Fulbright to shine in Dubai
Man On The Spot previews Thursday's meeting from Meydan and expects Fulbright to win on the card.
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After several local meetings, many of the big stables come out to play on the first day of the Dubai Carnival. Fityaan won this a year ago at 50/1 but hasn't been seen subsequently and is 6lb higher. His in-form yard are also represented by Rafeej, who has gone up 10lb for an impressive victory over 6f here three weeks ago. Mike De Kock has acquired the 2012 July Stakes winner Alhebayeb from Richard Hannon though he hasn't raced over the minimum since that victory. He had earlier been beaten narrowly by today's rival Hototo in the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot. AHTOUG had just one run here last season, beaten a couple of lengths by today's rival Take Ten, who was receiving 8lb. The former is 10lb better off here and, as he ended his UK campaign beating the useful Steps in the Shergar Cup Dash at Ascot, he looks the one to be on. Irish horses have an excellent record in sprints here and Nero Emperor, who landed a very strong handicap at the Curragh in September for Tommy Stack and had Red Dubawi behind there earlier, looks a threat to all. Monsieur Joe has his sights lowered after running in the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint on his last start here.
Ottoman Empire took a few races to warm up here a year ago but ended the campaign with an impressive course and distance victory. The 2011 Lincoln winner Sweet Lightning doesn't have the greatest all-weather profile but had a sighter at Wolverhampton last month. Mike De Kock will get the best out of EL ESTRUENDOSO, who ran very well on his final start here in February. He'll have been prepared for this year's Carnival and can make a successful start. Stablemate Specific Gravity, who was placed here three times in the same month, should also go well. Transparent was regarded as Group class on Dirt in the USA and hasn't been handed a high rating for his handicap debut and Godolphin also have the tough handicapper Clon Brulee entered though he's now on his highest ever mark. Busker won twice here a year ago and his last run should be ignored as he was never put in the race but stayed on well.
Mutin won his first four races in France including a Listed contest but couldn't make the step-up into Group company. He looks very well treated if back to form for new connections. Ocean Tempest, who has won twice around Chester while completing a hat-trick, is 10lb higher and a wide draw may be a problem. Ger Lyons knows what it takes to win races here so the consistent Tennessee Wildcat could be just the type for here though he looks a bit high in the weights. Bertiewhittle was beaten just a head in a Listed race at Kempton in November and David Barron will have him spot-on for a big run. FULBRIGHT finished placed in Group races here last year and would take some beating in that kind of form. He didn't do as well subsequently but is likely to be ready for this and looks the one to be on. Mont Ras had his first all-weather start at Kempton last month and did well to beat the odds-on Grey Mirage.
MUSHREQ gets the vote as though he needed his first two runs here a year ago he then scored twice including a Group 2. He's more likely to be ready this time, as is stablemate David Livingston, well beaten on his only start here a year ago but later a Group 2 winner at Haydock. Dux Scholar was in tremendous form at last year's Carnival and continued in the same vein throughout though he's rarely run at a trip this far. The lightly-raced Tales Of Grimm, beaten a short-head in a Newmarket Group 3 in October, and the consistent Gabrial, represent Richard Fahey while Burano ran well for Brian Meehan here last year. Artigiano, twice runner-up in Group 2's in the UK as a juvenile, hasn't run since the Breeders' Cup meeting of that year.
Shuruq won a Group 3 here in February but didn't quite manage to make progress subsequently. Steeler is the intriguing entry as the Godolphin colt, who won the Royal Lodge in 2012, hasn't been seen since a close third in the Racing Post Trophy a month later. Daddy Long Legs produced a brilliant performance to land the UAE Derby here in 2012 but has come nowhere near that kind of form subsequently. Stablemate Rerouted won twice here last year and was thought good enough to take on Soft Falling Rain in the Godolphin Mile so he should go well. MUFARRH was conceding Banna Boirche 10lb when beating him a nose in February. He looked a likely winner until fading close home three weeks ago and can go one better with that run under his belt. Champion UAE trainer Ernst Oertel has had his horses in tremendous form over the past few weeks so Capital Attraction is one to keep an eye on while the veteran Barbecue Eddie can never be ruled out and is searching for his ninth victory on the track.
Complicate arrives from Australia having won five times there including a Listed handicap in October so a mark of 106 doesn't look harsh though along with stablemate Free Wheeling he isn't well drawn. Anaerobio ran well at last year's Carnival though he didn't show his best until landing a very strong handicap on his final start in February when ACROSS THE RHINE was around 4l behind but is now 7lb better off. The latter was behind the race-fit Nawwaar in a Listed contest at Abu Dhabi a month ago but was staying on at the finish and can reverse the form and take this. The Gold Cheongsam has his first start here but looks well enough treated and Jeremy Noseda will have him spot-on but the fly in the ointment could be Roi De Vitesse, who had some smart performers behind when landing a local Group race at Doha in February.