Dubai-bound 2015

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Sun Mar 01, 2015 11:07 pm

Sheema Classic next for deadly Designs On Rome
http://www.racingpost.com/news/live.sd? ... category=0
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Mon Mar 02, 2015 2:50 pm

Flintshire returns to action tomorrow in a 9f conditions race in Chantilly, presumably a sharpener for the Sheema Classic.
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Wed Mar 04, 2015 12:22 pm

Pat Cummings: “Hearing a few stronger rumblings about Lea and Wicked Strong ending up in Dubai World Cup after all...hmmmmm”
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Wed Mar 04, 2015 2:49 pm

Northport wrote:Flintshire returns to action tomorrow in a 9f conditions race in Chantilly, presumably a sharpener for the Sheema Classic.
Finished 2nd to Dolniya, an Aga Khan filly who finished 5th in the Arc last year. Dolniya is also on track for the Sheema Classic
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Thu Mar 05, 2015 8:46 pm

LONG RIVER ( AP Indy x Round Pond) is entered in G1 Al Maktoum Challenge at Meydan on Mar 7. Race 7.

COOL COWBOY by Kodiak Kowboy is entered in G3 Mahab Al Shimaal at Meydan, same day. Race 3

ROMANSH - by Berardini is entered in G3 Burj Nahaar - Race 5

MOVIESTA by Hard Spun is entered in G3 Meydan Sprint - Race 4

Here is a link to the Meydan entries for all the March 7 races

http://www.emiratesracing.com/node/3?id=2681#tab-9933
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Thu Mar 05, 2015 9:01 pm

The Super Saturday races are being shown on TVG, although the time slotted for them begins at 5 AM PST. Since I am NOT an early riser, I think this lazy Left Coaster is going to warm up the DVR. :lol:
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Thu Mar 05, 2015 9:27 pm

BaroqueAgain1 wrote:The Super Saturday races are being shown on TVG, although the time slotted for them begins at 5 AM PST. Since I am NOT an early riser, I think this lazy Left Coaster is going to warm up the DVR. :lol:
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Thu Mar 05, 2015 10:16 pm

It's a really nice Super Saturday card. I've set my alarm early to watch it. My Xpressbet account can be down significantly before Gulfstream starts! The best part about the day is betting against horses like Long River, Romansh and Cool Cowboy.
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Thu Mar 05, 2015 10:31 pm

I'm not a Dubai-focused person at all, but there are some really great storylines on Super Saturday that I'll be following -

* Undefeated (10-for-10) Triple Crown winner, Sir Fever, makes his first start outside of Uruguay and his first start in Godolphin blue in the Al Bastakiya. His showdown with Mubtaahij, who is just a 3yo and was born nearly a year after Sir Fever, should be interesting.

* Cool Cowboy vs Krypton Factor in the Mahab Al Shimaal. Cool Cowboy will be one of the first opportunities for a US-based 'speed' horse to ship in to Dubai and take a spin on Meydan's dirt, while Krypton Factor showed he can handle the surface here last month. At 2/1 on the ML, Cool Cowboy, could be a bet-against worth evaluating. US-bred, Farmah, by Speightstown, also figures to factor in his first dirt start.

* How will last year's World Cup winner, African Story, take to the dirt. He didn't do well on it in his first Meydan start of the year, while stablemate Prince Bishop did. Long River at 5/1 on the ML is a price I'd love to book.

* I think Vertingetorix is a potential breakout star and am eager to see him against the Godolphin's Hunter's Light in the nightcap. Not many people have heard of Vertingetorix, but the South African's only two career defeats came at the handles of Just a Way in the Duty Free and Designs on Rome in the QE2 Cup at Sha Tin.
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Fri Mar 06, 2015 1:37 pm

Toast of New York will miss the DWC with a soft tissue injury, per twitter.
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Fri Mar 06, 2015 2:38 pm

That is an awful shame about Toast of New York. He is very talented
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Fri Mar 06, 2015 3:41 pm

What a difference dirt makes........

Chrome versus Lea versus Constitution........

This will be a race worth watching after many years of not so much.......
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Fri Mar 06, 2015 4:44 pm

No Toast of New York kind of takes the wind out of my sails. It looked like the DWC had been their goal since last year's Carnival, and Al Shaqab specifically bought the horse with this in mind.

For 2013 they bought Planteur, for 2014 they bought Ruler of the World, for 2015 they bought Toast of New York... I expect a press release with them buying into Constitution any day now :lol:
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Fri Mar 06, 2015 9:41 pm

Really wanted to see Toast run. That's a bad loss. Hope he come back but soft tissue can be a bitch.
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Fri Mar 06, 2015 9:44 pm

Shitty news.

On the bright side, Lea and Constitution have both been confirmed for the World Cup.
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Sat Mar 07, 2015 11:06 am

Sky Hunter was running at Ayr 6 months ago. Another one of those Godolphin horses that magically turns into a world beater when he touches down in the desert.
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Sat Mar 07, 2015 11:56 am

Not sure how African Story and Prince Bishop just ran 1-2 in the Maktoum Challenge. Their disdain for the dirt was unquestionable throughout.

Long River was last.
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Sat Mar 07, 2015 12:00 pm

Interesting result that Mubtaahij crushed the Uruguayan TC winner, Sir Fever, in just his 6th career start. Impressive, since Sir Fever is about 10 months his senior (Sir Fever being So Hemi, Mubtaahij being No Hemi). With a good UAE Derby showing, either Mubtaahij or Maftool, who beat Mubtaahij last out, could be Derby bound.
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Sat Mar 07, 2015 12:32 pm

With Mubtaahij and Maftool planned runners, as well as the three Japanese horses (two being by Tapit, including the very promising Golden Barows), the UAE Derby is shaping up to be a great race.
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Sat Mar 07, 2015 1:44 pm

There's still a LOT of kickback on that track...looks like the sand tracks in Japan. The race caller even noted horses being kept to the outside 'to stay out of the kickback.'
That might be in the favor of American-style runners with good early speed who can place themselves toward the front...maybe not as good for runners who need to be 'covered up' during the running, and who are produced in the stretch with a sharp closing kick.
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