Best bets for the horseracing at Meydan Friday 9th February 2024 - The Dubai Carnival

First off I have to say Oisin Murphy take a bow as it was some ride to get McLean House up at Lingfield Park; my only tip of the week so far, I hope you were on overnight at the 15-2. 

On to Friday and my concentration is on warmer and drier climes, it's been tipping down at Triple G Towers, and the Dubai Carnival at Meydan. It's not one of the more glamourous meetings this week out in Dubai but there are still bets to be had and I have done okay at Meydan the last couple of Fridays. 

Best bet for the horseracing at Meydan 

Paddy Power are the standout 11-4 about Argentinian winner Auto Bahn (9-4 generally) in the 7f We One Stakes on the Dirt track at 2.40 and I have snaffled a bit of that overnight. He won an eleven-runner maiden at Palermo just over a year ago before being brought to Dubai by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum and the form of the race looks solid enough with the second subsequently winning an Argentinian G.1.  Mickael Barzalona in the saddle is an eye-catching booking and despite having to concede weight to his rivals looks a decent punt to me. Michael Bell inmate Destructive with Saffie Osbourne in the saddle can grab some prize-money off the back of a fair run here recently over 1m1f.  

The 6f Dubai Trophy Stakes on the Turf at 4.25 is an intriguing race. Having found Charlie Appleby trained Star Of Mystery too good in the Al Wasl Stakes last month (the filly won the G.2  Blue Point Sprint next time out) Starlust has to be shortlisted. Third behins Big Evs in the G.1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint last back end he has the best from in the book. Great Truth was fourth in the  Al Wasl Stakes not getting the clearest of runs and could give Starlust something to think about. 
Trainer Charlie Appleby said this week “Great Truth has definitely come forward since his run in the Al Wasl Stakes and we are applying a tongue-tie this time. His work has been good and, if he translates his improvement at home to the track, he should be very competitive.” A higher draw is often an advantage here and they are drawn 2 and 1 so that muddies the water a little. Seven Questions was third in the Al Wasl Stakes and went well for a long way in the race from a low draw. He perhaps found things happening a bit too quickly in the 5f G.2 Blue Point Sprint last time but 12-1 looks big to me all things considered for this. The gelding was only a head behind Starlust in the G.3 Sirenia Stakes last year and also placed-up in the G.2 Mill Reef Stakes and G.2  Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte last back end. Drawn in ten he should be able lead from his high draw which is where he likes to be over his favourite distance. A repeat of his effort in the Al Wasl would surely see him in the frame. I am on each-way

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