Meydan Friday Preview - 14/01/22

Meydan - January 14 2022
Meydan 14:35
6(1)
Andrea Atzeni

Taking Names

J: Andrea Atzeni
T: Doug Watson
N/A
Age: 3
Weight: 8-9
OR: 87
Days: 29

The first race of the afternoon at Meydan is the Conditions Festival City Stakes over six furlongs on the dirt and we are siding with the Doug Watson trained Taking Names.

The three year old son of Arrogate has been seen twice to date, winning on debut over course and distance by close to nine lengths, but last time out when stepped up to 7f did not look as progressive.

Back down to his preferred trip today makes him a big player if being able to reciprocate his debut run.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
04/02/22MEY6Fs8-93
14/01/22MEY6Fs8-95
16/12/21MEY7Fs9-24
18/11/21MEY6Fs9-21
Meydan - January 14 2022
Meydan 15:10
9(10)
William Buick

Wirko

J: William Buick
T: Charlie Appleby
N/A
Age: 4
Weight: 8-11
OR: 103
Days: 254

The first big event of the afternoon sees the Listed Dubai Racing Club Classic over 1m4f and with a big field heading to post we have two selections.

The first pick is the Charlie Appleby trained Wirko who is exceptionally well bred son of Kingman costing €700,00 and has been seen four times to date.

As a juvenile he ran twice, finishing a good second on debut at Wolverhampton, before getting off the mark at Kempton beating a nice type for John Gosden.

Back last season for his three year old campaign, he was seen twice again, making a superb debut at Epsom in the Listed Blue Riband Trial when winning from off the pace.

He was then sent to Chester for the Grade Three Chester Vase and in slower conditions was a tame fourth.

Back on a quicker surface today he should go close, especially having form going well fresh after a break.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
14/01/22MEY12Gd8-1112
05/05/21CHS12.5GS9-04
20/04/21EPS10Gd9-11
05/11/20KEM8St/Slw9-51
22/10/20WOL8.5St9-52
Meydan - January 14 2022
Meydan 15:10
3(6)
Pat Cosgrave

Dubai Future

J: Pat Cosgrave
T: Saeed bin Suroor
N/A
Age: 6
Weight: 9-3
OR: 108
Days: 56

At a bigger price is our second selection in the race with Dubai Future for Godolphin and Saeed bin Suroor looking to get back to form.

Having finished a narrow second in this race last year behind the smart Walton Street, he then went on to win over 14f at the track in another Listed event.

Looking to make it back to back wins he had to settle for second again behind Walton Street in the Group Two Dubai City Of Gold.

This time of the year looks the moment to catch him and he could go close again at a decent price.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
23/07/22YOR10.5GF9-83
14/06/22ASC10GF9-81
26/05/22SAN10Gd9-24
26/03/22MEY12Gd9-011
26/02/22JAN15GF9-65
Meydan - January 14 2022
Meydan 15:45
8(3)
William Buick

Sovereign Prince

J: William Buick
T: Charlie Appleby
N/A
Age: 3
Weight: 9-0
OR: 94
Days: 110

The seven furlong Jumeriah Classic Trial over seven furlongs looks a very competitive event but the horse we think takes the eye is the Charlie Appleby trained Sovereign Prince.

The three year old gelding was tried over shorter trips at the start of his career and ran to a fair standard placing twice in July and September.

However, it wasn't until the move to 7f in his last event that he gave the best running of his career when winning a Nursery Handicap at Epsom.

The quicker the ground the better for this horse and being unexposed at the trip makes him a big player.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
04/02/22MEY8Gd9-01
14/01/22MEY7Gd9-01
26/09/21EPS7Gd9-71
08/09/21WOL6St/Slw9-03
16/07/21NOT6GF9-52
Meydan - January 14 2022
Meydan 16:20
1(13)
Richard Mullen

Avant Garde

J: Richard Mullen
T: B Seemar
N/A
Age: 5
Weight: 9-0
OR: 109
Days: 293

Another extremely tricky contest on the Meydan card for punters is the Group Two Al Maktoum Challenge over a mile on the dirt and with that in mind we have had two each way pokes at the race.

