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Arena cough up at last, and why I love the Dubai World Cup – even if I am in the minority (apparently)

Not a great deal to talk about this week I am sort of glad to say with bad news often the order of the day in the racing press, with the inking of the ARC (Arena Racing Company) deal number one as far as good news is concerned. Everyone seems to know that they are pretty hard nosed businessmen and give nothing away if it can be avoided (there goes my press badge), but they have signed on the dotted line regarding future funding and although we would all like a bit more, racing can at least budget for the next few years in the knowledge of their minimum amounts.

Not a lot else hit the headlines apart from (yawn yawn) more rain softening the going around the Country and supplying a plethora of non runners which I hope leads me neatly and seamlessly in to the wonderful world that is the Dubai World Cup meeting this Saturday afternoon from Meydan, the most opulent race course on planet earth.  As Ron knows to his cost I am sort of on a mission to try and “sell” racing from abroad to the British racing public, and although I am fully aware I am on a hiding to nothing, I love a challenge! Like the rest of you, I am massive fan of our own racing and agree whole heartedly that it is more than difficult to try and collate form from various continents but if you are only betting for fun then why not give it a go? If not then you are missing out on some of the best horses jockeys and trainers on the planet competing for frankly ridiculous prize money (so it is ultra competitive), and isn’t that what we all love the most? Rant over (for now – next stop Malaysia then Singapore in May), and on to the horses. But can we do the impossible and come up with a winner or two? Where I regularly go wrong (and I doubt I am alone) is via blind loyalty to those I know and love (horses or connections), regardless of their actual chances when the reality is they are over bet on principle, and the value is invariably elsewhere. A total of eight races await but as I am not in attendance this year I don’t feel the need to bet in all of them and will focus on two in an attempt to add to last week’s profit – no promises of course but the fun is in the trying (or in my opinion, it ought to be!).

First up I have had a long look at the Dubai Duty free where we are represented by The Fugue (who has a great chance to be fair) and others but I am hoping we have to paly second fiddle to Japanese raider Just A Way. Now a five year old, he is just reaching full maturity to be fair and his last run saw him thrashing Archimedes while the run before was sound beating of the legendary Gentildonna, and if he is improving (and connections have been delighted with his recent trackwork in Dubai), then he could take some stopping even if I can’t properly pronounce the name of jockey Yuichi Fukunaga – now you know why I didn’t mention him on the podcast before the watershed.

Frankie Dettori
Frankie – back riding in Dubai – but not in these colours!

Rounding off with the World Cup itself at 6.05pm, I do have to question the standard of the competitors considering the first prize is well over three and a half million ponds (that is NOT a misprint), and even the sixth place picks up over £120,000 – what more do owners need I wonder? Every runners sits proudly above then decent standard but none of them could be called world beaters in my view, with overnight favourite Ruler Of The World the winner of a substandard Derby last year (second to tenth can only muster ONE win between them since last June and the eleventh took a claimer!), which I feel could tell its own story! He is trained by the genius that is Aiden O’Brien so all things are possible but at 4/1 or thereabouts, I can happily pass him by. Ron The Greek has been working well and connections are very pleased with his progress so expect a big run from the 25/1 shot who may well be overpriced but I can still remember backing Military Attack in Singapore last year and watching him destroy a high class field with the minimum of fuss. Trained in Hong Kong by John Moore, son of legendary Aussie jockey George Moore, he is a class act, and with all the British punters assuming we have the best horses in the World (trust me – we don’t), he looks outstanding each way value at 7/1 or bigger if you wait until nearer to race time.

Next week – The Grand National!

Selections this week:

Just A Way 4.39pm Meydan Saturday

Military Attack each way 6.05pm Meydan Saturday Saturday

Horses to follow:

Jumps: one addition, see below.

Solar Skyput in a great debut run over hurdles at Kempton in a pretty hot race – should improve and win on decent ground shortly.

***Entered Newton Abbot 1st April (no really)***

Little Jon – will be a different beast when sent over fences but the Twiston-Davies yard like him a lot and he will be well worth following long term.

***No current entries***

Lily Mars – one run in a bumper was enough to catch my eye and I feel she caught a tartar at Wincanton on her debut when she looked in need of the run. With that experience under her belt she ought to be placed to pick up a race, which should be enough to make us a profit.

***Unplaced over hurdles last week and looks to be going backwards – one last chance**

Rolling Star – a well-regarded young hurdler who won with any amount in hand at Haydock and seems certain to come on again for the run as per the Henderson yard this season

***No current entries***

African Gold – a classy hurdler expected to be even better over fences, he rather let the side down on his chasing debut but is I am assured far better than that – he will win races over fences.

***No entries at present***

Opera Og – hopefully well handicapped off a rating of 117 (when last seen), the seven year old looked all over the winner at Bangor before fading badly to finish third. The lack of a run was clearly his undoing and with that run under his belt he should win next time out provided connections keep their sites lowered to a sensible level.

***No entries at present***

Champagne Fever – on target at home for the Arkle Chase, held in the highest regard and schooling well for Willie Mullins, likely to have Ruby Walsh in the saddle, what more can a punter ask for?

*** No Current entries  ***


Tominator – back in training at the Jonjo O’Neill yard they are very happy with him and he looks a picture – expect a few wins this season with the Chester Cup very much on the agenda.

***No current entries***

Mutakayyef – trained by William Haggas I had a quandary this week – do I or don’t I back the son of Sea The Stars? As with all the stable juveniles he was a shoe in to improve for the run but he is spoken of in glowing terms by gallop watchers in Newmarket. Fact is he ran as expected – slowly away, green as grass, and hampered as well, he will learn plenty from the experience and can be ignored at your peril.

***No current entries***

Freemason – a once raced juvenile owned by Highclere Thoroughbred Racing – Harbinger (a posh syndicate), he cost a whopping 150,000 Guineas so ought to be half decent – word is he is all that and more, so one to stay on the right side of.

***No current entries (unless you include the 2014 Derby!***

Idea – twice raced two year old trained by Sir Michael Stoute and said to be flying on the gallops. Won after a poor run at Windsor when last seen looking as green as grass and very much one to keep on the right side of – originally nominated by a post racing reader!

***No current entries***

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