Horse Racing
Dubai Gold Cup - Form Comments

23/03/2023 15:47

G2 – 3200m – Turf


Al Nayyir

Coming from behind each time, he has won three Meydan handicaps. Then continued his improvement when third in a 2810m G3. Up in trip again.



A seven times Stakes winner, including at G1 level and also including a Royal Ascot G2 last year under a brilliant ride from this jockey.  In 31 career starts this is only the second time he has tackled this far.



Has only won at up to handicap level but has come close to a G3 win over a staying trip including when a gallant second in a valuable King Abdulaziz G3 handicap last month.


Get Shirty

A top UK handicapper, he has been in good shape on his last two starts notably when finishing strongly from a bad position to snatch third in a valuable G3 King Abdulaziz handicap.


Global Storm

Trying this trip for the first time, he is quite a complicated ride but did everything right when winning a G2 at Meydan this month. But stable jockey William Buick has deserted him for Siskany.


Passion And Glory

Was trying this trip for the only time when a strong finishing fifth – in a slowly run race – in this event last year. A 2400m winner in Bahrain on his latest start.



A powerful galloper who is proven at this trip. He won a G3 and then two G2’s consecutively last season and has chances here if at his best on this return to action.



The 2021 G1 German Derby winner, he raced too keenly on his 2023 return, at King Abdulaziz, and ran out of energy in the closing stages.



Has won 7 of his 16 starts, including here in February when he was the decisive winner of a G3. Needs cover in his races and if he gets that this longer trip should not be a problem.



The class horse in this, twice winning G1’s for stayers. Returning from a 618-day absence in a King Abdulaziz handicap he led for most of the trip under his big weight, before tiring.



A classy staying handicapper in the UK who also ran a fine third in an Ascot G2 in October. Should improve from a disappointing start to the year in a G3 at King Abdulaziz.


Al Qareem

Too keen and also travelled wide when behind some of these rivals in a G3 handicap at King Abdulaziz last month. The brave winner of a slow-ground Longchamp G2 last October.



Like others here, he steps up to this trip for the first time. Two good efforts at Meydan this year, latterly when a staying-on second in a G3 last month.


El Habeeb

A lightly-raced four-year-old who showed good improvement last year. Last seen when showing courage and talent to win a Listed event at Ascot in September.



Finished fourth but placed third and might well have finished second with a clear run in the G1 St Leger at Doncaster last September. A similar performance gives him chances here.



Very consistent and came close to winning a 3000m slow-ground G2 at Longchamp last October. Prepped for this when narrowly winning on the all-weather at Chantilly this month.