Dubai World Cup Meeting Preview - 26/03/22

James Mackie | @JMackieRacing

Meydan - March 26 2022
Meydan 12:55
12(7)
William Buick

Manobo

J: William Buick
T: Charlie Appleby
N/A
Age: 4
Weight: 8-9
OR: 113
Days: 36

The Group Two Dubai Gold Cup is a test of stamina over two miles and we have two horses who expect to be hitting the frame come the finish.

Our first shout at a short price is the Charlie Appleby trained Manobo, who could be one of the most progressive horses on the flat this season.

The son of Sea The Stars has been seen three times to date, making his debut in May at Newbury and seeing off Derby and St Leger second Mojo Star.

Off the back of that he was upped to 12f at Kempton and again was an impressive winner, coming away from the field to take the event by close to five lengths.

Next time out when seeking a hat-trick the gelding gave the performance of his season when bounding clear by 10 lengths in a Listed event at Saint-Cloud.

Looking to land the four-timer and round off his season last term he went to Longchamp on the first day of Arc weekend and stepped up to Group Two company to land the Prix Chaudeney from stablemate Kemari.

A superb stayer in the making he was last seen having his first run of the year at Meydan over 14f when winning the Group Three Nad Al Sheba with ease.

He is such a likeable talent and if handling the two miles will be tough to beat.

Meydan - March 26 2022
Meydan 12:55
3(9)
James Doyle

Baron Samedi

J: James Doyle
T: Joseph Patrick O'Brien
N/A
Age: 5
Weight: 9-1
OR: 112
Days: 28

At a bigger price and horse that could land some nice each way money looks to be the Joseph O'Brien trained Baron Samedi.

The five year old gelding took a while to find his feet in racing but was gelded and then went on to win seven races in a row from August 2020 to June 2021.

This gelding operation obviously bought out big improvement and having gone up through handicaps he then went on to take Group Two and Three races in Ireland and then went over to America and landed a good Grade Two.

After that he continued his progress without winning, finishing a good third in the Irish St Leger, before rounding out the season being well beaten in the Long Distance Cup at Ascot.

He made a solid seasonal comeback to be fourth in the Group Three Red Sea Turf Handicap 1m7f in at the Saudi Cup meeting, staying on well.

This trip should suit and he’s match fit.

Meydan - March 26 2022
Meydan 13:35
4(9)
James Doyle

Creative Force

J: James Doyle
T: Charlie Appleby
N/A
Age: 4
Weight: 9-0
OR: 118
Days: 161

The Group One Al Quoz Sprint every year is a race that finds the fastest six furlong horses in the world and this year we believe that will be Creative Force.

The Charlie Appleby trained gelding has been a very progressive horse over the last year or so, from winning four straight races at the start of the season including the Group Three Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot, to then mixing it with the big boys of Britain's sprinting division.

After winning the 18 runner event at the royal meeting he then finished a solid fifth of 19 in the Group One July Cup Stakes at Newmarket.

He backed that up at Glorious Goodwood when a narrow second to mud lover Kinross over seven furlongs on soft ground.

Back over six furlongs on quicker ground he could only manage sixth in the Group One Sprint Cup at Haydock, but bounced back in a big way when last seen at Ascot on British Champions Day, landing the Group One Champion Sprint Stakes.

He holds leading Group One form heading into the race and having run well after a break before, he should go close at 11/2.

Meydan - March 26 2022
Meydan 14:10
13(14)
Cristian Demuro

Sekifu

J: Cristian Demuro
T: Koshiro Take
N/A
Age: 3
Weight: 8-9
OR: 112
Days: 28

Next up is the Group Two UAE Derby on the dirt and this race could go to the Japanese raider Sekifu, with the three year old holding some decent form heading into the race.

The colt has only been seen six times in his career to date, racing five of those events as a juvenile, winning two decent events and placing in another.

On his sole start as a three year old he seemed to improve for his age last time out when a narrow second in the Group Three Saudi Derby at Riyadh behind the Bob Baffert trained Pinehurst.

He has every chance of improving for that run and although needing to reverse some of then form with some of these, he is in the betting at a price worth taking on.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
18/02/24TOK8St9-23
20/12/23SON7Gd9-25
11/11/23TOK8St9-08
27/09/23FUN9St8-114
06/08/23SAP8.5S9-01
Meydan - March 26 2022
Meydan 15:20
8(9)
Frankie Dettori

Lord North

J: Frankie Dettori
T: John & Thady Gosden
N/A
Age: 6
Weight: 9-0
OR: 120
Days: 28

Another smart Group One across the afternoon at Meydan is the Dubai Turf and we are siding with Lord North to land back to back renewals of the race.

