Al Quoz Sprint Guide

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1. STORMY LIBERAL

Trainer - Peter Miller

Jockey - Joel Rosario

US trained - this 7yo (son of Stormy Atlantic) won the Group One Breeders Cup Turf Sprint back in 2017 and 2018, and holds good form in this contest - finishing second last year.

Two races this side of Christmas, coming home as a beaten favourite in second place at Santa Anita twice.

Definitely worth considering.

2. SANDS OF MALI

T - Richard Fahey

J - Oisin Murphy

Improved to win the six-furlong sprint on British Champions Day at Ascot in October, and with the current conditions in Meydan, there is a chance it could be rain-softened ground once again.

Part-owner Peter Swann will fly to Las Vegas this weekend to watch his star's participation, which could be the resulting factor.

Full of natural speed.

3. LOST TREASURE

T - Aiden O'Brien

J - Ryan Moore

Quirky four-year-old son of War Front, who is always a strong traveller but finds very little for pressure.

Last seen finishing seventh to Stormy Liberal at the Breeders Cup, so plenty of ground to make up on first start in 2019.

Not for us.

4. MAZZINI

T - Fawzi Abdulla Nass

J - Adrie de Vries

Formerly trained by James Fanshawe in Britain, this six-year-old chestnut has been on a roll: winning four of his last five, and five of his last seven.

After a victory in a Conditions Stakes at Kempton in October, he was sold off to the UAE, where he has won twice - once over five and once over six.

Came to grief last time out in a Group Three won by Blue Point over six, and hard to see him reversing the form here.

5. THE RIGHT MAN

T - D Guillemin

J - Francois-Xavier Bertras

French-trained; won this by a nose as 5yo in 2017 but on much slower ground.

Not seen since finishing second in a Group Three at Maisons-laffitte, and would have perhaps needed the run before heading back to this top affair.

6. BRAVE SMASH

T - Kris Lees

J - Hugh Bowman

Brave Smash flies the flag for the Australian consortium - two 6f/7f Group One wins down under, and ran on best when finishing third in a top-band contest latest.

Heavily campaigned over the winter, he has progressed back into the horse we know, but over racing could be seen as a disadvantage too.

Useful contender, good opportunities for places.

7. BELVOIR BAY

T - Peter Miller

J - Flavien Prat

Four graded wins in California over 5f-1m, but will need his best yet to play a part in this.

Promising start to this season as well with two wins at Santa Anita, but this looks a totally different ball game.

Good chance if producing repeat performances in the top band.

8. BLUE POINT

T - Charlie Appleby

J - William Buick

The favourite - won the five furlong King's Stand at Royal Ascot last year, and finished third in the Nunthorpe at York.

Immaculate at Meydan over the winter, with two wins over 5f/6f here this term; albeit in lesser contests.

They have brushed away the cobwebs, and a big season now beckons for this top sprinter.

9. CARIBOU CLUB

T - Thomas Proctor

J - Joseph Talamo

Winner of the Grade Three Joe Hernandez Stakes at Santa Anita, he is another that finds himself in deep waters here.

He is very lightly raced - winning three of his eight career starts, and you could not rule out a surprise on that basis as there could be more to come.

Good record with those three wins coming at Graded level, but a career best required.

10. EKHTIYAAR

T - Doug Watson

J - Jim Crowley

Useful reliable type, who won a course and distance handicap by record margin back in February.

Finished three lengths behind Blue Point when second on latest start in a Group Three.

Hard to see him reverse the form with the latter, but definite possibilities he could get closer.

11. ILLUSTRIOUS LAD

T - Peter Gelagotis

J - Anthony Daramin

Creditable fifth behind Stormy Ireland in this contest last year, but has not been seen in the same light since.

Four efforts in 2019 and just the one place to shout about - two length second at Sale in Australia in Conditions contest.

Hard to provide a case for.

12. VIDDORA

T - Lloyd Kennewell

J - Joe Bowditch

Australian-trained mare, with two 5f/6f Group One wins in her career down under - the latest of which was in September.

Bee seen plenty since, and has not figured at all at either Randwick, Caulfield or Ascot (Australia) in top Group Ones.

Month off and makes the journey to the Middle-East to rediscover her best form.

13. WISHFUL THINKER

T - Richard Gibson

J - Alexis Badel

Another chance for Richard Gibson - this 5yo has been in unstoppable form in the far-east.

Progressive handicapper in Hong Kong; winning four of his last five over 5f/6f, and has to go into consideration if the favourite flops.

Last win was very convincing three weeks ago, and this is the best chance he will get.

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