Success can be So Beautiful

  • Last Updated: January 31 2013, 11:37 GMT

Man On The Spot previews all of the action from the Dubai Carnival at Meydan.

Paul Hanagan: Rides So Beautiful

2.30 Dubal Billet Trophy Handicap (Turf)

Saeed Bin Suroor has made a flying start to the Carnival and is well represented here. Adroitly was Listed class in Australia though he generally races on ground with plenty of give. Royal Empire won twice on Polytrack in the UK and handled the Tapeta track here in great style when making a winning debut three weeks ago with Start Right, who came from a long way behind, just a couple of lengths away in third.

Neither will have a problem reverting to Turf and the latter can reverse the form on the revised terms. Alkimos introduced himself in Dubai with a very impressive victory over the track and trip and the assessor was equally impressed, raising him 8lb though that shouldn't prevent another big effort. Bank Of Burden, a regular winner at Group 3 level in Scandanavia, was well beaten in both starts here last year but arrives in outstanding form this time while the Germany-based Salon Soldier is a genuine Group 3 performer in his own country.

The consistent Tanfeeth is always worth a second look but it's MUSHREQ, who contested Group 1's in South Africa and really caught the eye behind Masteroftherolls here last time, who is handed the vote under Paul Hanagan.

15.05 Dubal Potlines Trophy Handicap (AWT)

Plantagenet, who is trained in Spain, needed a couple of runs to put him straight here last year before landing a minor handicap. Not A Given, three times a winner in the USA, made a promising start here when close up behind Capital Attraction though he was around 2l behind third-placed SANDAGIYR.

Saeed Bin Suroor's charge was in very good form here last year and won a Group 3 from that good yardstick Tamaathul and looks very well treated on that form.

Stablemate Kassiano ran a tremendous race on his Dubai debut behind Royal Empire and with that under his belt has to go close while Maritimer came here for the UAE Derby in March and is well-regarded in Canada. Banna Boirche didn't run particularly well here last year but appears to be in better form after a promising run behind Capital Attraction a fortnight ago.

15.40 Dubal Excellence Trophy Handicap (Turf)

Fityaan produced a real shock when landing a 50/1 victory here three weeks ago and there didn't appear to be much of a fluke about the success. Many of today's rivals were behind including runner-up Temple Meads and third-placed Bear Behind, who were both conceding weight to the winner.

Russian Soul, who has yet to race over the minimum trip, ran very well behind the in-form Tamaathul over 6f last time and should have enough pace to get involved but the real class-act here is SHEA SHEA and he's taken to make a winning debut away from South Africa. Eight times a winner, including twice at Group 1 level, he has to concede lumps of weight but looks an exciting Carnival prospect and the Mike De Kock bandwagon is just starting to roll.

16.15 Dubal Casthouse Trophy Handicap (AWT)

Rerouted is well drawn and isn't badly treated though this could just be on the short side for him nowadays. Lockwood made a smart debut on the track in a race that has worked out well though he has the worst of the draw so this can go to ARIETE ARROLLADOR.

The Spain-based six-year-old had some cracking form here last year and returned with a fine effort behind Lily's Angel three weeks ago. He looks well weighted on the balance of his form and can finally get his head in front on the track. Iver Bridge Lad wasn't far behind in that latter race and is much better drawn this time while one to keep an eye on for the future is Pied A Terre, a Group 2 winner in Australia having his first start in Dubai.

16.50 Al Rashidiya Sponsored By Dubal Stakes (Group 2) (Turf)

Godolphin's Sharestan won the trial for this in very impressive fashion and the former John Oxx-trained entire will attract strong support and will take some beating. However, the runner-up that day, SO BEAUTIFUL, is taken to reverse the form despite having 4l to make up.

Doug Watson's colt, a Group 3 winner at Longchamp in June, looked more in need of the run than the winner and came from a long way back in a slowly-run race so the expected fast gallop should suit him better and he looks the one to be on. Aesop's Fables won the Group 1 Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly for Andre Fabre and though that wasn't the best race of its kind ever run there should still be more to come from the lightly-raced Godolphin entry, who also have last year's runner-up City Style in the line-up.

Derbaas is a Group 2 winner on this track and can never be ruled out, especially as he arrives in good form having scored twice at Abu Dhabi recently, while The Apache has been racing in smart company in South Africa and is expected to do well at the Carnival. Albaasil is a classy performer at his best though he hasn't been seen since last March.

17.25 Dubal Trophy Handicap (AWT)

Saamidd won the Group 2 Champagne Stakes at Doncaster as a juvenile but has only had four races subsequently and hasn't been seen since disappointing at York in May. He's undoubtedly the class-act here but may find the race-fit KAVANAGH too good this time.

Mike De Kock's charge, a Group 2 winner in South Africa, showed good speed for a long way on his debut here last week and with that under his belt can make the expected progress and take this.

Time Prisoner ran three times at last year's Carnival, scoring on his debut and running well subsequently, so the lack of a recent run shouldn't be a problem and he should get into the mix. Tertio Bloom is another who performed with credit last year and will be better for his opening run behind Lily's Angel though like the returning Dux Scholar he could have done with a better draw.


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