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Dubai Carnival tips: Angus McNae's best bets for week three

By Angus McNae
Thu 27 Jan 2022

Our presenter and Meydan expert Angus McNae takes aim at week three of the Dubai World Cup Carnival. Enjoy extended preview, analysis and interviews for Friday's card via Racing TV Extra.

So far, not so good with selections at the Carnival - with some unfathomable results and a much better rail on the dirt track than could have been anticipated at this early stage.

We have five races on the turf and three on the dirt on an excellent eight-race card this week. I've got five selections for you.

3.10 Meydan: Dubai Future

He is a class above his rivals and provided he doesn’t bounce out of his impressive win here last time he will be hard to beat.

Dubai Future has abundant back-class including a fifth in the Dubai Sheema Classic last season behind Mishriff, while he was most impressive when winning here two weeks ago. He destroyed a useful field and showed a fine turn of foot to beat the useful Star Safari by 5¼ lengths and a repeat performance will see him win this easily.

Dubai Future has to give 3lb to his rivals here but looks to be in a class of his own. He can be another winner at this year's Carnival for the in-form Saeed bin Suroor.

3.45 Meydan: Shahama

Shahama is 12lb clear of her rivals on official ratings and should win - even if unable to grab the golden rail.

She has been impressive in winning both of her career starts at Meydan and she clearly hanadles the dirt surface well. A look at her pedigree highlights that she is bred to be a high-class dirt performer and she is a half-sister to the Preakness Stakes winner Lookin At Lucky.

This is a particularly weak renewal of the UAE 1000 Guineas and she should be hard to beat.

4.20 Meydan: Star Safari

Star Safari looked as if he retained all of his ability last time and he is well-drawn here over his preferred 10-furlong trip.

Star Safari finished a decent second a fortnight ago to Dubai Future, his first start for fourth months. He was caught too far back given how that race was run and it was quite eye-catching to see the way he ran on strongly in the closing stages without being given a hard time.

Star Safari has won three of his six starts at Meydan and can give Charlie Appleby another winner Carnival success.

4.55 Meydan: Desert Safari

Desert Safari was more than useful for Mark Johnston last season and he is a very interesting recruit for Salem Bin Gahdayer.

Desert Safari is unproven on dirt, but he has loads of early pace and Mickael Barzalona is a master on this dirt track.

It is entirely possible that Desert Safari will be sent to the front from a good draw in stall 2 and make all the running. He will need to hold the rail and keep the speedy Bochart outside him - if he does that he will be hard to catch out on front.

5.30 Meydan: Real World

I have always been a huge fan of Real World, who posted a huge speed figure when winning at Royal Ascot last June. He has to concede weight all round in this Group Two contest but he is better than all of his rivals.

Real World enjoyed a very good season last year, which included a defeat of Lord Glitters in the Strensall Stakes at York and a facile win in the Royal Hunt Cup.

Real World has an inside draw in stall 1 and, with the rail out 12 metres on the turf, that is an advantage over those drawn wide.

Real World towers over these in terms of class and can complete a good day for trainer Saeed Bin Suroor.

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