Horse Racing Tips: 6 top tips to do the trick at Meydan on Friday

Mark landed a double last Friday with Silent Speech and Naval Crown, while James' nap Island Falcon scored at 7/1.

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14:00 – Mutafawwig (Mark Milligan)

This is the sprint consolation over six-furlongs where the lightly raced MUTAFAWWIG is my selection for Saeed bin Suroor and Pat Cosgrave. We only saw him three times in his career, winning on his debut at Doncaster before returning after two-years to score at Kempton and then looking to bounce shortly afterwards at Chelmsford in September. He goes well fresh and with this race not looking the deepest, I think he’s got a very good chance to kick us off with a winner in the opener.


14:35 – Eastern World (Mark Milligan Nap) 

EASTERN WORLD has a nice pedigree for dirt and was picked up from Charlie Appleby’s stable before making his debut for new connections when second to Tuz in a Listed event here before Christmas. That was a good run before looking a little outclassed when finishing down the field in the opening round of the Al Maktoum Challenge two-weeks ago. In very similar fashion to the first race, this doesn’t look to deep and Eastern World should win now dropping into a conditions event.

15:10 – Kemari (Mark Milligan)

KEMARI should have the scope for further improvement and build more into himself as a four-year-old this year for trainer Charlie Appleby. He’s a big horse who won at Royal Ascot last summer before disappointing at York before subsequently running twice at Longchamp last October. I think he can build into his frame and develop further this year and should take this race before stepping up in trip at the backend of the Carnival.

16:20 – Star Safari (nap, James Shortt)

STAR SAFARI was an eye-catcher on his return to Meydan when finishing a staying on second to Dubai Future here two-weeks ago. The winner got first run-on Charlie Appleby’s runner, who came from out the back while needing to race wide with his challenge in the closing stages. He only raced three times on his return to Europe last year having previously finished sixth in the Sheema Classic. A combination of a drop back in trip and a good draw can see William Buick take this Listed prize.

Meydan Racing

16:55 – Imperial Empire (James Shortt)

Mubakker recorded a good time on the clock when winning on return over six-furlongs last month and is a serious contender for team Shadwell. Doug Watson won this race with Golden Goal last year and that horse recently won the opening round of the Al Maktoum Challenge were IMPERIAL EMPIRE finished down the field in sixth place. Bhupat Seemar and Tadhg O’Shea are enjoying a fine winter here and this horse should go close with both the drop in grade and trip looking major positives.

18:05 – Motafaawit (James Shortt)

MOTAFAAWIT was another recent eye-catcher for me here at the Carnival having finished third on his comeback run two-weeks ago. The Doug Watson trained runner made excellent headway in the closing two furlongs off a very strong pace, and he should reverse the form with fellow Shadwell owned runner Mutaraffa. The Charlie Appleby pair of Lazuli and Man Of Promise could need the blow-out and with the step up in trip looking ideal, I’m happy to stick with Dane O’Neill’s mount again in the finale.

Friday’s Meydan tips

14:00 – Mutafawwig
14:35 – Eastern World
15:10 – Kemari
16:20 – Star Safari
16:55 – Imperial Empire
18:05 – Motafaawit

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