago. Has good chance on pick of form.

Dream Castle historical data/form

There is a lack of pace in this race and that could help Salute The Soldier, who can go forward and was prominently placed when winning a handicap over C&D late last month. That said, the five-year-old still needs to take a big step forward. MYTHICAL MAGIC, who was successful in this contest 12 months ago, is more than good enough to add another victory to his record. Charlie Appleby's gelding hit the crossbar on his Carnival return in the Al Fahidi Fort last month, matching his result in the same race last season, and he appears to be the safest pick in an open race. Zakouski has been kept fresh for this after easily defying a mark of 100 in a handicap over this track and trip last month. He needs to take another step forward to beat his stablemate but the four-year-old is lightly raced and should not be underestimated. Dream Castle showed some of his old spark when chasing home Barney Roy in the Al Rashidiya recently and is another to take seriously.

5

16:50 Meydan (Dubai) (Class 1) (4YO plus)

Meydan Sprint Sponsored By Land Rover Group 2 Stakes - Turf

5f

Winner 503,278AED - 9 ran

No.
(Draw)
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
1 (1)
021009/
T

Hawkesbury (GB) 718

g g Shamardal - Nahoodh (Clodovil)

8 9-0 b
100

10½ lengths ninth of 11 to Muntazah in listed race at Abu Dhabi (7f, good). Off 23 months. Down in trip. First run for yard after leaving S. Seemar.

10½ lengths ninth of 11 to Muntazah in listed race at Abu Dhabi (7f, good). Off 23 months. Down in trip. First run for yard after leaving S. Seemar.

Hawkesbury historical data/form
2 (2)
117-442
T

Blitzkrieg (USA) 14

b g War Front - Bauble Queen (Arch)

5 9-0 t
109

Smart gelding. Four wins from 6 runs last year. Good second of 9 in handicap (16/1) at this course (6f, good) 14 days ago.

Smart gelding. Four wins from 6 runs last year. Good second of 9 in handicap (16/1) at this course (6f, good) 14 days ago.

Blitzkrieg historical data/form
3 (3)
298-968
T

Inverleigh (IRE) 11

bay c Excelebration - Sommorell (Fast Company)

4 9-0 t1
97

7¾ lengths eighth of 12 to Taamol in listed race at Abu Dhabi (7f, good) 11 days ago. Down in trip.

7¾ lengths eighth of 12 to Taamol in listed race at Abu Dhabi (7f, good) 11 days ago. Down in trip.

Inverleigh historical data/form
4 (4)
607-243
T

Caspian Prince (IRE) 7

ch g Dylan Thomas - Crystal Gaze (Rainbow Quest)

Has won at this Course and Distance
CD
11 9-0 t
98

Useful gelding. C&D winner. Fifteen runs since last win in 2018. 9/1, creditable 1½ lengths third of 12 to Waady in handicap at this C&D (good) 7 days ago. Booking of Curtis a plus.

Useful gelding. C&D winner. Fifteen runs since last win in 2018. 9/1, creditable 1½ lengths third of 12 to Waady in handicap at this C&D (good) 7 days ago. Booking of Curtis a plus.

Caspian Prince historical data/form
5 (5)
27616-1
T

Equilateral (GB) 28

b g Equiano - Tarentaise (Oasis Dream)

Has won at this Course and Distance
CD
5 9-0
112

Smart gelding. Five wins from 16 Flat runs. Career best when winning 8-runner handicap at this C&D (good to firm, 5/6) 28 days ago by 2 lengths from Waady, driven out. Shortlist material.

Smart gelding. Five wins from 16 Flat runs. Career best when winning 8-runner handicap at this C&D (good to firm, 5/6) 28 days ago by 2 lengths from Waady, driven out. Shortlist material.

Equilateral historical data/form
6 (6)
512-421
T

Waady (IRE) 7

b g Approve - Anne Bonney (Jade Robbery)

Has won at this Course and Distance
CD
8 9-0 h
104

Smart gelding. Eight wins from 31 Flat runs. 3/1, improved on recent efforts to win 12-runner handicap at this C&D (good) 7 days ago, responding well.

