Saturday Meydan tips – Through the card tips on Dubai World Cup Day
Dubai World Cup racing tips
Arguably the world’s richest racemeeting goes to post on Saturday afternoon at Meydan spearheaded by the Dubai World Cup which boasts a monster £5million+ first prize and we’ve looked through the card to give our Saturday Meydan tips for the Dubai World Cup meeting.
A top-class afternoon of horse racing action in the Emirates heads to post on Saturday with eight races taking place for the Dubai World Cup meeting, five of which are Group One contests and the remainder Group Two races so it promises to be an unmissable afternoon at Meydan.
The Dubai World Cup meeting is arguably the richest single fixture in the world and some of the best horses from around the globe descend on the premier Emirates venue to contest the top prizes on offer.
Other feature races on the day include the Sheema Classic, Al Quoz Sprint and Dubai Turf and we’ve looked over the day’s racecard and give our Saturday Meydan tips for the Dubai World Cup meeting. Find out who we’re backing below and take advantage of this great Betfair new customer offer!
SATURDAY MEYDAN TIPS – THROUGH THE CARD TIPS ON DUBAI WORLD CUP DAY
12:15 Meydan – Godolphin Mile Sponsored By Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City – District One (Group 2) (Dirt) (3yo+) 1m
Lightly-raced TUZ might be worth chancing to overturn recent form with reopposing Midnight Sands and Sateesh Seemar’s charge can post a big run here.
The Oxbow colt is one of four in the race for the trainer including also Midnight Sands and the unexposed sort wasn’t seen to best effect when finishing third to his stablemate in the Burj Nahaar three weeks ago where he conceded first run to the winner but was beaten just over two lengths at the line.
He has plenty of scope to improve, perhaps moreso than his stablemate and also Chiefdom who finished second in that contest and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him going close in the opening race of the day.
12:50 Meydan – Dubai Gold Cup Sponsored By Al Tayer Motors (Group 2) (Turf) (3yo+) 2m
Subjectivist looks sure to give a good account having won a Group One when last seen; but Mark Johnston’s charge is returning from five months off but might prefer softer ground than this so it may pay to side with dual-course winner SECRET ADVISOR who tries two miles for the first time but the Dubawi gelding ought to go close with the trip expected to suit.
Charlie Appleby’s lightly-raced sort won twice here in 2020 including the Nad Al Sheba Trophy and he returned from a break to chase home Dashing Willoughby on his sole UK start last June in the Listed Buckhounds Stakes where he was only denied by one length but possibily just found the sharper test against him.
Back from another absence he lost no caste in defeat when finishing third to Gifts Of Gold in the Red Sea Turf at Riyadh and he’ll be sharper for that outing so ought to improve and he’s 4lbs better off with Spanish Mission who finished runner-up in that Riyadh contest.
The longer trip here could unlock some further improvement and he ought to be on the premises again.
1:30 Meydan – Al Quoz Sprint Sponsored By Azizi Developments (Group 1) (Turf) (3yo+) 6f
Space Blues is on a roll having won his last five starts; however he’s arguably better over seven furlongs and he flopped badly on his last run here so could be worth taking on with KHAADEM who has gone well fresh in the past and he looked every inch a top performer when running away with the 2019 Stewards’ Cup prior to a couple of lesser efforts in Group One contests.
Those poor efforts can be excused however given the ground was likely too soft on both occasions and he wasn’t disgraced in two runs last summer in Group Ones, not beaten far by Hello Youmzain on his return in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes and performing with credit in the July Cup.
The Dark Angel entire has proven himself when fresh and he likely won’t need to improve too much to have a big say in this contest so he earns the vote to come out on top in a cracking renewal of this Group One prize.
2:05 Meydan – UAE Derby Sponsored By Emirates NBD (Group 2) (Dirt) (3yo) 1m1½f
It could be worth chancing MNASEK to find another chunk of improvement and Doug Watson’s charge could go close in an open contest.
