The richest horse race in the world takes place on Saturday evening and the Bet Enthusiast service thinks one of the market leaders has the best form and profile for the Dubai World Cup. There is been a massive amount of investment in bloodstock by Sheik Mohammed through his Godolphin stables and the outfit be will hoping Monterosso can win the race for the second year in succession.
The Lincoln Handicap that was cancelled due to the cold weather last weekend will also be run on Saturday but many of the better jockeys will be in Dubai so there will be opportunities for some of the lesser lights of the weighing room at Doncaster. The Grand National takes place next weekend. The Bet Enthusiast service is in a strong trading position with regards Imperial Commander, advised twice at 33/1 but now on offer at a best price of 20/1.
The British turf flat season begins with the Lincoln meeting at Doncaster. Even without this year’s abandonment of the race the start to the new season is fragmented with no more racing on grass until a low grade meeting at Musselborough this Saturday when the Dubai meeting will take up most of the media space.
It would be far better to start the turf season in the week after the National to get more focus from newspapers that now seem to be cutting down on space dedicated to racing. The big race at Aintree will always dominate the racing news agenda which means the Lincoln will not get the publicity, the sponsorship and standing of the race warrants.
Imperial Commander now looks an almost certain runner in the Grand National. However, connections have issued the proviso that the horse will not run if the ground is heavy. Anyone considering backing Imperial Commander should use bookmakers that now offer non runner/no bet on the race just in case the owners feel the ground at Aintree will not be suitable.
The favourite for the Dubai World Cup is Hunter’s Lodge and on balance this horse does have the best form and will be suited by the artificial surface at the Meydan course in Dubai. The horse has been given a decent draw for the race, while the next horse in the betting, Animal Kingdom, will be racing from the outside of the track.
However, Hunters Lodge will break from a stall that has not produced a winner of the race but the trainer feels he would prefer to start from stall four rather than the outside. Trainers are allowed to select the starting positions for their horses after a draw from a hat. The horse has won at Meydan twice this season so clearly handles the track and surface.
Royal Delta will be racing from stall eight and this horse is an interesting contender at the relative odds of the market leaders. She looked to be running a big race last year before being hampered with three furlongs to run. The filly won the Breeder’s Cup Ladies Classic last year and that represents excellent form even at this level.
Back next Friday.