One of the most progressive horses on the the flat between 2019/2020 the gelding went from winning handicaps to landing Group One events.

Landing the Cambridgeshire in September 2019 and then finishing a tight second in the Balmoral Handicap after that, in 2020 he became a Group One winning horse.

Winning the Group Three Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Haydock on his first run in 2020, he then went into the Group One Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot and took the race with ease.

Looking to round off the season in style he was below par in the Juddmonte International and British Champion Stakes, with the soft ground going against him in the latter.

He was seen one final time in 2020 when fourth of 10 in a strong renewal of the Breeders Cup Turf, which was much more like him.

Given a break he returned in March 2021 at Meydan managing to land this Group One Dubai Turf in very taking fashion.

Again given a break, after almost a year off the track he returned at Lingfield last time out having a prep run for this event and he was a smart second in the Group Three Winter Derby behind rival Alenquer.

That should have put him spot on for this and at the prices looks the bet.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
25/03/23MEY9Gd9-01
25/02/23LIN10St9-21
02/07/22SAN10GF9-94
15/06/22ASC10GF9-25
22/05/22CUR10.5Gd9-54
Meydan - March 26 2022
Meydan 15:55
14(12)
William Buick

Yibir

J: William Buick
T: Charlie Appleby
N/A
Age: 4
Weight: 8-13
OR: 120
Days: 140

The Group One Dubai Sheema Classic over 1m4f is always a race that attracts plenty of smart horses and with that in mind we have a win and each way selection in event.

The win pick in the contest is the Charlie Appleby trained Yibir, who managed to win both of his last two starts as a two year old and made his seasonal comeback last year in Group Three company at Sandown.

He ran really well to be third behind Alenquer and Adayar, with the latter going on to complete the Derby and King George double.

The four year old struggled to kick on from that however, despite dropping in class he kept finding his rivals too good and would fold quite tamely at the business end of the race.

A gelding operation looked to have fixed whatever issue he was having and he bounced back with a dominant display over 13 furlongs at Newmarket to win a good Group three.

Back to form he was pitched into the Group Three Gordon Stakes and he was outclassed, but then went to York's Ebor meeting and landed the Group Two Great Voltigeur in serious style.

Yibir was then seen being sent to Belmont for the Jockey Club Derby where he landed the race in Emphatic style and seeking a hat-trick last time out in the Grade One Breeders' Cup Turf, he went on to take the event.

He holds some of the best form heading into the race and if none the worse for the break, his progressive nature should see him in the mix.

Meydan - March 26 2022
Meydan 15:55
8(5)
Andrea Atzeni

Without A Fight

J: Andrea Atzeni
T: Simon & Ed Crisford
N/A
Age: 5
Weight: 9-0
OR: 109
Days: 21

At a much bigger price of 50/1, Without A Fight for the Simon & Ed Crisford yard could land a place if running close to the form of his latest run over course and distance.

A progressive horse at the backend of last year, winning a four runner event at Haydock and then franking that form at Newmarket over today's trip, he was then given a break and sent over to Meydan.

Running in the Group Two Dubai City Of Gold over course and distance against a superb field of 14, he managed to finish a head second to the smart Hukum for Owen Burrows.

That form reads really well and obviously revelling in the distance and conditions at Meydan, at 50/1 he looks huge value if improving again.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
07/11/23FLE16Gd8-131
21/10/23CAU12Gd8-101
23/09/23CAU9Gd9-46
10/06/23EAG11Gd9-41
27/05/23EAG9Gd9-21
Meydan - March 26 2022
Meydan 16:30
5(7)
Flavien Prat

Hot Rod Charlie

J: Flavien Prat
T: Doug O'Neill
N/A
Age: 4
Weight: 9-0
OR: 122
Days: 50

The feature Group One Dubai World Cup rounds off the card and we are siding with the Doug O'Neill trained Hot Rod Charlie.

The American exploit is a dual Grade One winner on fast ground last year over in the US over nine furlongs and if replicating that form in this could be very tough to pass.

Three starts ago in November he finished a narrow fourth of eight in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Del Mar, which looks very strong form.

Next time out on Boxing Day in the Grade Two Antonio Stakes at Santa Anita he was a nose second.

That would have set him up perfectly for his first run in Dubai last time out when taking to the conditions perfectly to blitz a strong field by close to six lengths in the Grade Two Al Maktoum Challenge.

Looks the value behind the favourite and having a likeable profile on dirt is always preferable in this race.