Meydan Preview - 2019 Dubai World Cup Night, Dubai Turf

 Mar 29 2019

Selection- Almond Eye

All eyes will be on the wonder filly from Japan, Almond Eye, who will be having her first trip away from home as she tackles international company for the first time. She has been simply brilliant in her home country, taking out the fillies Triple Crown before following in the footsteps of champion fillies Vodka and Gentildonna in winning the Japan Cup.
 

Much has been made of the fact that she holds the world record for 2400m (albeit they were running fast times on the day and they’re timed 20 yards after the start in Japan) set when winning the Japan Cup, and it was a terrific performance form a filly only having her seventh career run, and as worrying as the thought may be for her opposition, she’s open to further improvement.
 

She comes out well on top on the ratings, and it nearly seems unfair that she also has a 2kgs (4.5lbs) allowance. If after all of that you’re still not convinced, keep in mind Japan have won three of the last five renewals of the race and her trainer, Sakae Kunieda, is convinced that 9 furlongs is her ideal trip at this stage of her career.
 

She’ll be first up since her Japan Cup win last November, which has to be a consideration, but she has settled in well here in Dubai and with her connections being Japanese based you can be assured that they have targeted this race before a potential `European campaign.
 

Her most likely challenger will come from the Saeed Bin Suroor inmate Dream Castle who has won all three starts at the carnival, including the Group 1 Jebel Hatta last time out when he had three of these behind. However once you take into account the fillies allowance he is 5kgs (11lbs) on the wrong side of the ratings with the filly and will need to go to another level if she turns up at her best.
 

Vivlos deserves a mention as she did win this race two years ago and was placed behind Benbatl last year, but she is rated 5kgs (11lbs) inferior to Almond Eye with no upside and looks a minor place chance. Coolmore send over the filly I Can Fly, who did run second to Roaring Lion on Champions day at Ascot last year, but Roaring Lion struggled in the ground that day and the Aiden O’Brien filly would have to run a career best to get involved.



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