All eyes will be on the extravagant Meydan racecourse on Saturday as the world’s finest horses prepare to battle it out for over $27million of prize money.
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The Dubai World Cup meeting is the world’s richest race day and nine sensational races will take place under the lights at Meydan. The $10million Dubai World Cup is the feature on an action-packed card, but with the likes of the Sheema Classic and Dubai Duty Free also taking place punters certainly have plenty to sink their teeth into.
This year’s meeting has a typically international flavour to it and some of the planet’s greatest thoroughbreds are set for action. The fixture has become famous for its tendency to throw up strange results and debate rages on over the tapeta surface, but we still look set for an enthralling afternoon of racing.
Europe will be well represented in the star-studded event but they will face the best that Japan, Hong Kong and USA have to offer and they could be in for a difficult evening. The Dubai World Cup is the highlight of the evening, but the best bets come in the Al Quoz Sprint, Dubai Turf and the Dubai Sheema Classic.
Al Quoz Sprint Empowered By IPIC (Group 1) (Turf) (3yo+, 5f, 16 runners)
The action in the Al Quoz is going to be fast and furious and last year’s winner Amber Sky will make it a serious test if he has it his way. The Group One winner is one of the speediest front runners in racing and although he hasn’t been the same horse since his success at Meydan twelve months ago, he would have huge claims if he could bounce back to his best. He will be out of the gates before anything, but he could set the race up for Hong Kong raider PENIAPHOBIA
) who brings some serious form to the table. The son of Dandy Man has been a sensation since he left Richard Fahey’s yard and joined Tony Cruz. He was an impressive winner of the Weatherbys Super Sprint in 2013 when with Fahey and the talented the four-year-old has continued his progression abroad, beating Bundle Of Joy in the Group One Centenary Sprint Cup at Sha Tin two starts ago. The son of Dandy Man put up another massive display when chasing home Gold Fun in an ultra-competitive contest last time out (the form looks strong) and he is one of the best sprinters the Far East has to offer. He has form over six furlongs as well as five and with the pace drawn on his side on Saturday, he looks sure to get the perfect toe into the race.
PENIAPHOBIA ($5.50 Bet365
Dubai Turf Sponsored By DP World (Group 1) (Turf) (3yo+, 1m 1f, 10 runners)
This race was taken by the record breaking Just A Way in 2014 and although the superstar isn’t here to defend his crown, we could be set for another sensational success in the Group One. Freddy Head’s SOLOW
) looks to be one of the best bets of the night and he could be Europe’s best chance of a winner when he lines up in the Dubai Turf. The French contender has been victorious on his last four starts and although the trainer admits it has taken him longer than ideal to find the key to his talented horse, he now believes the horse is running over his optimum trip. That certainly seemed to be the case when he blitzed his rivals at Longchamp on Arc weekend and he showed remarkable improvement through the 2014 Flat Season. He looked to be as good as ever when he landed his prep at Chantilly on his seasonal reappearance and much has been made of his fantastic work at Meydan this week. Head has described Solow as “something special” and the former trainer of Goldikova certainly knows a good horse when he sees one. The winner of seven of his eight starts, the selection can put up a huge show and we could be treated to a fantastic performance from one of this season’s exciting horses.
Dubai Sheema Classic Presented By Longines (Group 1) (Turf) (3yo+, 1m 4f, 9 runners)
All eyes will be on the Sheema Classic and it could be more glory for Japan after Gentildonna’s victory in the race twelve months ago. Classic-winning heroine HARP STAR
(3/1, Paddy Power
) will be looking for a return to the winner’s enclosure after three luckless runs and jockey Ryan Moore looks to be the perfect partner for the sensational filly. The Japanese 1000 Guineas winner finished sixth in the 2014 Prix de l’Arc de Triomph last time she went globetrotting, but her finishing position doesn’t tell the full story and she would have been a lot closer but for a disastrous ride from Yuga Kawada. She was left with far too much to do and came from last to sixth, finishing like a train down the outside. It was a similar story when she was fancied for the Japan Cup in Tokyo in November and once again she came from well back to finish fifth in the world famous contest. Another poor ride from Kawada saw Harp Star finish fifth on her seasonal reappearance and although it would have been nice to see her win it is sure to have put her spot on for her trip to Meydan. Her breathtaking turn of foot is a joy to watch and as long as the race is not run at a crawl she could be very hard to hold off in the closing stages of the contest. The booking of Moore shows that connections must be full of confidence and although the likes of Main Sequence and Designs On Rome represent formidable opposition, we could finally be about to see the real Harp Star at her devastating best.