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Recapping DWCC Night 7 selections, AmWager preview video, Mackenzie’s best

The seventh night of the 2015 Dubai World Cup Carnival brings us four turf races and two wildly competitive races on the dirt for Thoroughbreds. Below, Joe Kristufek and Pat Cummings review last week’s results, preview Thursday’s card, and trade blows over the bankroll challenge!

Mackenzie’s Best – Race 5 – #2 LE BERNARDIN

The fifth race is quite competitive but I settled on Le Bernardin. I’m Back drew the rail and is expected to be sent to the lead, but his plan could be compromised by the early speed of Henry Clay. Henry Clay has drawn wide in gate 15 but assuming he is sent, it is easy to imagine that Henry Clay and I’m Back will be locked in a speed duel up front. Add in the wildcard factor of Charlie Appleby’s Artigiano getting blinkers for the first time and he may be added to the mix up front. This sets up well for Le Bernardin who tends to track the leaders and pounce in the stretch. Additionally, this is a class drop for the son of Bernardini who was third last out to Frankyfourfingers in the second round of the Al Maktoum Challenge.

February 19 – Meydan Selections
Pat Cummings Mackenzie Kirker-Head
Race # Horse Race # Horse
1 4 Bigg N Rich 1 2 Callateral
2 1 Medicean Man 2 1 Medicean Man
3 13 Layl 3 13 Layl
4 5 Hunter’s Light 4 6 Genius Boy
5 3 I’m Back 5 2 Le Bernardin
6 5 Suzi Gold 6 9 Cladocera
7 1 Anaerobio 7 4 Dark Emerald
Pat: 257-56-58-29 (21.8%) Mackenzie: 255-55-35-30 (21.6%)
Joe Kristufek
Race # Horse
1 3 Areem
2 1 Medicean Man
3 2 Romansh
4 5 Hunter’s Light
5 2 Le Bernardin
6 9 Cladocera
7 2 Eastern Rules


  1. For me, Alain De Royer-Dupre’s filly, Cladocera, was the star of the night on the night 7 card. Given how decisive both of her wins have been in the G2 Cape Verdi & G2 Balanchine now, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Dupre take the same route with Cladocera that was taken by Sajjhaa back in 2012 and go onto the G1 Jebel-Hatta and/or G1 Dubai Turf with her. Dupre’s fared pretty well in the before with a filly for the exact same connections on world cup night when Giofra finished 3rd behind Sajjhaa & The Apache in the 2012 Dubai Duty Free. Just sayin…

  2. I would also add the connections of Dark Emerald have to be ecstatic now about the decision to send him to Dubai for the carnival. He’s shown rock solid form from the first minute he’s stepped onto the Meydan turf. Today made his 3rd start at the carnival and already he’s logged 2-wins and 1-2nd in 3 handicaps for 95-105 rated horses and banked just shy of $200,000 for those 3 starts at Meydan. Not too shabby by anybody’s standards!

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