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2021 Dubai Racing Carnival – Thursday 28th January

Meydan Overview & Selections – Week 2:

Equilateral was a winner for this overview last week at Meydan on a card that threw up two legitimate World Cup night contenders. Golden Goal lowered the 7 furlong track record on the dirt and as such is in the frame for the Godolphin Mile and Military Law took Round 1 of the Al Maktoum Challenge on the dirt throwing his hat into the ring for the Dubai World Cup itself.

The fillies take centre stage today with the UAE 1000 Guineas on the Dirt and the Cape Verdi on the Turf being the feature events.

Four selections for you this week:

10:40am ET Meydan: Star Safari

A thoroughly competitive Listed contest can go to the lightly raced Star Safari. He has won two of his four starts to date and is open to plenty of improvement. When last seen he won a handicap here off a mark of 94 beating the useful and bang in-form Franz Kafka. He gave the distinct impression that he was still green when winning, running around and hanging under pressure, but still having enough talent to win. He has been raised 5lb for that which should not be enough to stop him. He represents the magical Meydan duo of Charlie Appleby and William Buick and is well drawn in Stall 2. He looks set to go close.

11:15am ET Meydan: Summer Romance

Godolphin have scooped 8 of the last 10 renewals of this Group 2 contest and I think in Stunning Beauty and Summer Romance they have the main protagonists once again. I am with Summer Romance for Charlie Appleby despite the fact Stunning Beauty looks to be a filly of considerable potential being unbeaten in her only two starts. Summer Romance won the Listed Princess Elizabeth Stakes at Epsom last Summer and had been a very useful two-year-old. Indeed, she can boast a win in the Empress Stakes in a very fast time. She is already a more than decent filly who sets the standard can take advantage of a good draw in Stall 1 giving Godolphin yet another win in this contest.

11:50am ET Meydan: Super Chianti

I think there are three players here in Mnasek, Soft Whisper and Super Chianti – and all three won last time out. Mnasek was hugely impressive here on debut having missed the break, routing her rivals. Soft Whisper won the trial for this and will be suited by stepping back up in trip. Super Chianti is the one for me though. Her debut win was achieved whilst idling and although not as impressive as Mnasek, it is interesting that Pat Dobbs sticks with her. Mnasek will struggle up in grade if blowing the break again from Stall 1 and Soft Whisper is not really bred for the dirt and despite winning a weak trial, she may be better on turf. On balance Super Chianti is the value play.

12:25pm ET Meydan: Key Victory

This horse won here at Meydan last season on the back of a 5 month break and comes here once again after a similar layoff. He must only race here off a 2lb higher mark and his last run at Haydock is a “throw out” effort given that he was held up in a race that was run at a crawl. He gives his best efforts when he gets a good gallop to go at and is held up off the pace. He is reasonably well-drawn in Stall 7 to be tucked in and then produced late in the straight at a track that clearly suits him. He can conclude a very good day for the Godolphin blue.

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