The 2013-2014 UAE racing season is here!
Starting with Friday’s fixture at Jebel Ali, and continuing through to the 2014 Dubai World Cup, we will offer spot analysis on meetings around the UAE, and our traditional analysis of the form at Meydan. It’s always an exciting time.
Below are some thoughts on Friday’s races, along with our full tips. Saturday’s programme at Sharjah will feature only tips given our bonus coverage of the Breeders’ Cup.
Race 4 – Maiden – 60,000 AED, 1,000 metres
This could be a race where connections wonder what could have been with their horses given some of the breeding in place. #8 PERFECT GUEST is a half to champion Crimson Palace, but seems hard-pressed to like over a short trip on dirt. The pick is #7 TRIPPETRAPPE, by a dirt-influenced sire in Trippi out of a mare who at last check, produced seven winners of eight foals (from nine) to reach the races. Trainer Majed Al Jahouri was striking at a 15% clip in the 2012-2013 with runners first up, and think he gets the call over the likely well-fancied #2 DAAR RASHID.
UPDATE – With the scratch of Trippetrappe, we use Daar Rashid on top instead.
Race 5 – Handicap Rated 65-80, 1,200 metres
The negative trainer change for #4 JOURNALISTIC is a bit of a concern to throw support behind him in this spot, so we look to #7 FIRSTKNIGHT going for the EERC. He’s a winner over the course and incredibly well handicapped against this field, which offers a slew of suspect performers. Getting one of the masters of the surface, Richard Mullen, we think this gelding gets the syndicate in the winner’s enclosure at the opening meeting.
NAP: Race 2 – #8 INTERPRET
Only eight pounds separates this field on the ratings, but there should be no doubt that Interpret is not the half-brother of Breeders’ Cup Classic and Dubai World Cup winner Invasor. He seems to tower over this field. Two very underrated performances in his maiden tries at Meydan last year were followed by an undressing at Jebel Ali where he bolted up. He might have tired later in the season, but seems to hold the field at his mercy, especially with some solid pace presence in the form of #3 SHABORA and #10 HENRY CLAY.
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