Today's racecards

Meydan

  • 16:50 Al Rashidiya Sponsored By Dubal Stakes 1m 1f

  • Winner 419,070 2nd 158,515 3rd 78,744 4th 36,041
  • Going: Standard
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Off time: 16:51:05
16:50 Meydan Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st The Apache (SAF) 12/1
2nd City Style (USA) 6/1
3rd Sharestan (IRE) 8/13

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (1) 12311-1 Royal blue, royal blue sleeves, royal blue cap Sharestan (IRE) 21
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
5 9-0 Saeed bin Suroor S De Sousa 111 8/131.62
2 (2) 112/227- Royal blue, white epaulets, red cap Albaasil (IRE) 327
Nag me
5 9-0 D Watson P Dobbs 104 20/121.00
3 (3) 25/3312- Royal blue, royal blue sleeves, red cap Aesop's Fables (USA) 169
Nag me
4 9-4 Saeed bin Suroor K Fallon 8/19.00
4 (4) 80189-7 Maroon, white diabolo, maroon sleeves, maroon, white quartered cap Fanunalter 21
Nag meDistance Winner
7 9-3 M Botti C O'Donoghue 114 33/134.00
5 (5) 212369- Royal blue, royal blue sleeves, white cap City Style (USA) 208
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 9-0 M Al Zarooni M Barzalona 115 6/17.00
6 (6) 1341/26- Yellow, Blue chevron, Yellow sleeves, Blue cap The Apache (SAF) 369
Nag meDistance Winner
6 9-0 M F De Kock C Soumillon 12/113.00
7 (7) 41/0010- Dark green, dark green sleeves, red, dark green diamond cap Do It All (USA) 306
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
6 9-0 Saeed bin Suroor T E Durcan 114 25/126.00
8 (8) 425911- royal blue, white epaulettes, Black cap Derbaas (USA) 53
Nag meCourse Winner
7 9-0 A Al Raihe Dane O'Neill 102 16/117.00
9 (9) 41141-2 Royal Blue, White epaulets, striped cap So Beautiful (FR) 21
Nag meDistance Winner
4 8-13 D Watson P Hanagan 8/19.00
10 (10) 113645- White, purple stripe, white sleeves, white, purple checked cap Light Heavy (IRE) 118
Nag me
4 8-13 p J S Bolger K J Manning 112 16/117.00

Verdict

Godolphin's Sharestan won the trial for this in very impressive fashion and the former John Oxx-trained entire will attract strong support and will take some beating. However, the runner-up that day, SO BEAUTIFUL, is taken to reverse the form despite having 4l to make up. Doug Watson's colt, a Group 3 winner at Longchamp in June, looked more in need of the run than the winner and came from a long way back in a slowly-run race so the expected fast gallop should suit him better and he looks the one to be on. Aesop's Fables won the Group 1 Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly for Andre Fabre and though that wasn't the best race of its kind ever run there should still be more to come from the lightly-raced Godolphin entry, who also have last year's runner-up City Style in the line-up. Derbaas is a Group 2 winner on this track and can never be ruled out, especially as he arrives in good form having scored twice at Abu Dhabi recently, while The Apache has been racing in smart company in South Africa and is expected to do well at the Carnival. Albaasil is a classy performer at his best though he hasn't been seen since last March.