Top tips for Meydan on Saturday: Nick Lightfoot marks your card

By Nick Lightfoot@Nick__lightfoot
Sat 13 Feb 2021

I have had the privilege of being out at Meydan for the past few weeks and have hopefully found a few horses to keep on side for the rest of the UAE season and beyond.

The three below are in action at Meydan during their domestic card on Saturday. Don't forget to watch the action live on Racing TV.

1.30 Meydan: Endifaa at 11-4 with Paddy Power and Betfair

He has had only two starts so far; firstly when finding the searching pace set by subsequent UAE 2000 Guineas runner-up Meshakel all too much on debut, and ran a cracker in third behind the giant South-American horse, El Patriota, in the Al Bastakiya Trial.

He has achieved a rating of 92, and I believe the drop back to maiden company, and a slightly reduced trip, should see him run a big race under the in-form, plus hugely-talented, Adrie de Vries.

2.05 Meydan: Tiger Queen at a general 12-1

There are horses running in this turf maiden with better claims on form, and horses who are drawn more favourably, but I liked what I saw from Tiger Queen on her UAE debut two weeks ago.

She is yet to race on turf, and mixed it with fillies who had contested the UAE 1000 Guineas trial in a maiden at Meydan last time out.

However, she stayed on eye-catchingly at the finish, without ever getting competitive, and her pedigree suggests she is worth a go on the turf.

I really like the profile of No Limits as well in this contest, and will watch them both closely, with an eye to the future.

3.15 Meydan: Al Salt at 6-1 with Bet365

I was really taken with the UAE debut of Al Salt in January. Despite attracting money at big odds before the off, I am still not sure that a huge amount was expected from this four-year-old who was breaking from a wide draw, and running over a distance that was possibly too short for him.

Despite that, he still ran a huge race and his trainer, Erwan Charpy, had suggested that his first start at Meydan was a fact-finding mission, so I think they found a horse with a bright future in Dubai.

Al Salt has another tricky draw (15) to negotiate from here, and meets last-time-out victor Mystery Land once again, but goes up in trip to 1m1f and although winning from out wide might seem a stiff ask, he is a horse I want to keep on side for the future.

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