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Dubai World Cup Carnival: Angus McNae gives you his top tips for week three

By Angus McNae
Wed 24 Jan 2018

Presenter Angus McNae has been in fine form with his selections at Meydan and has four more fancies for Thursday's meeting. Watch the action live on Racing UK.

By Angus McNae in Dubai

Week two of the Dubai World Cup Carnival brought with it a tremendous dual in the UAE 1000 Guineas Trial between Rayya and Winter Lightning, a worthy winner of the Dubawi Stakes in Comicas and a first winner of the Carnival for Mike De Kock courtesy of Light The Lights.

This week an eight-race card includes the Group 2 Cape Verdi and a fascinating UAE Guineas Trial.

3.40 Meydan: Claim The Roses

Salem Bin Ghadayer has his team in great form and there is plenty to like about this horse.

Formerly trained by Ed Vaughan in the UK, Claim The Roses looks to be a shrewd purchase as he has a dirt pedigree and indeed he has taken well to the surface in two starts in the UAE.

A very good second to Frankiefourfingers at Jebel Ali reads particularly well given that horse routed a decent field at Meydan two weeks ago.

Claim The roses then went on to finish third at Meydan where he probably went a shade too hard early on. I think he will be able to gain the lead despite being in stall 8 and he will be very hard to peg back.

His mark of 89 really underplays his potential on this surface and he looks to be one to have a strong interest in.

4.50 Meydan: Rehana

Promising Run will be popular here, but while her most recent run at Lingfield was perfectly respectable she strikes me as being better over farther.

Preference is for Rehana, trained by Mick Halford. She has had one run already at Meydan this year, finishing a good fourth to D’bai in a race that was won in a course record time.

Travelling strongly throughout she only gave way inside the final furlong on that occasion. She is sure to be better for that effort and although a mile is certainly the limit of her stamina she has every chance now of taking this feature.

5.25 Meydan: Moqarrab

Moqarrab can take the second division of the 2000 Guineas Trial.

He has a dirt pedigree, being by Speightstown out of a Silver Deputy mare, and he looks set to thrive on the surface.

Moqarrab has had two starts and showed improvement from his Newmarket debut to win at Wolverhampton at the second time of asking.

I liked the way he handled that surface and he won that contest with authority. He clearly possesses plenty of ability and potential and this surface looks made for him.

6.35 Meydan: Banksea

Banksea won the Spring Mile at Newbury last year and I think he could be better than his mark of 104.

He is having his first run for Charlie Appleby, having previously been trained by Luca Cumani last season.

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This race is not particularly strong in comparison to some that this horse ran well in last year in the UK and from a good draw in stall three he looks set to win again.

He is just the type of horse that can thrive on Dubai and I can see him being rated 110-plus by the end of the UAE season.

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