Smart gelding. Eight wins from 31 Flat runs. 3/1, improved on recent efforts to win 12-runner handicap at this C&D (good) 7 days ago, responding well.

Waady historical data/form
7 (7)
40/720-7
T

Poet's Society (GB) 28

ch g Poet's Voice - Rahiyah (Rahy)

Has won at this Distance
D
6 9-0
97

Useful gelding. 66/1, well-beaten last of 7 to Glorious Journey in Al Fahidi Fort at this course (7f, good to firm) 28 days ago. Down in trip.

Useful gelding. 66/1, well-beaten last of 7 to Glorious Journey in Al Fahidi Fort at this course (7f, good to firm) 28 days ago. Down in trip.

Poet's Society historical data/form
8 (8)
18312-5
T

Angel Alexander (IRE) 14

gre g Dark Angel - Majestic Alexander (Bushranger)

Has won at this Distance
D
4 9-0
105

Smart gelding. Four wins from 10 runs last year. Latest win at Ayr in September. 7/2, below form fifth of 9 in handicap at this course (6f, good) 14 days ago. Merits consideration.

Smart gelding. Four wins from 10 runs last year. Latest win at Ayr in September. 7/2, below form fifth of 9 in handicap at this course (6f, good) 14 days ago. Merits consideration.

Angel Alexander historical data/form
9 (9)
01-2752
T

Yaalail (IRE) 11

br g Intello - Tabassum (Nayef)

5 9-0 b
98

Useful gelding. Latest win at Abu Dhabi in December. Good 1¼ lengths second of 12 to Taamol in listed race there (7f, good) 11 days ago. Down in trip.

Useful gelding. Latest win at Abu Dhabi in December. Good 1¼ lengths second of 12 to Taamol in listed race there (7f, good) 11 days ago. Down in trip.

Yaalail historical data/form
10 (10)
11/1130-
T

Mazzini (GB) 327

ch g Exceed and Excel - Firenze (Efisio)

Has won at this Course and Distance
CD
7 9-0
106

Smart gelding. C&D winner. Two wins from 4 runs last year. 50/1, 12¼ lengths eleventh of 13 to Blue Point in Al Quoz Sprint at this course (6f, good). Off 10 months.

Smart gelding. C&D winner. Two wins from 4 runs last year. 50/1, 12¼ lengths eleventh of 13 to Blue Point in Al Quoz Sprint at this course (6f, good). Off 10 months.

Mazzini historical data/form

The one to beat is clearly EQUILATERAL, who looked to have benefitted significantly for a gelding operation based on his devastating victory in the Listed Dubai Dash over C&D four weeks ago. That form is very strong with the second, Waady, winning a handicap here last week and the third has also been successful subsequently. Charlie Hills' five-year-old was always a talented performer but he could prove to be more consistent now that he is a gelding. The aforementioned Waady should be in the mix once again but is now 5lb worse off with the selection. Angel Alexander is entitled to improve for his recent run, while Blitzkrieg and Mazzini complete the shortlist.

6

17:25 Meydan (Dubai) (4YO plus)

Range Rover Velar Handicap - Dirt

7f

Winner 271,768AED - 8 ran

No.
(Draw)
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
1 (2)
2101-58
T

Tour To Paris (FR) 14

bay h Fuisse - Theoricienne (Kendor)

Has won at this Distance
D
5 9-6 t
104

Three wins from 6 runs last year. Latest win at Maisons-Laffitte in October. Eighth of 9 in handicap at Meydan (6f, good, 12/1) 14 days ago.

Three wins from 6 runs last year. Latest win at Maisons-Laffitte in October. Eighth of 9 in handicap at Meydan (6f, good, 12/1) 14 days ago.

Tour To Paris historical data/form
2 (4)
227650/
T

Al Sahem (SAF) 691

b h Silvano - Alderry (Al Mufti)

7 9-2
100

40/1, 10¾ lengths eleventh of 16 to Vazirabad in Dubai Gold Cup at Meydan (15.9f, good to firm). Off 23 months. Significantly down in trip. First run for yard after leaving M. F. De Kock.

