Dick's Dubai Picks for March 1
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Dick Powell has handicapped every race since the Dubai International Racing Carnival’s inception in 2004. He sets the morning line for the Carnival races and his selections and analysis can be found at www.amwestentertainment.com.

Race 1: Al Dana Visa Infinite Card (9:30 a.m. EST)
About 7 Furlongs On the Turf
$50,000 for Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere 3YOs

This race will be run around one turn with a long run to the first turn. MOON SPUN (Black Minnaloushe) just missed in a group II stakes race in South Africa then came here and ran into good ones on the Tapeta. She draws well and returns to the turf with Ryan Moore back aboard. FACTORY TIME (Baltic King) was a sharp winner here going this distance two starts back when he made all the running then came back and raced evenly in a listed stakes race. FISCAL (Cape Cross) only missed by a length last out despite breaking from post 12 but is still a maiden.

Selections:
#1     MOON SPUN
#3    FACTORY TIME
#4    FISCAL

Race 2: Al Dana Wealth Handicap (10:05 a.m. EST)
About 1 ¼ Miles on the Tapeta main track
$150,000 for Northern Hemisphere 4+ and Southern Hemisphere 3+
For horses rated 95+

This race will be run around two turns on the main track with a long run into the first turn. DISA LEADER (Parade Leader) was no match for the red-hot CAPPONI and has run well here in two starts on the Tapeta. He was a group one stakes winner in South Africa and draws well today. SARRSAR (Shamardal) loves the Tapeta and should be able to get the distance. He’s out of a dam that won the group II Ribblesdale Stakes and is a half-brother to two stakes winners including group I stakes winner NAHRAIN. JOSHUA TREE (Montjeu) tries Tapeta for the first time and draws post 14 which will force Ryan Moore to drop to the back of the field and make one run.

Selections:
#3     DISA LEADER
#2    SARRSAR
#1    JOSHUA TREE

Race 3: Attijari Points Reward Program Handicap (10:45 a.m. EST)
About 6 Furlongs On the Turf
$175,000 for Northern Hemisphere 4+ and Southern Hemisphere 3+
For horses rated 100+

This race will be run down the straightaway of the turf course. SOUL (Commands) ships in from Australia for Godolphin where he ran very well. He was a group II stakes winner as at 2 and his dam is a half-sister to two group I stakes winners including DENMAN. IVER BRIDGE LAD (Avonbridge) is a versatile sprinter that can run on any surface. He was a good third here on the Tapeta then just missed going five furlongs on the turf here last out. DOHASA (Bold Fact) has been in against good ones here on both surfaces and has the class to compete with these. Big rider switch to Ryan Moore.

Selections:
#2     SOUL
#1    IVER BRIDGE LAD
#3    DOHASA

Race 4: CBD World MasterCard Handicap (11:20 a.m. EST)
About 7 Furlongs On the Tapeta main track
$175,000 for Northern Hemisphere 4+ and Southern Hemisphere 3+
For horses rated 100+

This race will be run around one turn on the main track with a long run down the backstretch. TAMAATHUL (Tiger Hill) was a close second to the classy SANDAGYR two starts back then could not overcome post 15 on the turf. He has yet to win on the Tapeta but has many good efforts over it. IP MAN (Mr Nancho) was a sharp winner here two starts back going this distance in very fast time then did little back on the turf. The 3YO takes on older rivals but he’s in great form. SCARF (Lonhro) ran well in his Tapeta debut here last out and gets Frankie.

Selections:
#1     TAMAATHUL
#2    IP MAN
#5    SCARF

Race 5: Zabeel Mile (UAE-IIT) sponsored by Commercial Bank of Dubai (11:55 a.m EST)
About 1 Mile on the Turf
$250,000 for Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere 3+

This race will be run around one turn on the turf course with a long run to the turn. DERBAAS (Seeking The Gold) loves to go a mile and he comes in here with a lot of back class and some sneaky form. He was a good fourth on the Tapeta two starts back then was beaten two lengths from a wide post last out in a slow-paced race. Gets Richard Hills who has ridden him before. VISCOUNT NELSON (Giant's Causeway  ) looked great here winning a group II stakes going this distance from post 12. He picks up five pounds and gets Kevin Shea again. GINGERBREAD MAN (Shamardal) ships in from Singapore where he was the champion juvenile there two years ago. He’s been in against good ones and is highly rated at 116.

Selections:
#6     DERBAAS
#7    VISCOUNT NELSON
#6    GINGERBREAD MAN

Race 6: Nad al Sheba Trophy (UAE-IIIT) sponsored by Attijari al Islami (12:30 p.m. EST)
About 1 ¾ Miles on the Turf
$200,000 for Northern Hemisphere 4+ and Southern Hemisphere 3+

This race will be run around two turns of the turf course with a long run into the first turn. OPINION POLL (Halling) was a terrific second in the Ascot Gold Cup (Eng-I) last year and ran well against group company. KASBAH BLISS (Kahyasi) won a turf marathon in France last out on firm going at the age of 9. Gerard Mosse rides back.  FOX HUNT (Dubawi) was a sharp winner here last out against good ones and was a group III stakes winner last year.

Selections:
#11     OPINION POLL
#12    KASBAH BLISS
#6    FOX HUNT

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