Horse Racing
Dubai Turf - Form Comments

25/03/2021 15:14

G1 – 1800m – Turf

1 Al Suhail Made a very encouraging start at Meydan, coming through to lead but just mown down late on in a G1 this month, still a close third. Very talented even if his attitude has been questioned.
2 Court House A front-runner, almost holding on for a G2 win here in February, but finding G1 company just too strong last time. With some who finished in front of him in opposition here, he may find this hard.
3 Epic Hero Won a 1600m handicap when visiting Meydan last year, and not beaten far when sixth in a G2 here on his return. Should be sharper for that but will need to be in this hot company.
4 Eqtiraan Has been busy with five UAE runs this year, easily the best being last time when he came close to a shock G1 win, only finding the late surge of the brilliant Lord Glitters proving too strong.
5 Felix Running consistently well against some strong opposition in all-weather races in the UK this year. Effective on grass also, but he is in the deep end here and a win would surprise.
6 First Contact At long odds for a G1 over this course and distance on ‘Super Saturday’ but not good enough to offer a serious threat to plenty of rivals that he must encounter again here.
7 Glen Force Formerly trained in the UK, he has built up a big reputation in Bahrain this year winning his last three starts – all turf conditions’ events over further than this. Clearly thriving but this is harder.
8 Land Of Legends Has pace in his pedigree and will need to prove himself over this unfamiliar trip. He did prove too strong for nine rivals in a 1400m G2 here in January.
9 Lord Glitters Now eight, but this brilliant grey gelding looks as good as ever, and has really thrived at Meydan. Has won a G2 and G1 here this year, latterly when – despite not having an ideal trip – surged past some of these rivals.
10 Lord North A class act who had some of Europe’s best middle-distance horses toiling behind him in a 2020 Royal Ascot G1. Meydan debut, whilst a strong pace would help over a trip maybe just short of ideal.
11 Regal Reality Having his first start outside the UK and yet to win from four previous G1 attempts. Nonetheless he is classy and finished strongly when second in a Newmarket G2 when last seen.
12 Vin de Garde Won a G2 over 1600m in Tokyo last October, but just lacked a finishing kick in a well-contested G3 there last time. Deserves respect with Japan taking four of the last six runnings of this.
13 Zainhom Close to the speed before weakening when 2.25l sixth to Lord Glitters in a course and distance G1 this month. Has improved race by race at Meydan this year, but more progress required here.