40/1, 10¾ lengths eleventh of 16 to Vazirabad in Dubai Gold Cup at Meydan (15.9f, good to firm). Off 23 months. Significantly down in trip. First run for yard after leaving M. F. De Kock.

Al Sahem historical data/form
3 (1)
15126-6
T

All Out Blitz (USA) 21

b h Concord Point - Smart And Single (Smart Strike)

Has won at this Distance
D
5 9-2 t v1
100

25/1 and tongue strap on for 1st time, first run since leaving Simon Callaghan when 7 lengths sixth of 8 to Gladiator King in Al Shindagha Sprint at this course (6f) 21 days ago. Makes handicap debut.

25/1 and tongue strap on for 1st time, first run since leaving Simon Callaghan when 7 lengths sixth of 8 to Gladiator King in Al Shindagha Sprint at this course (6f) 21 days ago. Makes handicap debut.

All Out Blitz historical data/form
4 (7)
4/2111-1
T

Midnight Sands (USA) 35

ch c Speightstown - It's Midnight (Shamardal)

Has won at this Course and Distance
CD
4 9-2
100

4-time course winner, including three wins from 4 runs last year. 2/1, didn't need to improve to win 16-runner handicap here (8f) 35 days ago, responding well. Merits consideration.

4-time course winner, including three wins from 4 runs last year. 2/1, didn't need to improve to win 16-runner handicap here (8f) 35 days ago, responding well. Merits consideration.

Midnight Sands historical data/form
5 (5)
4/358-36
T

Behavioral Bias (USA) 27

ch g Shackleford - Rosie Dooley (Trempolino)

Has won at this Distance
D
6 8-13 t p
97

Eleven runs since last win in 2017. 5/1, 7¼ lengths sixth of 8 to Chiefdom in Jebel Ali Mile (8f) 27 days ago.

Eleven runs since last win in 2017. 5/1, 7¼ lengths sixth of 8 to Chiefdom in Jebel Ali Mile (8f) 27 days ago.

Behavioral Bias historical data/form
6 (3)
1461-97
T

Fasuba (IRE) 21

b g Power - Varmint Lady (Orpen)

6 8-13 p1
97

Five wins from 16 Flat runs. Latest win at Taipa in November. Seventh of 9 in handicap at this course (8f, 16/1) 21 days ago, doing too much too soon.

Five wins from 16 Flat runs. Latest win at Taipa in November. Seventh of 9 in handicap at this course (8f, 16/1) 21 days ago, doing too much too soon.

Fasuba historical data/form
7 (6)
41037-0
T

Ocean Fury (USA) 21

b c Stormy Atlantic - Indy Annestesia (A.P. Indy)

4 8-10 t b1
94

Three wins from 9 runs last year. 33/1 and tongue strap on for 1st time, fourteenth of 16 in handicap at Meydan (8f, good to firm) 21 days ago. Needs a couple of these to falter.

Three wins from 9 runs last year. 33/1 and tongue strap on for 1st time, fourteenth of 16 in handicap at Meydan (8f, good to firm) 21 days ago. Needs a couple of these to falter.

Ocean Fury historical data/form
8 (8)
02/632-7
T

Master Blaster (SWE) 28

b g Philomatheia - Lady Alize (Indian Charlie)

5 8-7 t
91

Tongue strap on for 1st time, respectable seventh of 15 in handicap at this course (9.9f, 100/1) 28 days ago. Down in trip.

Tongue strap on for 1st time, respectable seventh of 15 in handicap at this course (9.9f, 100/1) 28 days ago. Down in trip.