The first is the five year old Avant Garde who was a consistent type in America at the start of last year, winning over seven furlongs and then placing twice over a mile.

He was last seen in March 2020 on his sole run over course and distance at Meydan when a good third of 15 in the Group Two Godolphin Mile and returning to that form makes him one to keep on side.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
14/01/22MEY8Fs9-07
27/03/21MEY8Fs9-03
27/02/21GUL8Fs8-62
23/01/21GUL8Fs8-63
05/12/20GUL7Fs8-101
Meydan - January 14 2022
Meydan 16:20
14(6)
Pat Cosgrave

Thegreatcollection

J: Pat Cosgrave
T: Doug Watson
N/A
Age: 8
Weight: 9-0
OR: 110
Days: 29

At a bigger price is the Doug Watson trained eight year old Thegreatcollection who loves it over a mile at this track and although getting on now, can still be the force of old.

In December 2020 the gelding won the Listed Dubai Creek Mile over course and distance and then backed that up with a second in this race last year.

Upped in trip after that he slightly struggled, but he made his first run of the season in December after seven months off and finished a good third in the race he won last year.

Primed for a big run once more at a double figure price.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
05/03/22MEY10Fs9-013
04/02/22MEY9.5Fs9-05
14/01/22MEY8Fs9-04
16/12/21MEY8Fs9-03
27/03/21MEY10Fs9-07
Meydan - January 14 2022
Meydan 16:55
10(1)
William Buick

Wedding Dance

J: William Buick
T: Charlie Appleby
N/A
Age: 4
Weight: 9-0
OR: 96
Days: 62

The feature event of the afternoon for the Fillies' and Mares is the Group Two Cape Verdi and the horse that could go best of all is Wedding Dance for Charlie Appleby.

The four year old filly was a 600,000gns purchase who has been seen five times to date, needing her debut in June 2020 when only beating one home but off the back of that run got off the mark at Newmarket.

Sent to France in August she was a good second behind a nice French horse in Group Three company and was then stepped up to a mile for the Listed Rosemary Stakes, where she was mid-field.

Last seen in a Fillies' Conditions Stakes at Wolverhampton she was a dominant winner over seven furlongs and she looks to be one of the most unexposed horses in the field and the one with the most potential to improve.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
14/01/22MEY8Gd9-03
13/11/21WOL7St9-01
24/09/21NMK8GF8-126
01/08/20DEA7Gd8-112
11/07/20NMK7GS9-01
Meydan - January 14 2022
Meydan 17:30
4(16)
Pat Cosgrave

Roulston Scar

J: Pat Cosgrave
T: Simon Crisford
N/A
Age: 6
Weight: 9-3
OR: 105
Days: 95

The final event of the afternoon is the Listed Dubai Dash and like some of the other races we have two each way selections with the field size being so big.

The first is the Simon & Ed Crisford trained Roulston Scar who heads into the race seeking a four timer having won races at the back end of last year at Leicester, Chelmsford and Musselburgh over both 5f and 6f.

Big form chance who also has course and distance form winning at this meeting last year.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
14/01/22MEY5Gd9-313
11/10/21MUS5Sft9-51
25/09/21CFD6St9-71
07/09/21LEI5GF9-21
12/05/21YOR6GS9-110
Meydan - January 14 2022
Meydan 17:30
11(8)
Frankie Dettori

Raaeb

J: Frankie Dettori
T: Saeed bin Suroor
N/A
Age: 5
Weight: 9-1
OR: 100
Days: 164

At a bigger price is the Saeed bin Suroor trained Raeeb for Shadwell Stable who has always threatened to be a smart sprinter and when last time seen fulfilled some of his potential to win a hot event at Chelmsford.

Not seen since then he will be fresh for this event and having won over six furlongs before the step back up in trip should be no issue.

Each way player with Frankie Dettori on board at a double figure price.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
25/02/22MEY6Gd9-34
28/01/22MEY6Gd8-1011
14/01/22MEY5Gd9-112
03/08/21CFD5St/Slw9-111
12/07/21LIN6St/Slw10-24

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