Top class Flat racing hits you like a thunderbolt this weekend – with the first big race of the Flat turf season at Doncaster and one of the world’s richest contests over in Dubai.
I’m as pumped up as one of the tyres on Paddy’s secret Ferrari…but by Saturday night I hope Paddy is as deflated as a popped balloon. You hear me Paddy?
Let’s start at Doncaster, where the big race is the Lincoln Handicap over a mile. Everyone initially expected this event to be run on decent ground, but in typical British weather fashion it will be a bit of a mud bath.
The one I will be having a few quid on each-way is last year’s hero LEVITATE (3.50pm), who has won five of his six races with some on softer ground. The trip is perfect and trainer John Quinn can get his runners fit first time out so fitness is not a worry. Let’s hope there’s a repeat of 12 months ago.
I’m all right Jack
I also think that JACK DEXTER (2.40pm) could be the answer to repeat his win here last year. He loves soft ground and conditions have definitely turned in his favour. Tropics will be a tough nut to crack, but Jack should be up to the task.
Over at Kempton, the one I like from a good draw is the race-fit GRENDISAR (2.55pm). He’s been a model of consistency on the polytrack over the winter and has every chance of at least hitting the frame.
The highlight of the day comes at Meydan where the action is absolutely top class. The Dubai World Cup is a real tough heat to solve – with lots of horses racing on the Tapeta surface for the first time.
I am very hopeful the classy MILLITARY ATTACK (6.05pm) will run a huge race. He is closely linked with Akeed Mofeed on Hong Kong form but was a good winner last time and has a lovely draw to work from. Of course he is up against a Derby winner in Aidan O’Brien’s Ruler of the World. The draw is important at Meydan and it sways me away from the Ballydoyle colt.
I’ll be all over SHEA SHEA (3.05pm) in the sprint who has been in blistering form of late – where Paddy’s Sole Power is in opposition.
John Gosden’s THE FUGUE deserves a big pot, can cope with the drop in trip and can collect in the Dubai Dury Free. While DUNADEN (5.20pm) looks a decent each-way punt at double figures against some ‘iffy’ stayers in the Sheema Classic.
Racing on the level is well and truly back and flattening Paddy’s profits is what it’s all about. But don’t forget Aintree is just around the corner and I’ll be back for that next week. Yeeehaaa!