Horse Racing tips: Our best bets at Meydan on Friday

PPTV's James Shortt and Mark Milligan of Timeform have studied the card.

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14:35 – Bet Law and Taking Names

Mark Milligan

This is an interesting race, a new race over 6-furlongs for three-year-olds on dirt and they’ve never really had a program for younger sprinters, but this is just a one off. If these young sprinters want to carry on, they’ve got to switch to turf, but nevertheless we’ve got an interesting race in store. BET LAW is a nice horse from Uruguay who has speed to burn and has been winning impressively at Maronas.

It’s difficult for us to equate that form but I would say he’s probably a Group 3 horse at home, which makes him about listed class when it comes to mixing it here in Dubai. This is only a conditions race and perhaps he won’t need to be much better than listed class to win. It’s also worth noting that his trainer Cintra Pereira has already had a winner in one of the pre carnival races and they also had a winner at last year’s carnival, so he knows what it takes to win in Meydan.

James Shortt

Summer Is Tomorrow represents Bhupat Seemar and Tadhg O’Shea who’ve been in excellent form ahead of the Dubai Racing Carnival. The son of Summer Front meets Taking Names again having been well beaten by Doug Watson’s runner in November. He was turned over again in early December but got his head in front when dominating from the front over course and distance just before Christmas.

The drop back to six-furlongs is a positive for TAKING NAMES with Andrea Atzeni now in the saddle following a disappointing run here in mid-December. I think a combination of this trip and his good inside draw can see him get back to winning ways once sitting off the expected strong pace. Mr Kafoo was behind them in November while Nomasee, also racing for Sultan Ali races in Dubai for the first time, while Bet Law is a very intriguing contender from Uruguay.

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15:10 – Wirko

Marl Milligan

Horses between 90 and 112 can get into this race, but the conditions are such that it suits the better rated horses, because they do not have to give away as much weight as they would in a handicap. Although there’s plenty of runners, there’s only about five or six that can be given a genuine chance. I like WIRKO because he’s just a lot less exposed than fellow Godolphin rivals Passion And Glory and Star Safari.

He won the Derby Trial at Epsom and then went to Chester and wasn’t beaten far behind Youth Spirit, who went on to run in the Derby before also running well at York and Doncaster later in the season. Something probably went wrong after Chester, but he returns now for Charlie Appleby who does so well at the carnival. The son of Kingman was perhaps a little problematic last season, but he’s got plenty of untapped potential to improve and can start the year by winning this race.

James Shortt

The boys in blue have five declared runners in this 1m 4f listed event with three trained by Saeed bin Suroor and two from Charlie Appleby. Both trainers have previously won this race and it might be best to side with WIRKO for Appleby with Wiliam Buick in the saddle. The son of Kingman has not raced since finishing behind Youth Spirit in the Chester Vase last May but can make a difference this year.

The four-year-old won the Epsom Derby Trial last April and should appreciate this trip getting weight from his older and somewhat exposed main rivals. Passion And Glory was behind Star Safari here last February and it will be an interesting match-bet between the two with Frankie Dettori and James Doyle taking the rides. However, Wirko looks the type to be improve over the Carnival for the Appleby team and should be ready to strike having been gelded last summer.

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16:20 – Kafoo and Salute The Soldier

Mark Milligan

I like KAFOO with William Buick in the saddle despite Tadhg O’Shea sticking with top rated Secret Ambition. Kafoo won a small race on debut before a battling performance to remain unbeaten before Christmas against Prince Eiji with both pulling well clear of the third horse on that occasion. The other thing I like about Kafoo is that he’s by Curlin who is one of the world’s elite dirt sires. He’s bred to be an absolute superstar and I think he’s got tons of talent and will come from a little way off the pace and will probably be an each way price as well.

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James Shortt

This looks a classy contest with the likes of Secret Ambition and Salute The Solider returning after excellent carnival seasons in 2021. Kafoo is the new kid on the scene after back-to-back wins here in the last few months with William Buick now in the saddle. Tadhg O’Shea has kept faith with top rated Secret Ambition following success in the Godolphin Mile last March with Bhupat Seemar having a strong hand.

There will be a strong gallop with Capezzano just one of several forward running horses in the field. Kafoo is fit from his two victories here last year and will appreciate the strong pace and looks an unexposed improver for the Seemar team. However, I’m siding with SALUTE THE SOLDIER who has previously raced off the pace for connections and is a Group 1 winner here in Dubai. Adrie de Vries should get the perfect position from stall four and use his stamina to challenge at the business end – he looks a solid each-way player in what looks a cracker.

Meydan betting tips:

14:35 – Bet Law and Taking Names
15:10 – Wirko
16:20 – Kafoo and Salute The Soldier

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