Another week nearer to the Dubai World Cup was the Carnival moves up another gear with seven races from Meydan on Thursday, four on the turf and three on the dirt track, but a Lucky 15 seems the sensible way forward once again and the big returns they can soon add up to.
3.05pm EGA Potlines Trophy Handicap 1m Turf
(7With the Godolphin colours carried to victory week after week here lately their two runners may well have this between them, Adrie de Vries is an interesting jockey booking here for Saeed Bin Suroor’s American Hope who may well strip fitter after being beaten at odds of 11/8 last time but surely Cymric (7/2) will have his measure here. Charlie Appleby’s four-year-old son of Kitten’s Joy was taking on the likes of Galileo Gold and Lumber in Listed or Group company and if they have him fully tuned up for his first run since Goodwood at the end of July then he ought to cover too good for them here.
3.40pm Al Shindagha Sprint Group Three 6f Dirt
Just the six ruiners here for na Group Two event and not one course or distance winner between them which says a lot about the lack of opportunities at this particular track. Muarrab (4/7) came out the best of these last time out when a half length behind the popular Reynaldothewizard here but he had the benefit of a prep run that day and may find Wild Dude gets a lot closer to him here. Fact is he was four and a quarter lengths in for go Mick Halford’s Irish challenger that day with the front two a long way lear in a decent field and sad as it is, reasons to pose him here seem thin on the ground.
4.50pm Al Maktoum Challenge Group Two 1m 1f 110y Dirt
Trainer Doug Watson has a very strong hand here with both Second Summer and Storm Belt who seem certain to get involved but they may both have their work cut out to deal with Mike De Kock’s Lindo Amor (13/2) who ran a blinder on his first run here and will be so much happier stepped up to this trip. Mia has been quoted this morning saying “We were very pleased with that first run when he was bumped at the start but gave his all. He will have improved from that run and the extra trip should certainly suit him.” which seem pretty promising, though it is one tough race with Le Benardin a series danger despite his horrendous draw.
5.25pm EGA Jebel Ali Trophy Handicap 1m 2f Turf
A tough race to call to end with though the Europeans are well represented with trainers Marco Botti, David Ellsworth, Mick Channon, George Best, And David Simcock all involved as well as a long list of jockeys. It will be interesting to see if there is any money for Dylan Mouth (13/2) who does have to suffer top weight here but has always been held in very high regard at the Botti yard. His last win as was a Group Two at San Siro in Italy and the fact is he is better than your average handicapper and still has a lot more to offer though be warned, his race fitness cannot be guaranteed after over three months off but he should be a spot of value and could well pull off a surprise this afternoon.