The Empire Maker filly won a maiden back in December before stepping up in class to finish runner-up in the UAE 1000 Guineas where she was no match for reopposing Soft Whisper. However stepped up to this trip latest she was an impressive victor of the UAE Oaks over this course and there could be better to come.
That bare form needs improving on but she could certainly be capable of finding more and she could make her presence felt upped again in class given she appears to be going the right way.
2:40 Meydan – Dubai Golden Shaheen Sponsored By Gulf News (Group 1) (Dirt) (3yo+) 6f
YAUPON wasn’t seen to best effect when only eighth in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint when last seen, but Steven Asmussen’s charge can bounce back following a break.
The Uncle Mo colt had won his four previous starts in the United States which included a Grade Two contest where he beat Basin readily by two lengths and he could bounce back here from his good draw on the inner.
A tongue-tie is also applied for the first time which could yield some measure of improvement and it is worth remembering he hit traffic problems on his last start so that run may be worth forgiving and he could do better here having been freshened up since.
It is still early days for him and with the potential to improve further he looks worth chancing to run a big race under Joel Rosario.
3:30 Meydan – Dubai Turf Sponsored By DP World (Group 1) (Turf) (3yo+) 1m1f
Lord Glitters arrives in top form having won the Jebel Hatta recently but LORD NORTH could prove a tough nut to crack dropping back in trip on his reappearance and John Gosden’s charge can resume winning ways.
The Dubawi gelding proved progressive during the 2019 campaign where he won three times including the Cambridgeshire Handicap prior to claiming a Listed contest at Newmarket and his progress continued last term to win twice from five starts which included the Group One Prince Of Wales’s Stake.
Third to the top-class Ghaiyyath in the Juddmonte Interenational he struggled back at Ascot in the QEII Stakes where perhaps the ground wasn’t ideal for him; but he ran a better race when last seen in the Breeders’ Cup Turf where he finished fourth over twelve furlongs and he’ll be suited by this return to shorter and good ground.
He’s gone well fresh in the past and while an outside draw isn’t altogether ideal he can go close in what looks a relatively moderate renewal of this Group One prize.
4:10 Meydan – Longines Dubai Sheema Classic Presented By Longines (Group 1) (Turf) (3yo+) 1m4f
Mishriff will be a popular choice amongst punters but John Gosden’s charge has to prove as effective over this longer trip, while Mogul arrives on the back of winning the Hong Kong Vase and Aidan O’Brien’s charge ought to go close if fully wound up following a break.
In receipt of weight it might be worth chancing Japanese raider CHRONO GENESIS however who has won three of her last five starts including the Arima Kinen last time out at Nakayama and the Bago mare can go close in a competitive renewal of this prize.
Takashi Saito’s charge was amongst the top performers in her native Japan last term and she saw off a good field of rivals when taking top honours latest and she had finished less than one length third the time before behind the top-class Almond Eye in the Autumn Tenno Sho.
She could have further improvement to come and she comes out best here at the weights so it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see her take full advantage of the 4lbs she receives from this field with her stamina for this trip assured and she could expose any frailties in Mishriff’s armor at this distance.
4:50 Meydan – Dubai World Cup Sponsored By Emirates Airline (Group 1) (Dirt) (3yo+) 1m2f
MILITARY LAW can get back on track having not been seen to best effect in the Saudi Cup last time where he finished sixth; but the Dubawi gelding has a decent record here and can bounce back.
Formerly useful for John Gosden and now with Musabbeh Al Mheiri he has won twice at this venue at up to ten furlongs and he twice finished runner-up during the 2020 Dubai Carnival behind Benbatl and Matterhorn respectively prior to an absence.
Since his return he has won back here over one mile where he had a couple of these rivals behind prior to that lesser effort at Riyadh latest and a return to this venue could show him in a better light if big-race jockey Antonio Fresu can get him out early from his number four stall.
The six-year old wouldn’t need to improve much to have a big say in the finish and given his record here it wouldn’t be a big surprise to see him in the mix returning to this track.