Racing tips for week two of the Dubai World Cup Carnival from Angus McNae

By Angus McNae
Wed 27 Jan 2021

Our Meydan maestro, Angus McNae, marks your card for the action on Thursday, which you can watch live on Racing TV!

Equilateral was a 3-1 winner in this column last week on a Meydan card that threw up two legitimate World Cup night contenders. Golden Goal lowered the seven-furlong track record on the dirt and is now in the frame for the Godolphin Mile, while Military Law took Round 1 of the Al Maktoum Challenge on the dirt throwing his hat into the ring for the Dubai World Cup itself.

The fillies take centre stage today with the UAE 1000 Guineas on the dirt and the Cape Verdi on the turf being the feature events.

I've got four selections on the card.

3.40 Meydan: Star Safari

A thoroughly competitive Listed contest can go to the lightly raced Star Safari. He has won two of his four starts to date and is open to plenty of improvement.

When last seen, he won a handicap here off a mark of 94 beating the useful and bang in-form Franz Kafka. He gave the distinct impression that he was still green when winning there, running around and hanging under pressure, but still having enough talent to win.

He has been raised 5lb for that which should not be enough to stop him. He represents the magical Meydan duo of Charlie Appleby and William Buick and is well drawn in stall two. He looks set to go close.

4.15 Meydan: Summer Romance

Godolphin have scooped eight of the last 10 runnings of this Group Two contest and I think in Stunning Beauty and Summer Romance they have the main protagonists once again. I am with Summer Romance for Charlie Appleby, despite the fact that Stunning Beauty looks to be a filly of considerable potential being unbeaten in her only two starts.

Summer Romance won the Listed Princess Elizabeth Stakes at Epsom last summer and she is replete with back-class having been a very useful two year old - indeed, she can boast a win in the Empress Stakes in a very fast time. She is already a more than decent filly who sets the standard, and she can take advantage of a good draw in stall one and give Godolphin yet another win in this contest.

4.50 Meydan: Super Chianti

I think there are three players here in Mnasek, Soft Whisper and Super Chianti. All three won last time out.

Mnasek was hugely impressive here on debut having missed the break, routing her rivals. Soft Whisper won the trial for this and will be suited by stepping back up in trip.

But Super Chianti is the one for me though. Her debut win was achieved whilst idling and, although not as impressive as Mnasek, it is interesting that Pat Dobbs sticks with her. Mnasek will struggle up in grade if blowing the break again from stall one and Soft Whisper is not really bred for the dirt - despite winning a weak trial, she may be better on turf. On balance, Super Chianti is the value play.

5.25 Meydan: Key Victory

This horse won at Meydan last season on the back of a five-month break and comes here once again after a similar absence.

He only has to race here off a 2lbs higher mark and his last run at Haydock is a throw-out effort given that he was held up in a race that was run at a crawl.

He does give his best when he gets a good gallop to go at and is usually held up. He is reasonably well-drawn in stall seven to be tucked in and then produced late in the straight at a track that clearly suits him. He can conclude a very good day for the Godolphin blue.

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