Master Blaster historical data/form

MIDNIGHT SANDS put in a career best when catching Ambassadorial late on in a handicap over a mile here last month and there are plenty of reasons to think that he will add another win to his record. On that occasion the track was riding very fast and he did exceptionally well to catch the front-running second, who went on to finish fourth in the Firebreak last week. There was five lengths back to the third. With that in mind, a 6lb rise in the ratings could be very fair and he can take this race on his way to a potential tilt at the Godolphin Mile. All Out Blitz showed enough pace on his UAE debut in the Al Shindagha over 6f to suggest that he could go well, with stall one a big help. Others who merit respect are Behavioral Bias, Fasuba and Tour To Paris.

7

18:00 Meydan (Dubai) (4YO plus)

Jaguar F Pace (Division 2) Handicap - Turf

1m

Winner 271,768AED - 15 ran

No.
(Draw)
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
1 (5)
51115-2
T

Land Of Legends (IRE) 21

b c Iffraaj - Homily (Singspiel)

4 9-6
105

Promising individual. Three wins from 6 runs last year. Good second of 16 in handicap at this C&D (good to firm, 6/1) 21 days ago, conceding first run. Has to be taken seriously.

Promising individual. Three wins from 6 runs last year. Good second of 16 in handicap at this C&D (good to firm, 6/1) 21 days ago, conceding first run. Has to be taken seriously.

Land Of Legends historical data/form
2 (7)
743030-
T

Fanaar (IRE) 166

b g Dark Angel - Inca Trail (Royal Academy)

4 9-3
102

12/1, last of 16 in handicap at Ascot (7f, good to firm). Off 166 days. First run for yard after leaving William Haggas. Can give a good account without posing serious threat to principals.

12/1, last of 16 in handicap at Ascot (7f, good to firm). Off 166 days. First run for yard after leaving William Haggas. Can give a good account without posing serious threat to principals.

Fanaar historical data/form
3 (8)
2466-23
T

Epic Hero (FR) 14

b g Siyouni - Grace Lady (Muhtathir)

Has won at this Distance
D
4 9-2
101

Shaped encouragingly when third of 11 in handicap (9/2) at this course (9f, good) 14 days ago, unable to quite sustain a big move into contention.

Shaped encouragingly when third of 11 in handicap (9/2) at this course (9f, good) 14 days ago, unable to quite sustain a big move into contention.

Epic Hero historical data/form
4 (4)
632136/
T

Corsen (GB) 485

bay g Cape Cross - Dream Play (In The Wings)

Has won at this Distance
D
5 9-1 p1
100

47/10, 1¾ lengths sixth of 8 to King of Leogrance in listed race at Deauville (12.4f, good). Off 16 months. Significantly down in trip. First run for yard after leaving A. Fabre. Makes handicap debut.

47/10, 1¾ lengths sixth of 8 to King of Leogrance in listed race at Deauville (12.4f, good). Off 16 months. Significantly down in trip. First run for yard after leaving A. Fabre. Makes handicap debut.

Corsen historical data/form
5 (3)
0331-58
T

Dubai Legacy (USA) 21

b g Discreet Cat - Afsana (Tiznow)

4 9-1 v1
100

Two wins from 6 runs last year. Latest win at Newmarket in September. Reported to have returned lame when eighth of 9 in handicap at Meydan (8f, 7/4) 21 days ago. Can give a good account.

Two wins from 6 runs last year. Latest win at Newmarket in September. Reported to have returned lame when eighth of 9 in handicap at Meydan (8f, 7/4) 21 days ago. Can give a good account.

Dubai Legacy historical data/form
6 (13)
012420/
T

Arab Spring (IRE) 1090

b h Monsun - Spring Symphony (Darshaan)

10 9-0 b1
99

9¼ lengths tenth of 16 to Chopin in H. H. The Emir's Trophy at Doha (11.9f, good). Off 3 years. Significantly down in trip. First run for yard after leaving Sir Michael Stoute.

9¼ lengths tenth of 16 to Chopin in H. H. The Emir's Trophy at Doha (11.9f, good). Off 3 years. Significantly down in trip. First run for yard after leaving Sir Michael Stoute.

