On Thursday we are back in Dubai, for quality looking 9.5 furlong G2 contest on the dirt at Meydan .
9 runners declared for group 2 Al Maktoum challenge at Meydan .Interesting contest with the American World cup contender Frosted making his Meydan Debut .The three main contenders are Frosted ,Special Fighter & Layl .
4.45 1M 1.5F MEYDAN AL MAKTOUM CHALLENGE ROUND 2
FROSTED : Useful 4-Y-O American colt ,winning 3 out 13 in U.S.A ,including winning G1 Wood Memorial Stakes at Aqueduct in 2015 ,also finished creditable 4TH in Kentucky Derby ,behind the useful American Pharoah . Obvious claims if fully wound up ,on first start since October .
SPECIAL FIGHTER : Progressive 5-Y-0 ,winning 5 out 15 ,including bolting up over C&D in handicap company last time ,off mark 107 . Also won 10F Listed race at Meydan in December .Lightly raced on the dirt ,winning 2 out 4, looks open to plenty improvement over this trip .Solid each-way claims .
LAYL : Consistent sort ,winning 3 out 14 ,including finishing excellent 2ND last time in 1 mile G2 Al Maktoum round one challenge .Will be suited returning to this longer trip .Should be thereabouts .
VERDICT : Frosted is clearly the one to beat on the pick of his American form ,and is leading fancy for Dubai World Cup in March ,though odds around 4-6 ,look very short for horse having his first run at the track .
At the prices SPECIAL FIGHTER looks the each-way value ,has shown some useful form on the dirt ,including bolting up in listed company in December .Looks open to plenty more improvement on the dirt ,after just 4 starts .Odds around 10-1 look excellent each-way value .
SPECIAL FIGHTER 4.45 MEYDAN
£50 EACH-WAY @ 10-1 BET365*
(UNPLACED SP 5-1 LOSS £100.00)