Don't duck Dux at Meydan
Man On The Spot previews all of the action from Meydan on the third Dubai World Cup Carnival Meeting.
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Mujaazef has run well here in the past but all six of his all-weather victories have come on Jebel Ali's Dirt track. Intransigent has won three times on Polytrack but has climbed the weights and may just need his first start on Tapeta. Merhee progressed from handicaps to land a pair of Group 2's in South Africa last year and has to be a threat to all despite a long absence. Jamesie has never won on the all-weather though he went close at Dundalk in October and had a run round here two weeks ago. Spirit Of Battle has run well here several times but has a long absence to overcome so this could rest between Masamah and RACY, who fought out a close finish in a tough Ascot handicap last summer with the latter's recent pipe-opener on the track possibly giving him the edge. Alraihjan has gained three easy victories in Saudi Arabia recently and Mikael Barzelona is an intriguing booking.
Topclas was a bit in and out here last year but his best form puts him right in the picture and his stable is going well. Jutland is well up to this at his best but Thecornishcockney has done his winning over much further. Restraint Of Trade looked very promising when completing a double in the autumn of 2012 and his stablemate Genius Beast won the 2011 Classic Trial at Sandown though hasn't been seen since the St Leger of that year. Godolphin's EXCELLENT RESULT won a lucrative heritage handicap at Ascot in September and may have found the trip too short on his only subsequent start at York. He's handed the vote though Kieren Fallon has ridden his stable companion Handsome Man to victory in the UK so his booking catches the eye.
Frankie Dettori has his first ride of this year's Carnival on board the Scandanavian-trained Silver Ocean, who had three unsuccessful runs here last year. Barbecue Eddie completed a brilliant four-timer with a Group 2 victory a year ago and has been competing at a much higher level than this subsequently, a remark that also applies to Capital Attraction, who won a similar race to this a year ago. The Germany-based Sommerabend won a Deauville Listed contest last month and has performed well at a high level while Marco Botti's Solar Deity has won six times on Polytrack and the Irish-trained Captain Joy four times on the same surface. Alexandra Palace has won at Listed level in South Africa but the race won by Fulbright here two weeks ago looks the best trial and BERTIEWHITTLE, who finished just in front of Mont Ras and Free Wheeling, is taken to confirm the form and land this for David Barron and Jamie Spencer.
Daddy Long Legs has never come anywhere near the form shown when landing the UAE Derby in 2012 though he has been racing in better class than this. He was a couple of lengths behind Plantagenet here in March and the latter would have a chance if repeating that sort of form. Layali Al Andalus was behind the pair of them on that occasion while Windhoek was beaten in a Beverley handicap in August and has never fulfilled the promise shown when he completed a hat-trick in his first three starts. Banoffee may be better over further but MANALAPAN ran two cracking races at Dundalk in October so in the hope he'll be suited by this surface is given the nod. Zip Top hasn't been seen since runner-up to Camelot in the 2011 Racing Post Trophy, which turned out to be a poor race.
Several of these ran well here a fortnight ago including two winners, Fulbright and Anaerobio. The former was brought with a smooth challenge on Tapeta to beat Modern History while the latter comfortably saw off today's rival Iguazu Falls, who has a good record around here. DUX SCHOLAR was tackling a trip too far on his return to this track two weeks ago and is better judged on his earlier efforts at around this distance. He's yet to score at Group level but this looks a good opportunity. Gale Force Ten is up to this grade at his best and though Heavy Metal, a dual Group 1 winner in South Africa, looks thrown in at the weights, the form of his Greyville victory in July has worked out very poorly. The lightly-raced and progressive Mshawish could prove best of the remainder.
Despite a defeat when fancied a fortnight ago, EL ESTRUENDOSO should recoup losses. Mike De Kock's charge was one of the main sufferers in a race won by Busker and run at a crawl. He was staying on when the event was all over and is a massive 13lb better off for a half-length defeat by Elleval here in February. The South African is also represented by Sanshaawes, who is a bit of an unknown but wasn't beaten far in the Cape Derby at Kenilworth last February and could be thrown in. Vasily is yet another from the yard and he was in fine form last summer for Robert Eddery. Gabrial made a very encouraging start behind Mushreq here, when Tarbawi and Do It All were behind, and should improve enough to get involved. Lack of a recent run shouldn't be a problem for Fantastic Moon, who won his first two races as a juvenile and subsequently competed at a much higher level than this.