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Dubai World Cup Preview – Part 1

The richest race night in the world is nearly upon us and here is our big night preview. We at BetCirca relgiously follow Meydan with a few to finding value on the big night, and we’ve already tipped up Planteur at 25-1 and Hunter’s light at 5-1 for the big race, in this article we’ll focus on the Dubai Duty Free and the Sheema Classic.

Trade Storm – Dubai Duty Free 11/2 Paddy Power Win
French Fifteen – Dubai Duty Free 14-1 Coral EW
This is a tough race. Ocean Park is a group 1 winner down in Australia. The only donwside to this horse is the fact he has to travel to Dubai from Aus, although he’s won in both NZ and Aus, so travelling isnt a huge issue, that said, dubai is much further away. Additionally, the horse hasn’t run in Dubai before. He’s a massive threat to our selection if he takes to the conditions however.I’m a big Trade Storm fan. He won his latest Group 2 race cheekily, cutting through the field to win easily. Jamie Spencer even had time to look over at Christophe Soumillion on the run over and give him a wave, that’s how cheeky it was. This is a big ask for Trade Storm, he’s up against a seasoned campaigner in Ocean Park, but we’re confident he can put in a solid performance. If Each-way at 11/2 is your thing, he could well be an EW bet to nothing.

French Fifteen is our each-way selection however. This horse came 2nd to Camelot in the 2000 guineas by a neck. It actually led for a few strides but was pegged back by Camelot on the line. Since then he’s done absolutely nothing. Well beaten twice since then. But if he puts in the same performance he did against Camelot he could be a great each-way shout, we shall see if he can do that.

Gentildonna – Dubai Sheema Classic 2-1 Paddy Power Win
Sharestan – Dubai Sheema Classic 20-1 William Hill EW

Gentildonna is the most likely winner. Let me make that clear now. He comes over to Meydan with a reputation as a multiple group 1 winner in Japan. He beat Orfeve who really should of won the Arc De Triomphe when scooting 4l clear with 1 furlong to go, and ended up getting chinned on the line by Solemia.

This horse is 6 from 7 in group races, which is a cracking record in the context of this race. Again, there are concerns about how well he’ll travel, having never left Japan. This is a minor concern, but this sort of scenario is an issue across the whole Dubai World Cup card.

St Nicholas Abbey is a danger, but the disappointment of his 3rd in the Turf race at the Breeders cup behind Little Mike is still playing on alot of peoples minds. Gentildonna has solid claims here, and has to be strongly respected.

Sharestan is our each-way poke. First up at Meydan he won with ease, his 2nd start was disappointing. SDS got him boxed in on the rail behind a wall of horses, a gap appeared with 1/2 a furlong to go, but it was too late. He flew to finish 3rd. His last race he was only 4 lengths off the winner in a group 1. At 20-1, he could be a cracking EW bet should he be able to cling onto a place.

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