I’ve been lucky enough to attend most of the major Horse Racing Festivals including Cheltenham, the Grand National, The Derby, Royal Ascot and many more, but one I’ve yet to cross off my bucket list is a trip to Meydan, which is rapidly becoming the horse racing epicentre of the world.
That’s because the fantastic prize money on offer is attracting the best flat horses from around the world, and where they go so do the jet-setting trainers, jockeys, owners and socialites who probably have just a few million more than most of us.
However, whilst we might not just be able to jet over to Dubai at will, we can still enjoy a plethora of punting opportunities today on what is a fantastic card, one which continues the build-up to the climax of the Meydan season – Dubai World Cup Night.
This Group 3 has a first prize of over 300,000 and it’s no surprise that it’s attracted many of Britain’s top 5-furlong sprinters, with Sole Power and Goldream both genuine Group 1 sprinters. As neither of them have to carry a group 1 penalty, they should really fight out the finish if they both arrive here in peak form – and I wouldn’t put anyone off the reverse forecast. However, whilst Sole Power may be in slight decline, Goldream took his form to a new level last year with victories in both the King’s Stand at Royal Ascot and in the Prix d’ Labbaye – and he’s preferred for win purposes.
Goldream @ 7/2
Postponed was the topic of much debate after being transferred from Luca Cumani to be trained by Roger Varian, and connections have had one target in mind since – the Dubai World Cup. However, with a first prize of over half-a-million, it’s no surprise that connections are looking to take this race on route to the big night, and this 12-furlong trip should be perfect for him.
Postponed @ 13/8
Tryster completed a five-timer on the dirt when winning last year’s Winter Derby at Lingfield, and beat Haafaguinea (runs in the 2.20) comprehensively in a group 3 here last time out. This isn’t a particularly strong group 1, even though it’s worth over 600,000, and he’s expected to prove too good for the Mike De Kock trained quartet who have notched-up a few South African group-1’s between them.
Tryster @ 4/6