Owen’s Outsiders! 33/1 And 20/1 Selections! – 30th January 2020

Vazirabad wins the Dubai Gold Cup at Meydan

It’s a bumper day of action on Thursday, with six meetings to look forward too. The action is headlined by Meydan’s continuation of their Carnival meeting, with two group races on the menu alongside a Listed handicap. Separate to our horse racing tips, I’ve combed through the cards to find three selections at bigger prices, to hopefully light up our Thursday!

Dubai Horizon (33/1)

The 1m 6f Listed Meydan Cup handicap is one of the feature races on the card at Meydan on Thursday and Saeed bin Suroor’s DUBAI HORIZON looks to be a big price for the contest. He’s already run twice at this venue this winter, finishing eighth on both occasions over shorter distances.

His best run came over the twelve-furlong distance (the furthest he’s raced over), where he did his best work late on in a race where he was towards the top of the handicap. With Dee Ex Bee in the line-up, he races off a tiny weight in this line-up and stepping up to fourteen furlongs is another positive. He shapes as though he’ll relish a step up to this distance and he remains lightly-raced for his age. If he does improve for this step up in distance, this rating won’t be a barrier to success under the in-form Harry Bentley.

Knockraha Katie (33/1)

Showing some fair form in points last spring, KNOCKRAHA KATIE had veterinary excuses when tailing off at Cork back in November on hurdling debut (found to have mucus in the trachea). She was since pulled out at Thurles with connections citing unsuitable ground, with today’s heavier conditions more to her liking.

The horses with experience in this contest don’t set a daunting standard, with the short-priced favourite of Willie Mullins not seen since April 2018, where she was placed in an Auteuil conditions race. There is plenty to like about Knockraha Katie’s pedigree and she cost a fair wack at 27,000 euros. With plenty of time to recover from her debut, a much better run can be expected today.

The Cola Kid (20/1)

There were plenty of positives from THE COLA KID‘s debut, where he finished fifth at Kempton over the seven-furlong distance. He was close-up throughout the contest and only dropped away in the final furlong to finish three lengths behind in a debut full of potential.

Dropping back to six furlongs looks a very good move on that evidence as he displayed plenty of early speed and he’s entitled to come on plenty for the experience. The favourite Nigel Nott ran to a good standard when winning on his second start, but he has to concede a huge amount of weight to the rest of the field, as he’s a four-year-old shouldering a penalty.

The other horses with experience haven’t run to a massively high standard and don’t leave The Cold Kid with much to find, with his claims looking obvious in a small-field affair.

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