Dubai Preview: Algiers can continue on winning trail
The Dubai Carnival of racing moves a little closer to World Cup night with four graded stakes races this Friday. We will focus on the night’s richest race, the Al Maktoum Challenge Rd 2 (G2), and offer spot plays on the other three.
Race 3, 10:10 a.m. ET: Al Shindagha Sprint (G3), dirt, 1,200 meters (about 6 furlongs)
A decent field of dirt sprinters faces the starter here. However, I’m going to stick with #8 Mubakker, a solid second to leading Dubai dirt sprinter Switzerland in the Dubawi (G3) Jan. 6. #3 Eastern World, #6 Isolate, and #7 Mouheeb are candidates for exotics.
- $10 win/$20 show: #8 Mubakker
- $2 exacta: key 8 with 3, 6, 7
🏆Dubawi Stakes (G3)— 𝙒𝙤𝙧𝙡𝙙𝙍𝙖𝙘𝙞𝙣𝙜 (@WorldRacing1) January 6, 2023
1200m, 150.000 USD, for 4yo+
(9G Speightstown - Czechers, by Indian Charlie)
T : B. Seemar
O :RRR Racing
B : Branch Family Trust
🥉 Mouheeb (Flatter) pic.twitter.com/yDTBMn4kds
Race 4, 10:45 a.m. ET: Cape Verdi (G2), turf, 1,600 meters (about one mile), fillies and mares
This sees the return to racing of Godolphin’s #12 With The Moonlight. After failing in the Epsom Oaks (G1), she jetted to North America and was runner-up in the Belmont Oaks (G1) before winning the Saratoga Oaks (G3). If she runs to her best form she should win.
There is a chance the mile could be too short for With The Moonlight; if so, #9 Soft Whisper can win again. But I’m going to go with the proven class.
- $10 win/$30 show: #12 With The Moonlight
Race 5, 11:20 a.m. ET: Al Maktoum Challenge Rd 2 (G2), dirt, 1,900 meters (about 1 3/16 miles)
Al Maktoum Challenge Rd 2 Selections
- #1 Algiers
- #7 Salute The Soldier
- #6 Remorse
Al Maktoum Challenge Rd 2 Wagers
- $10 win/$30 show: #1 Algiers
- $1 trifecta: 1 with 6, 7 with 2, 3, 6, 7, 9
#1 Algiers has continued to improve, especially since he was gelded last year. The recently-turned six-year-old put up a career-best performance in the Al Maktoum Challenge Rd 1 (G2) Jan. 6, strolling 6 1/2 lengths clear of a field that included last year’s Godolphin Mile (G2) runner-up #3 Desert Wisdom.
His main dangers are #7 Salute The Soldier, the winner of this race two years ago, and #6 Remorse, second in the Al Maktoum Challenge Rd 3 (G1) last year before finishing sixth in the Dubai World Cup (G1).
🏆Al Maktoum Challenge (Round 1) (G2)— 𝙒𝙤𝙧𝙡𝙙𝙍𝙖𝙘𝙞𝙣𝙜 (@WorldRacing1) January 6, 2023
1600m, 250.000 USD, for 3yo+
(6G Shamardal - Antara, by Platini)
T : S. &. E. Crisford
O :Hamdan Sultan Ali Alsabousi
B : @godolphin
🥈 Discovery Island (Dubawi)
🥉 Everfast (Take Charge Indy) pic.twitter.com/NnRCpjJgGz
Race 6, 11:55 a.m. ET: Singspiel Stakes (G2), turf, 1,800 meters (about 1 1/8 miles)
Godolphin trio #1 Valiant Prince, #4 Dubai Future, and #6 Ottoman Fleet – the first three in the Al Rashidiya (G2) Jan. 13 – meet again. Charlie Appleby’s number one rider William Buick is sticking with Ottoman Fleet ahead of Valiant Prince, who is conceding four pounds to both his rivals. Despite this, I think Valiant Prince can do it again.
The biggest challenge may come from #2 Alfareeq, last year’s Jebel Hatta (G1) winner, and the improving #8 Shelir, runner-up Jan. 20 to former 2000 Guineas (G1) runner-up Master of the Seas.
- $10 win/$30 show: #1 Valiant Prince
- $1 trifecta: 1, 6 with 1, 2, 6 with 1, 2, 4, 6, 8
🏆Al Rashidiya (G2)— 𝙒𝙤𝙧𝙡𝙙𝙍𝙖𝙘𝙞𝙣𝙜 (@WorldRacing1) January 13, 2023
1800m, 180.000 USD, for 3yo+
Valiant Prince (IRE)
(5G Dubawi - Chachameidee, by Footstepsinthesand)
J : @the_doyler
T :C. Appleby
O : @godolphin
🥈 Dubai Future (Dubawi)
🥉 Ottoman Fleet (Sea The Stars) pic.twitter.com/gcf3Dmp9mp