On Thursday we are off to Dubai, for the first bet at Dubai Carnival meeting ,with interesting looking 10 furlong handicap on the turf at Meydan .
5.20 MEYDAN 1M 2F DISTRICT ONE TROPHY H'CAP
10 Runners declared for decent quality 1M 2F( 100-113) handicap .The four main contenders are Sanshaawes ,Elleval , Thair & Elhaame .
SANSHAAWES : Had some useful form at Meydan in 2014 ,including winning two handicaps and finishing 2ND in group one company . No real show in 2015 at Meydan ,though was contesting some quality group races .Returned to form last time finishing 3RD over C&D in Handicap company .
ELLEVAL : Consistent sort ,including winning twice at Meydan .Not the best strike rate on the turf (1 out 28) ,though has been placed 9 times .Finished creditable 2ND over C&D last time in handicap company .Should be thereabouts off 1LB higher mark .
THAIR : Decent strike rate winning 7 out 26 ,including winning two handicaps at Meydan .Won three times in 2015 ,including two listed races .Not badly treated off mark 106 ,though no real record going well fresh .
ELHAAME : Progressive sort Winning 6 out 21 ,including winning three times in 2015 .Won decent 10F handicap at York in August off mark 101 .Also finished creditable 4TH at Flemington in Australia in G3 handicap in October .
VERDICT: Elhaame will be popular here for Godolphin returning to his best trip ,having shown progressive form last season .However odds around 9-4, look short enough from wide draw ,on his first start in 2016 .
At the prices SANSHAAWES looks decent each-way value at 6-1 .Made encouraging return last time over C&D two weeks ago .Has previously shown some useful form at Meydan in better races ,including finishing second in Group one company .
SANSHAAWES 5.20 MEYDAN
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