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2021 Dubai Racing Carnival – Thursday 11th February

Meydan Overview & Selections – Week 4:

Two winners last week meant that we showed a profit here on the weekly Meydan Overview. Hopefully more of the same this week where Round 2 of the Al Maktoum Challenge and the Group 2 Al Rashidiya take centre stage on an excellent card.

Four selections for you this week:

10:05am ET Meydan: Star Safari

I tipped this horse here at Meydan two weeks ago and on his first run for 11 months he shaped like he retains plenty of ability. He was outpaced briefly and hung left when he first came under pressure but then stuck to his task to finish third to Ya Hayati. The step up in trip here should suit given that there is plenty of stamina in his pedigree and he will surely go close to winning here providing William Buick can fashion a decent trip from Stall 11. He was most impressive here last year when beating the useful Franz Kafka and with a recent run behind him he should now be spot on to produce a similar effort.

11:15am ET Meydan: Cappezano

This horse needs to bounce back from two below par efforts this season but this race represents a good opportunity to get back on track. In Round 1 of the Al Maktoum Challenge he went off far too hard in front from a wide draw and understandably paid for his early exertions and was well beaten. He is well drawn here in Stall 1 and will not have to work hard for the lead given the lack of confirmed front-runners in here. As long as Mikael Barzalona gets the fractions right, he could be hard to peg back. Dubai Warrior will be popular, but he has never run on dirt, is drawn wide in Stall 9 and is also not bred for the dirt. To my eye he is more of a synthetic performer. Thegreatcollection is a big danger after his second place in Round 1 of the Challenge where a wide trip didn’t help his cause, if he stays this trip he will be a danger. It is last chance saloon time for Cappezano and I take him to grab the opportunity.

11:50am ET Meydan: Zakouski

This race looks to be paceless. There isn’t a front-runner among them and as such it doesn’t look to be the sort of race that will suit the likely favourite Lord Glitters who took advantage of a pace meltdown last time out. Zakouski, from a good draw in Stall 1, looks likely to be handy if not in front and he can come out on top in what could be a tactical affair. He has some smart form to his name and his second to Lord Glitters last time confirmed his liking for this track. He is 3 pounds better off with Lord Glitters, but more importantly he looks like he could have the run of the race compared to Lord Glitters who needs a strong pace to go at. I take Zakouski in this tactical affair.

12:25pm ET Meydan: Mutaraffa

This is a much weaker race than the one this horse contested last time out when an excellent second to the useful Equilateral and he also had the well fancied Lazuli behind him in third. He faces some pace pressure here from the very fast Caspian Prince, but I fancy he can just get a tow off that old timer and then pick him up late in the race. He is drawn in Stall 5, which would not have been a good draw on this track last week where a high draw was imperative but that was because the rail was out and horses from high draws could easily get to the favoured stands rail. That will not be so easy with the track at its true width this week. Mutaraffa is lightly raced and has clearly had problems but he has strung together two good races in a row now and a repeat of last time will see him win here.