Saturday Races: Dubai Dreaming..

There’s a bit of something for everyone today, with a top class card in Meydan culminating in the Dubai World Cup, a tasty looking classy jumps card at Newbury, and …er, Bangor.

We like the look of a few shocks on the World Cup undercard in Dubai.  The Dubai Gold Cup (1250 GMT) looks destined for last year’s winner Vazirabad, but he is a short price.

Rembrandt Van Rijn has been running well over shorter trips at Meydan this Spring, not finishing far behind the top class Postponed last time.  If he can transfer his finishing kick to this longer trip he could cause an upset at massive odds.

The Al Quoz Sprint (1400) also presents a strong favourite in Ertijaal.  The French trained The Right Man was a quiet improver at the end of last season.  He has a bit to find on his one Meydan run, but that run may well have been needed to put him straight for this, and any improvement could see him threaten the frame at huge odds.

Back at Newbury, Aqua Dude has a chance to end a frustrating run in the handicap chase (1425).  He was beaten in a head-bobber at Haydock last time in a race in which the 3rd (20 lengths behind) and 5th (38 lengths behind) have both won since.  He can make amends here.

Ruby Yeats will be trying to win the hugely competitive mares hurdle (1500) for friend of the blog Harry Whittington.  Her second to Verdana Blue looks superb in light of that one’s big run at Cheltenham, and on a line through that Ruby could be 10lbs or more well in.


Rembrandt Van Rijn (1250 Meydan), 33/1 each way

The Right Man (1400 Meydan), 28/1 each way

Aqua Dude (1425 Newbury), 7/1

Ruby Yeats (1500 Newbury), 10/1


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