Dubai Carnival Tips, Predictions and Preview

  • Guide to this week's Dubai Carnival racing action from Meydan
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A host of equine stars from around the world have headed to the Middle East for 12 weeks of superb racing at the Dubai Carnival at Meydan.

Our sister site has a handle on all the horses we should be backing at Meydan and their International Expert Laura King previews all the big-race action.

It’s Super Saturday at Meydan on March 7 with six Group races, including two Group 1 contests, to get our teeth into.

With around £2 million of prize-money to compete for, a host of top horses are preparing to strut their stuff in the desert and here’s the horses Laura King thinks you should be backing.

Meydan Tips March 7

Al Bastikiya (11.00pm AEST)
The first race on the glittering Meydan card is confined to three-year-olds and the favourite Ya Hayati is trained by Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Charlie Appleby. Ya Hayati has looked quirky during his two recent wins so it’s worth taking a chance on a real outsider in the shape of TUZ. His form is difficult to weigh up as he’s previously raced only in Russia, but he lowered track records in his native country and has reportedly been working the house down ahead of his first run in Meydan. He’s going to be a huge price so it could well be worth throwing a few dollars on him each-way.


Jebel Hatta (1.20am AEST)
A whole host of Godolphin runners are entered here and Barney Roy will be the favourite after winning a Group 2 at the course last month. It’s worth taking him on, though, with his stablemate MAGIC LILLY. She’s been in fantastic form in the last couple of months and, while this race will be tougher, she receives weight from the boys and when fillies get into a winning vein, they can prove extremely hard to topple.

Magic Lilly Bet now!

Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 (1.55am AEST)
This is the feature race of the meeting but it doesn’t look as strong as usual after the newly inaugurated Saudi Cup, one of the world’s richest races, lured some of the main protagonists away for an even bigger payday. However, that means the race should be easy pickings for MILITARY LAW, who proved he belongs at this level with a decent effort last time. He’s also a winner over course and distance, so we know he acts well on the track, he’s still improving and should come through comfortably. He could be chased home at a big price by Saltarin Dubai who is working better than ever and should be backed each-way.

Military Law Bet now!

Dubai City of Gold (2.30am AEST)
This Group 2 race is often used as a prep for the Sheema Classic, one of the richest races on the Dubai World Cup card later this month. DEFOE should be far too strong for his rivals here as he makes his debut in Meydan. Trainer Roger Varian has been extremely happy with how his stable star has settled in to his new surroundings and this multiple Group winner should have far too much class.


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