Meydan Preview - 2019 Dubai World Cup Night, Dubai Gold Cup

 Mar 29 2019

Selection- Cross Counter

The Dubai Gold Cup sees the much anticipated return of the Melbourne Cup winner Cross Counter, who will be trying to win over 3200m first up without a prep run, which is rarely a problem for the Godolphin runners. Connections toyed with the idea of going to the Sheema Classic before deciding on the Gold Cup, which would suggest they think the progressive 4 year old son of Teofilo is ready for the testing assignment.

He showed a bit of promise in Europe last year, but went to another level when stepped up to the 3200m for the first time in the Melbourne Cup. Although he carried no weight that day, he came from seemingly an impossible position at the top of the Flemington straight, rattling home to win running away, suggesting he would be the perfect Cup types in Europe this year.

He’s the top rated runner in the race and being a 4 year old he gets 2.5kgs (5.5lbs) from the older horses, needless to say if he’s fully would up for a first up tilt he should take all the beating here, especially given that this years race is a lessor contest than recent renewals.

Of the others Freddy Head brings across Call The Wind who is a lightly raced stayer from France. He won the Group 1 Prix Du Cadran last year, a race that three time Gold Cup winner Vazirabad won in 2017, and whilst he’s got some way to go to be compared with his fellow French stayer, he’s a horse very much on the up in astute hands.

Ispolini is another young up and coming stayer from the Charlie Appleby yard, and whilst this represents his biggest test to date, its difficult not to be impressed when watching a horse storm to victory in a Group 3 race by 10 lengths, which is exactly what he did last time out when he had the re-opposing Red Galileo back in second. However rider bookings would suggest he is the second string for the yard, but what a second string to have.

The value bet is Charlie Fellows 6yo Prince Of Arran who ran a belter of a race when third in the Melbourne Cup last year behind Cross Counter. They meet on the same terms here, but he’s likely to get firmer ground, which is exactly what he wants and whilst he doesn’t have the scope of the above mentioned, he does stay and is more than capable of hitting the frame at decent odds.

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