Meydan Preview - 2019 Dubai World Cup Night,Al Quoz

 Mar 29 2019

Selections- Brave Smash (EW) Wishful Thinker (EW)

Blue Point will be a warm favourite, and last years King Stand winner should take plenty of beating. He was scratched at the barriers when favourite in this last year after hitting his head in the stalls, and will be looking to make amends this time around.

Connections have said he is a more complete article as a 5 year old, and to be fair he has looked more straight forward this campaign. But at the prices in a race that has produced Group 1 winners from across the globe, Id prefer to look for a bit of value, thus I’m going to throw up two against the field at big odds.

Brave Smash is an Australian sprinter, and it’s worth noting the Australians have won this twice with Ortensia and Buffering from only a handful of challengers. Whilst he doesn’t win out of turn, he’s an honest type who is very capable at this level when he gets the right race set up. He runs his best races when he’s held up for a late run, thus he needs plenty of speed to aim at and he should get here.

He has shown by being placed in the last two Newmarket Handicaps at Flemington that he enjoys a straight course and with Meydan being a big roomy track, there are very few hard luck stories on the straight course, even for those that like to close late.

Wishful Thinker arrives from Hong Kong on the back of two handicap victories at his last two starts. Granted that handicap form isn’t usually what you look for when breaking down a Group 1 race, but in Hong Kong many of the top horses contest handicaps, with the worlds leading miler Beauty Generation (Winx aside) winning one at the start of his current campaign.

I latched onto this horse last year when he handed out future Group 2 winner Hot King Prawns first defeat in Hong Kong, and that was after running into traffic problems. He’s an out and out closer who can rattle off some big numbers late, thus like Brave Smash the likely pace of the race and the straight course will be ideal for his style of racing.

He was formerly trained in Australia (known as Katsuro) by Mick Price, but this will be his first time away from Hong Kong, and whilst there can never be any guarantees they will run to form when they first travel, if he does I believe he can be hugely competitive here at double figure odds.



Shane McNally

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