Meydan Preview - 2019 Dubai World Cup Night, Golden Shaheen

 Mar 29 2019

Selection- Roy H

We might as well crank up The Stars Spangled Banner now as the Americans are here in force once again for the Golden Shaheen and the only real question is which one of their super star sprinters will take home the major prize.

Roy H, who was third in this last year, is the form horse having won the last two Breeders Cup Sprints and appeared better than ever when he won his prep race for this at Santa Anita in January.

He went off a red hot odds on favourite in this last year but there were excuses for the defeat as he was slow to break from the gates and got back further than he normally would, which is far from ideal on the dirt here at Meydan. He only finished half a length behind X Y Jet and he should be able to reverse that result this time around.

X Y Jet has been runner up in this the last two years and this popular front running 7 year old is more than likely going to give backers a great run for their money once again. It’s no surprise he runs well here, as it’s a track that suits natural front-runners, and he arrives here on the back of an 8L winning romp at Gulfstream albeit against inferior opposition.

Imperial Hint is the other one of the ‘big three’ from the States and would be a huge player if able to replicate the form he was in last year when winning two Grade 1’s in America. However he disappointed as favourite when 5 lengths behind Roy H in the Breeders Sprint and then was surprisingly beaten in his prep run at Tampa Bay last month when at prohibitive odds. Based on his last two spins and this being his first overseas trip, he looks the least likely of the three.



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