Who To Follow At The Dubai World Cup Meeting 2022

James Mackie | @JMackieRacing

Meydan - March 26 2022
Meydan 16:30
Flavien Prat

Hot Rod Charlie

J: Flavien Prat
T: Doug O'Neill
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.

Trainer To Follow - Charlie Appleby

Charlie Appleby has had a superb winter away in Meydan this year, sending over a great team of horses, winning plenty of races and he is now looking to sign off by landing some decent prize money.

One of his first big chances on the night comes in the Group Two Gold Cup which he won back in 2019 with Cross Counter and he has a huge shout this year with the unbeaten Manobo.

In the Al Quoz Sprint he has the two at the top of the market with Man Of Promise and Creative Force both having leading chances off the back off their last runs.

In the Group One Dubai Sheema Classic he fields Breeders Cup Turf winner Yibir who is looking to land black type races in three different countries.

Appleby heads into the meeting sporting a strike rate of 25% for the last two weeks, managing to land two winners from his last eight runners.

Jockey To Follow - Christophe Soumillon

Christophe Soumillon heads into the weekend with some big chances for various trainers and for that reason is worth following on Saturday.

In the first race of the afternoon he sits on the talented Storm Damage for Saeed bin Suroor who is looking to land a hat-trick of wins at the track.

He rides Berneuil in the Al Quoz Sprint who could pick up each way money at an each price and he then sits on Glory Vase in the Dubai Sheema Classic, who is a live player.

Soumillon rounds off his afternoon by riding the highly talented Real World in the Dubai World Cup for a trainer who has won four of the last six renewals.