Today's racecards

Meydan

  • 16:30 Firebreak Stakes Sponsored By Ford Explorer Sport 1m

  • Winner 419,082 2nd 158,518 3rd 78,748 4th 36,042
  • Going: Standard
  • Surface: Sand

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Off time: 16:31:14
16:30 Meydan Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Variety Club (SAF) Evs
2nd Haatheq (USA) 12/1
3rd Empire Storm (GER) 20/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (1) 341363- Blue Snowboarder (USA) 126
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
4 9-0 C Appleby S De Sousa 107 12/113.00
2 (2) 7211-43 Blue, white epaulettes, blue sleeves, blue, white striped cap Haatheq (USA) 20
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 9-0 A Al Raihe P Hanagan 87 12/113.00
3 (3) 1/66342- Black, black sleeves, red cap Mars (IRE) 203
Nag meBeaten Favourite
4 9-0 M F De Kock C Soumillon 3/14.00
4 (4) 0061-12 Red, yellow striped, white, black stars sleeves, black cap Colmar Kid (IRE) 20
Nag meDistance Winner
4 9-0 v M Al Muhairi R Hughes 79 20/121.00
5 (5) 111/111- green, yellow stars, black sleeves, black cap Variety Club (SAF) 250
Nag meDistance Winner
6 9-0 Joey Ramsden A Marcus Evs2.00
6 (6) 3555-20 Grey, dark blue stars, pink sleeves, grey, dark blue stars cap Empire Storm (GER) 7
Nag meDistance Winner
7 9-0 t M J Attwater K Fallon 20/121.00
7 (7) 0355-16 Dark green, dark green sleeves, red, dark green diamond cap Fulbright 21
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
5 9-0 C Appleby M Barzalona 94 6/17.00
8 (8) 102-840 Blue, white epaulettes, blue sleeves, black cap Mufarrh (IRE) 7
Nag meCourse WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 9-0 A Al Raihe R Ffrench 94 25/126.00
9 (9) 3820-03 red, black stars, red sleeves, red cap Capital Attraction (USA) 21
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 9-0 Ernst Oertel T P O'Shea 93 14/115.00

Verdict

Mars, a close sixth in the Epsom Derby before dropping back in trip and finishing third to Dawn Approach in the St James's Palace Stakes, has his first start for Mike De Kock after transferring from Aidan O'Brien. He made a winning debut on Polytrack at Dundalk so the Tapeta surface shouldn't be a problem. He's taken on by the brilliant South Africa-trained VARIETY CLUB, who had 19 starts and won 14 including the last eight. Joey Ramsden's regular Group 1 winner has his first run outside his native country but is expected to prove up to the task. Snowboarder was in excellent form here a year ago with four placed efforts including when runner-up to Soft Falling Rain in the 2000 Guineas on this day. He'll ensure the South African's don't have things their own way as will his stablemate Fulbright, a handicap winner here before missing the break in a Group 2. Haatheq almost snatched a shock victory from Soft Falling Rain in the Godolphin Mile on World Cup night in March but hasn't been in that kind of form at Jebel Ali recently.