Meydan Preview - 2019 Dubai World Cup Night, Sheema Classic

 Mar 29 2019

Selection-Old Persian

The resurgence of the Godolphin brand over the last couple of years has continued during this years carnival, and even by their lofty standards they have had an incredibly successful carnival with that success likely to continue here with Old Persian.

This 4 year old from the Charlie Appleby yard has always been held in high regard and showed what he was capable of last year when winning the Great Voltigeur at York, with eventual Melbourne Cup and Doncaster St Leger winners Cross Counter and Kew Gardens in behind.

He was put away after travelling strongly but not seeing out the trip in the St Leger last September, before retuning on Super Saturday to win the Dubai City of Gold first up from the re-opposing Racing History, and although the margin may have been small (short head) it was a ‘big’ win none the less.

He tracked the leaders throughout and was tight for room and looked as if for all money he would be an unlucky loser after suffering significant traffic issues, but once William Buick was able to spot a bit of daylight, Old Persian demonstrated a change of gear you normally associate with proper Group 1 types, hitting the line with what looked to be plenty left in the locker.

He was a bit fresh in the paddock that night and he should strip fitter for his main assignment. Its worth noting the Charlie Appleby has targeted this race with him for some time now and you don’t need me to tell you how astute the yard have been when targeting races around the globe in the last eighteen months.

The dangers are likely to be Magic Wand and Rey De Oro, with the latter being the highest rated runner in the contest. However the Japanese raider failed in this race last year when joint favourite in behind Hawkbill. But no doubt he is better than that and he did win the Group 1 Tenno Sho (Autumn edition) last time out in which he had some smart types in behind.

Magic Wand is an interesting runner for Aiden O’Brien and Coolmore. In truth she is yet to prove herself at this level, having only won to Group 2 level in eleven career spins, and she has a bit to find on the ratings even with a fillies allowance factored in. But she ran well enough when second in the Pegasus Turf last time out and the connections always need to be respected.

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