Xpress Handicap 1m 2f

  • (3yo+, 1m 2f, 10 runners)
  • Winner 314,303 2nd 118,887 3rd 59,061 4th 27,032 5th 13,624 6th 8,131
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Sand
Weighed In:
  • Off time: 16:16:01
Full result
Result 16:15 Meydan
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 5 Windhoek 3/1j
2nd 10 Layali Al Andalus 10/1
3rd 3 Mutajare 16/1

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 (4) 6/0405-6
Blue, orange disc, blue, orange striped sleeves, blue, orange striped cap Daddy Long Legs (USA) 14
  • T:M F De Kock
  • J:C Soumillon
  • Form: 6/0405-6
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 9-6
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 132 9-6 M F De Kock C Soumillon 11/2
2 (2) 1632/
Blue Zip Top (IRE) 824
  • T:C Appleby
  • J:M Barzalona
  • Form: 1632/
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 9-4
  • OR:
  • Naps:
5 130 9-4 C Appleby M Barzalona 3/1j
3 (1) 92136-2
Blue, white epaulettes, blue sleeves, blue, white striped cap Mutajare (IRE) 13
  • T:A Al Raihe
  • J:P Hanagan
  • Form: 92136-2
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 9-3t
  • OR:
  • Naps:
6 129 9-3 t A Al Raihe P Hanagan 16/1
4 (5) 112722-
GREY, dark green spots on sleeves, grey cap, dark green star Manalapan (IRE) 97
  • T:P J Prendergast
  • J:T E Durcan
  • Form: 112722-
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 9-1
  • OR:
  • Naps:
4 127 9-1 P J Prendergast T E Durcan 8/1
5 (8) 568722-
Blue, White Cap Windhoek 145
  • T:Saeed bin Suroor
  • J:S De Sousa
  • Form: 568722-
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 8-10
  • OR:
  • Naps:
4 122 8-10 Saeed bin Suroor S De Sousa 3/1j
6 (7) 04740-0
Light blue, orange epaulettes, light blue sleeves, light blue cap Sweet Lightning 14
  • T:D O'Meara
  • J:J P Spencer
  • Form: 04740-0
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 8-8
  • OR:
  • Naps:
9 120 8-8 D O'Meara J P Spencer 25/1
7 (3) 175043-
Purple, purple, white diamonds sleeves, purple, white checked cap Banoffee (IRE) 57
  • T:H Morrison
  • J:K Fallon
  • Form: 175043-
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 8-7
  • OR:
  • Naps:
4 119 8-7 H Morrison K Fallon 7/1
8 (10) 960734-
Red, black and white hoop, red sleeves, white cap Plantagenet (SPA) 102
  • T:N Petersen
  • J:P A Graberg
  • Form: 960734-
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 8-6
  • OR:
  • Naps:
7 118 8-6 N Petersen P A Graberg 14/1
9 (6) 97822-7
maroon, white stripe, white sleeves, maroon cap, white hoops Izaaj (USA) 14
  • T:A Bin Harmash
  • J:T P O'Shea
  • Form: 97822-7
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 8-5
  • OR:
  • Naps:
7 117 8-5 A Bin Harmash T P O'Shea 20/1
10 (9) 1/6277-2
Maroon, white sash, white sleeves, maroon cap, white star Layali Al Andalus 14
  • T:S Seemar
  • J:R Mullen
  • Form: 1/6277-2
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 8-5
  • OR:
  • Naps:
7 117 8-5 S Seemar R Mullen 10/1

In depth

Verdict

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.

Formwatch

Daddy Long Legs (USA) 8-1 (9-0) 6th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Shuruq (8-9) at Meydan(UAE) 1m Group 2 sks (1).

Zip Top (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, went 2nd halfway, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 5, 2 1/4l behind Camelot (9-0) at Doncaster 1m 2yo Grp 1 (1) gd in Oct '11.

Manalapan (IRE) 6-1 (9-2) Soon chased leader in 2nd, ridden in close 2nd and strongly pressed winner from 2f out, stayed on well under pressure final furlong, not reach winner, 2nd of 9, hd behind Paene Magnus (9-7) at Dundalk 1m 3f 3yo Listed stks (1) pol in Oct.

Sweet Lightning 16-1 (9-4) last of 10, 10l behind Busker (8-10) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 1f hcp.

Banoffee (IRE) 11-4 (8-11) Tracked leaders in 3rd, led over 2f out, headed entering final furlong, no extra and lost 2nd place close home, 3rd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Aussie Reigns (9-0) at Kempton 1m 4f Listed stks (1) pol in Nov.

Izaaj (USA) 11-1 (9-2) 7th of 10, 6l behind Busker (8-10) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 1f hcp.

Windhoek Evensfav (9-7) Chased winner, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace and always held, 2nd of 5, 1 1/2l behind London Citizen (8-0) at Beverley 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf in Aug.

Layali Al Andalus 16-1 (8-5) 2nd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Busker (8-10) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 1f hcp.

Mutajare (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) 2nd of 8, nk behind Interpret (9-0) at Jebel Ali(UAE) 1m 2f 3yo Listed stks.

Plantagenet (SPA) (9-4) 4th of 7, 10l behind Funinthesand (9-4) at Taby(SWE) 1m 2f 3yo Listed stks (1) in Oct.