Been very quiet start to February, with very few suitable betting opportunities on All Weather.The small field sizes being the main problem, especially in non handicap races.
However on Thursday we have some top quality action at Meydan, featuring three good looking group three races. Going concentrate on the Firebreak stakes over 1 mile .
4.30 MEYDAN 1 MILE FIREBREAK STAKES GROUP THREE:
9 runners declared for 1 mile Firebreak Stakes on the tapeta at Meydan .This looks very interesting group three contest .The three main contenders look to be Mars , Variety Club & Fulbright .
MARS : Had some decent form for Aidan O' Brien last season including finishing sixth in both 2000 guineas and the Epsom Derby ,though probably ran his best race in 1 mile St James Palace stakes at Royal Ascot ,finishing third behind Dawn Approach .Has to be respected on first start for Mike De Kock.
VARIETY CLUB : Prolific winner in South Africa winning 14 from 19 starts ,including winning last 8 starts .Has also won four grade one races .Not easy to weigh up the South African form ,though has the highest official rating of 120 .
FULBRIGHT :Showed useful form for Mark Johnston winning 8 times, including winning the group two Dubai Challenge Stakes at Newmarket in 2012 ,has also shown some decent form at Meydan ,including finishing second in this race last year .
VERDICT : Variety Club could be anything having won four grade one races in South Africa,though has question marks having not ran since June .Also has to prove effective on the tapeta surface .Looks worth taking on at around 3-1 .
FULBRIGHT looks the percentage call here, having finished good second in this race last year .Won decent handicap over 7 furlongs last month at Meydan off mark 102 .Looked bit unlucky last time when finishing sixth in group two contest ,getting badly hampered at crucial stage .Odds around 7-1 look fair each-way value .
Of the others Mars would be big danger if he can reproduce last seasons group one form , though hasn't ran since July and will probably just need this race .
FULBRIGHT 4.30 MEYDAN
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(UNPLACED SP 6-1 LOSS £100.00)
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