Horse Racing
Saudi Derby - Form Comments

23/02/2024 14:45

G3 – 1600m – Dirt


Oasis Boy

A high-class dirt performer in Argentina including a G2 winner over this trip. Should be sharper for his debut at Meydan last month but will need to be if he is to make a major impact.



Always prominent he then responded well to pressure to win over this distance in December. Not the most obvious winner, but he has improved since leaving the UK.



Gained three consecutive victories in Saudi Arabia last year, latterly courageously holding off a persistent rival in that 1400m event. But he faded in the closing stages over this trip last time, a concern.



Winner of four of five starts including three US Stakes races. The one-turn mile at King Abdulaziz racecourse is expected to play to his strengths.


Book ‘Em Danno

A cheaply-purchased US raider proving a real bargain and at his best when hunting down front-runners from off the pace. Gained his fourth win from five starts with a decisive victory at Tampa Bay Downs last month.


Forever Young

A potential star from Japan – unbeaten in three starts – all on dirt – and showing some electric acceleration in the latest for a 7l winning verdict in a local G1 at Kawasaki. A major player.



In great form over shorter trips in Saudi Arabia, latterly proving too strong for his rivals in a 1200m dash that was run at a furious pace. Proven over 1400m, but this 1600m is tricky against stronger rivals.



This grey colt has won two of his five starts including over course and distance. However, this big rise in class may prove beyond him.


Salam Alkhair

A solid second in a maiden here on his career debut, progressing from that to beat 10 rivals over this course and distance earlier this month.


Satono Phoenix

Has winning dirt form over 1400m in Japan and, though he looks to have a good attitude, some of these rivals look stronger based on achievements so far.


Saudi Neom

Has two wins from four runs so far, one of which was over this trip. Locally trained and a locally trained horse beat better fancied overseas raider in this last year.


Set Up

Some exciting turf winning form early in his career in Japan including a dominant display in a G3 over 1800m last September.