Not great deal been happening so far this week ,though on Thursday we have the weeks first bet ,going concentrate on the days feature race at the Dubai carnival ,Al Maktoum challenge this looks cracking group 3 contest over nine furlongs featuring five grade one winners.
1 MILE 1F GROUP 3 MAKTOUM CHALLENGE MEYDAN
GITANO HERNANDO : High class performer with excellent record on AW surfaces winning 5 from 6 ,Won the grade one Goodwood stakes at Santa Anita in 2009 ,went off favourite for last years Dubai World cup finishing fair 6TH, though only beaten just over two lenghs ,finished the season with good 4TH in group one champion stakes at Newmarket.Looks sure go well back in group 3 company.
VERDICT : BOLD SILVANO is surprising favourite here ,though rated one best horses in South Africa last season, has plenty to prove having never ran on AW surface and drop in distance is also major concern, best form over 11 furlongs.Trainer Mike De Kock has also been struggling for winners at this years carnival.
AL SHEMALI looks big danger on last years form,ran some excellent races here last year at Meydan including winning group one Duty Free on turf and has proven form on the tapeta surface,though has to prove his fitness having not run for 9 months.
GITANO HERNANDO has rock solid form in grade one races and again has been trained for this years Dubai World cup in March currently 10-1 chance ,though he hasn't run since last October in Champion Stakes at Newmarket has always gone well fresh in past winning first time out in 2009 & 2010 ,looks decent value in grade three race at around 3-1 mark.
GITANO HERNANDO 6.10 MEYDAN
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