Arab Spring historical data/form
7 (1)
3647-39
T

Wait Forever (IRE) 21

b h Camelot - Mount McLeod (Holy Roman Emperor)

Has won at this Distance
D
5 9-0
99

Five wins from 17 Flat runs. 20/1, respectable ninth of 16 in handicap at this C&D (good to firm) 21 days ago. Others more persuasive.

Five wins from 17 Flat runs. 20/1, respectable ninth of 16 in handicap at this C&D (good to firm) 21 days ago. Others more persuasive.

Wait Forever historical data/form
8 (15)
4290-30
T

Above N Beyond (GB) 14

ch g Exceed and Excel - Hill Welcome (Most Welcome)

Has won at this Distance
D
7 8-11 t v
96

Fifteen runs since last win in 2016. Last of 11 in handicap (14/1) at this course (9f, good) 14 days ago, dropping away over 2f out.

Fifteen runs since last win in 2016. Last of 11 in handicap (14/1) at this course (9f, good) 14 days ago, dropping away over 2f out.

Above N Beyond historical data/form
9 (14)
131-8P5
T

Lyndon B (IRE) 14

b g Charm Spirit - Kelsey Rose (Most Welcome)

Has won at this Distance
D
4 8-11 b
96

Two wins from 6 runs last year. Latest win at Sandown in August. Respectable fifth of 10 in handicap (6/1) at this course (7f, good) 14 days ago. Can make presence felt.

Two wins from 6 runs last year. Latest win at Sandown in August. Respectable fifth of 10 in handicap (6/1) at this course (7f, good) 14 days ago. Can make presence felt.

Lyndon B historical data/form
10 (6)
20/58-00
T

Bay Of Poets (IRE) 21

bay g Lope De Vega - Bristol Bay (Montjeu)

Has won at this Distance
D
6 8-10 t
95

66/1 and tongue strap on for 1st time, ran better than on return when eleventh of 16 in handicap at this C&D (good to firm) 21 days ago.

66/1 and tongue strap on for 1st time, ran better than on return when eleventh of 16 in handicap at this C&D (good to firm) 21 days ago.

Bay Of Poets historical data/form
11 (2)
148-502
T

Laieth (GB) 14

b g Dubawi - First City (Diktat)

Has won at this Distance
D
5 8-9
94

12/1, shaped encouragingly when second of 10 in handicap at this course (7f, good) 14 days ago, suited by the tempo of the race.

12/1, shaped encouragingly when second of 10 in handicap at this course (7f, good) 14 days ago, suited by the tempo of the race.

Laieth historical data/form
12 (9)
4090/13
T

Tashweeq (IRE) 14

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

Has won at this Course
C
7 8-9
94

Course winner. Latest win here in January. Creditable third of 10 in handicap at this course (7f, good, 7/4) 14 days ago, closing all way to line.

Course winner. Latest win here in January. Creditable third of 10 in handicap at this course (7f, good, 7/4) 14 days ago, closing all way to line.

Tashweeq historical data/form
13 (11)
50637-7
T

One Flew South (USA) 14

dk c Giant's Causeway - Sky Haven (Sky Mesa)

4 8-8 t
93

Tongue strap on for 1st time, not disgraced when seventh of 10 in handicap (33/1) at this course (7f, good) 14 days ago, merely closing up late. Has work to do.

Tongue strap on for 1st time, not disgraced when seventh of 10 in handicap (33/1) at this course (7f, good) 14 days ago, merely closing up late. Has work to do.

One Flew South historical data/form
14 (12)
5/1142-7
T

Marhaban (IRE) 42

b g New Approach - Arsaadi (Dubawi)

4 8-7 p1
92

Two wins from 4 runs last year. Shaped as if better for the run when seventh of 13 in handicap (13/2) at this C&D (good) 42 days ago. Merits consideration.

Two wins from 4 runs last year. Shaped as if better for the run when seventh of 13 in handicap (13/2) at this C&D (good) 42 days ago. Merits consideration.

Marhaban historical data/form
15 (10)
51192-0
T

Edaraat (GB) 28

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

Has won at this Distance
D