The UAE 1000 Guineas (Meydan, Thursday 9th February, 4.50) was first run in 2001, and past renewals have been largely dominated by owners Godolphin and trainer Saeed Bin Suroor who have both won the race 9-times, combining for 7 of those victories.
The duo again look to have an outstanding chance of combining for victory with Really Special, with 11 Runners set to go to post for the 2017 UAE 1000 Guineas.
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No great shakes in 3 runs on the all-weather in the UK, winning a class-5 maiden on the third attempt. Finished 10th of 14th behind Really Special on his Meydan debut in January, and hard to find a reason why she’ll trouble the judge here.
Won a maiden and two nurseries in the UK, and was a respectable third behind Really Special on Medan Debut, be it she has 5-lengths to find with the re-opposing favourite.
Belied odds of 20/1 to win a maiden on her Meydan debut, but finished 15-lengths behind Really Special last-time.
Winner of all three of her races, the last the Group 1 King Fahad Bin Abdualaziz Cup at the King Abdul Aziz Racecourse in Saudia Arabia. Hard to equate that form to Meydan form, but must be respected, despite likely odds of 33/1.
Another who ran okay behind Really Special last time, finishing a 6-length fourth. However, her starting-price of 40/1 there indicates that she outran expectations, and finding the necessary improvement to reverse the placings in unlikely.
South African trainer Mike de Kock won the 2011 renewal of this race, and this one looks to have an each-way chance after winning a grade-2 in South Africa and just getting beaten in a grade-1 there. Ability to handle the unique Meydan surface must be taken on trust, but drawn inside the favourite in stall-6.
Didn’t look up to much in the UK, but managed to pick-up a Group-3 in France in October. Another who has to prove her liking for the surface, having never run on the all-weather in the UK, and may be overrated.
Won a Listed Race on her sixth start, and sent-off second favourite behind Really Special last-time, but could only finish fifth. Godolphin Trainer Charlie Appleby has yet to win this race despite the owner’s fantastic strike-rate in it.
If the name is to be believed then she’s already home and hosed, especially as he already holds many of these on the form of her Meydan debut win in the UAE 1,000 Guineas Trial. That was over 7-furlongs but, having proved her stamina by winning over a mile at Newmarket on her penultimate start, she looks to have few chinks in her armour.
Won her first two starts, but was only 12th of 14 in the UAE 1000 Guineas Trial when sent-off 25/1.
Drawn in stall-13 when she chased home Really Special in the UAE 1000 Guineas Trial, but hasn’t fared much better here in stall-11. Represents last year’s winning trainer/jockey combination though, and an each-way chance at least.
2017 UAE 1000 Guineas Summary
Really Special hasn’t got as good a draw as she had in the UAE 1000 Guineas Trial but, she was so dominant there, it’s hard to see any of the beaten horses turning around the form – especially considering the outstanding records of Godolphin and Saeed Bin Suroor in the race. If you don’t want to take odds-on, Complimenti and Fursa look the obvious each-way plays, whilst the unbeaten Nashmiah is a potentially interesting long-shot.
2017 UAE 1000 Guineas Tip
Really Special – an easy winner at 8/13 with SkyBet, WilliamHill, BetVictor, PaddyPower
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