Rerouted the way to go
Man On The Spot previews Thursday's meeting at Meydan.
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14:45 : Range Rover Evoque Trophy Handicap (AWT)
With three of the seven entries, Saeed Bin Suroor has a stranglehold on this and Royal Empire and KASSIANO, who fought out the finish of a similar race last month, are likely to be at the forefront again. The former had the edge that day by just over a length but it's the latter, 5lb better off despite having won subsequently, who is handed the vote this time. Modun, who completes the Godolphin trio, finished runner-up in a Kempton Listed race in November but may just need his first experience of Tapeta. Jardim is slowly getting his act together and was conceding 6lb to Jamr when a close fourth in a similar event a year ago but the winner has been competing at a very high level and, with four victories on the track to his credit, looks the main threat to the Godolphin battalions.
15:20 : Jaguar XF Trophy Handicap (Turf)
REROUTED was having just his second run for almost a year when scoring over 7f on Tapeta two weeks ago and is probably better over today's track and trip. The handicapper hasn't been harsh with a 3lb rise and he can go in again. Mike De Kock also runs Anaerobio, runner-up in this last year but not in that kind of form at present, and Final Button, who has steadily improved and looks on a fair mark. This will be Mikhail Glinka's fourth Carnival and he was good enough to land a very strong Group 2 here last March though may just need today's run. Masteroftherolls had Burano just behind when scoring over the C&D three weeks ago and the pair have to be respected. Quick Wit will be better for a recent run and scored here just over a year ago while Mustaheel has missed the kick on both starts here this year and has some strong form in France to his credit.
15:55 : UAE 2000 Guineas Sponsored By Al Tayer Motors (Group 3) (AWT)
SOFT FALLING RAIN was carrying a Group 1 penalty when easily landing the trial over 7f and will be difficult to beat. His SP will no doubt reflect that however, and though he won with plenty in hand the runner-up has let the form down subsequently. Those who ran behind him don't appear to have much of a chance of reversing the form but Glass Office is much better than he showed and can get closer. He didn't get the clearest of runs and with that under his belt Dave Simcock's triple Polytrack winner looks a big threat. Tom Dascombe's Deauville Prince, who won a Listed contest at Ripon in August, has a bit to find but could earn some lucrative place money while Fortify, who has been competing in Grade 1 company in the USA, is a bit of an unknown quantity for Godolphin.
16:30 : Firebreak Stakes Sponsored By Range Rover (Group 3) (AWT)
BARBECUE EDDIE has been a favourite of ours for a long time and has continued to defy Father Time with four victories here since last March, including his best effort so far when beating Out Of Bounds and Fulbright in a Grade 2 last month. He had earlier beaten Jebel Ali specialist Treble Jig by over three lengths and should again take care of that one and complete a five-timer. Daddy Long Legs makes his debut for Mike De Kock but was in poor form when last seen in late summer while the former French-trained Moonwalk In Paris has an absence to overcome, though he has a good record on artificial surfaces. Capital Attraction had subsequent winner Elderly Paradise in the runners-up spot last month and though put in his place by Treble Jig and Haatheq later that was at Jebel Ali. Derbaas has an outside chance as he was in cracking form over this track and trip a year ago and wasn't suited by an extra furlong on Turf a fortnight ago.
17:05 : Al Shindagha Sprint Sponsored By Jaguar XJ (Group 3) (AWT)
Krypton Factor was one of the stars of last year's Carnival winning four times under Kieren Fallon including the Group 1 Golden Shaheen, his target again this season. He hasn't been seen since finishing a close sixth to Black Caviar in the Diamond Jubilee at Ascot in June and though he's the stand-out performer on this surface he could just need the run. MENTAL is yet another brilliant Australian sprinter who was last seen winning a Grade 1 at Flemington in November. That could just give him the edge and he's handed the vote. Tamaathul has been showing fine form on Turf though these speed merchants may have just too much pace for him and though Ganas has been in cracking form he couldn't quite handle the step up in grade last time and these are even classier rivals. Hitchens held a verdict over Krypton Factor last year and though he was behind him later his overall form puts him in the picture and he'll be much better for his recent run.
17:40 : Range Rover Sport Trophy Handicap (Turf)
Jutland has been in excellent form but mostly on the Dirt surface at Jebel Ali. ANATOLIAN was making his debut in Dubai when just holding off Ahzeemah over the track and trip last month. He should make further progress and complete the double. Adroitly, another Godolphin import from Australia who has won numerous races including at Listed level, is an interesting entry and one to note for the future. Fattsota was in fine form last summer winning a tough Ascot handicap in October and should be forgiven his latest run on very heavy ground at Newbury later that month. The Germany-trained Silvaner had some strong form at Group level in his native country and this is his first ever start in a handicap and his stablemate Lindenthaler showed plenty of dash on his debut at this track last month.