The 2020 Dubai Duty Free Legacy Cup Stakes takes place at Newbury Racecourse. This Group 3 race is run over 11-furlongs and, despite a first prize of over £25,000, this year’s contest has attracted a field of just four runners.
The 110-rated Gifts Of Gold is just 5lb inferior to the two top-rated rivals on official ratings, but he may be flattered by his mark after being raised 10lb for winning a handicap on the all-weather last time. The runner-up that day was beaten further in his races either side of that run and it will be disappointing if Gifts Of Gold is good enough to beat three much classier rivals.
Elarqam is a very useful horse on his day, and his first run of the season when splitting subsequent Group race winners Lord North suggested he was in for a good season. His connections then decided to try and stretch out his stamina at Royal Ascot by running him over 12-furlongs. He travelled well in the lead that day until tiring late on soft ground.
Unfortunately, Elarqam seemed to pay the price for those over-exertions next time when he was a disappointing sixth at York in a race in which he had won easily the previous year. If an 8-week break has freshened him up, he could go well, but you’re taking a chance on him coming back to his best.
Desert Encounter is a standing dish in this race, having won it in 2017 and 2019, and finished third in 2018. But it’s worth noting that he was the highest-rated horse on both occasions he won, and he faces two higher-rated horses here. Despite that, it would be no surprise if he went well in the hands of in-form jockey William Buick for the first time.
Extra Elusive is our Dubai Dury Free Legacy Cup Stakes tip. He looked likely to just be a nearly-horse for most of his career, but he’s taken on a new lease of life since being partnered with Hollie Doyle who is riding out of her skin this season. Two starts ago, he beat Certain Lad comfortable at Haydock and that horse franked the form by winning at York next time. Extra Elusive then conceded 3lb to Fox Chairman at Windsor and is again fancied to concede 3lb to his three rivals.
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