It’s Dubai World Cup day with rich pickings at Meydan plus some competitive jumps cards at Haydock. We’re reaching for the stars, and some each way action may be the prudent course of action for the yankee.
The Daily Yankee:
Second Summer, (1245 Meydan), 20/1: Won this race last year in what is still his only appearance at a distance as short as this mile. Seems to need to come through from the back of a suicidally fast run race, which he doesn’t get at longer distances, but did get in this event last year. One of the culprits then, Heavy Metal, again returns as favourite and again has competition for the lead. His jockey Ryan Moore may be more sensible, but the odds on a repeat debacle are not so fanciful, and if that does transpire then Second Summer could repeat last year’s shock effort.
Taiki Ferveur (1430 Meydan), 33/1: Favourite Gold Town has been thrashing moderate opposition here this Spring but looks short against tougher opposition. Mendelssohn leads the way but will need to transfer the form of his Breeders Cup turf win to dirt. Value may lie in Japanese challenger Taiki Ferveur. He has dirt experience and Japanese raiders often outrun their price. He stayed on well last time and could be set for the upset.
Washington DC, (1505 Meydan), 22/1: Aidan O’Brien doesn’t send many to this meeting, but he sent this guy last year when 7th on unsuitably soft ground. He’s a horse you need to make plenty of excuses for, but occasionally, when all goes well, he looks capable of running to Group 1 standard. This quick ground 6f and a strong pace could be ideal, and of course Ryan Moore is always a plus. Favourite Blue Point looks useful, but there is not much strength in depth after that and the Irish challenger could easily get involved.
Hatchet Jack, (1625 Haydock), 11/1 : This one has been a bit of a perennial loser this season. albeit threatening better. His latest third at Ascot in mid Feb was just such an example, using exaggerated hold-up tactics and finishing well but all too late into third. That has been characteristic, but he gets in here off very bottom weight, and the likely good pace, longer straight and potentially slightly better ground all look likely to be in his favour, he could be hard to keep out of the frame.
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