Man alive at Meydan
By Man On The Spot. Last Updated: 26/02/14 4:52pm
Medicean Man: Fancied to score again
Man On The Spot previews all of Thursday's action from the Dubai Carnival at Meydan.
Sheikh Hamdan has three entered here and Paul Hanagan has elected to ride Kanaf, who is returning to this track after landing four of his last five on Jebel Ali's Dirt. He's never won here but has gone close on occasions so must be considered. Tamaathul carries the same colours but he's been looking a bit high in the weights recently, though he did beat the reappearing Rutland Boy narrowly off levels just over a year ago and was conceding Le Drakkar 5lb when beaten less than a length last January. MODERN HISTORY was returning after almost a year off at the first Carnival meeting in January and very nearly made all over the trip. He was caught close home by Fulbright with the favourite My Freedom three lengths behind and, as he's lightly-raced for his age, is taken to go one better. My Freedom showed the benefit of the run with a much better effort behind Eastern Rules three weeks ago while Gold City showed massive improvement to finish runner-up to Zakhee with Eastern Rules a close third. The last time Barbecue Eddie raced over 7f he won from a 6lb higher mark and he's been running in better class.
MEDICEAN MAN is remarkably well handicapped and should follow up last week's victory. Jeremy Gask's charge was landing his ninth victory on Turf that day and can run on today's Tapeta surface from 7lb lower, though prospective punters should know that he makes his debut on the surface. However, none of his rivals have won on Tapeta either, though US-import Zee Bros won on Dirt at Pimlico for Bob Baffert last year and French raider Abu Sidra has won on Chantilly's Polytrack. The latter has a very good record and should win races here while Merhee, Masamah and Mujaazef were all close behind Jamesie over the track and trip last month. Lehaaf has been finding a mile too far and is well enough handicapped to get involved over this much shorter trip.
After landing a Newmarket maiden for Mick Channon last summer, JALLOTA competed at a very high level and was never disgraced. He had a nice run round over a trip too far a fortnight ago and is given the nod. He was behind his stable companion Wednaan in that latter race and there should be little between the pair again and both should take care of the speedy My Catch, who may be better suited by 6f. Dolce N Karama was a 200/1 chance when fourth to Kingston Hill in the Racing Post Trophy and should be better for his run behind Emirates Flyer here last month, though this is a stronger race.
It's very rare to find a race where all of the runners ran in the same race last time but that's the case here as the 11 who start all lined up in the UAE 1000 Guineas three weeks ago. That should make finding the winner much easier and, as the winner IHTIMAL was very impressive and scored as she liked it's impossible to desert her especially as her pedigree suggests she should be even better over today's longer trip. Always travelling nicely, she cruised into the lead off a very fast pace set by Mensoora and quickly eased clear. The runner-up had no more to give when passed but kept on well enough to hold the remainder though third-placed Feedyah was having her first start for five months and could reverse the form. The remainder appear to have very little chance.
Mike De Kock runs three here with MUSHREQ looking the one to be on despite his surprise defeat by stablemate Mujaarib at this level last month. A Group 2 winner here a year ago, he made a successful return in a Listed contest beating subsequent winner Gabrial and his overall form should be good enough. Anaerobio also represents the South African and he completed a double over 7f before beaten in a tough handicap last week. He had Mshawish less than a length behind in the Group 2 Al Fahidi Fort last month but had a decided fitness advantage over the runner-up who can turn the tables. Trade Storm won this a year ago and has every chance of repeating the process as though well behind the selection last month that was his first start since a fine placed effort in a Grade 1 at Woodbine in September. Marco Botti's import from Brazil, Edu Querido, made a promising start for the yard after a long absence three weeks ago and will improve though this is tougher.
Energia Davros has run very well in his two starts since the turn of the year and looks certain to get involved again but may just be a couple of pounds high in the weights. He had Tha'ir and WINTERLUDE behind when third to Sunshaawes a fortnight ago but it's the latter who can take this as he wasn't given the best of rides and was staying on strongly over the slightly shorter trip. Alexandra Palace looked one to follow when making a successful debut on the track and didn't get the best of runs when attempting a follow-up so shouldn't be dismissed. Farrier has won here in the past but that was two years ago and he's much higher in the ratings nowadays while Starboard has his attentions switched to Tapeta after running moderately here on Turf.