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 2: Etisalat My Plan Handicap
About 7 Fur. on the Tapeta main track
$110,000 for Northern Hemisphere 4+ and Southern Hemisphere 3+
For Horses rated 95-105
This race will be run around one turn on the Tapeta main track. REEM (Galileo) is a horse for the course that won a listed stakes race here last year going longer but has won going this distance before when she won first up last year in the 1000 Guineas Trial. BARBECUE EDDIE (Stormy Atlantic) won going seven furlongs last year against better handicap foes and had a good prep for this last month. RED GULCH (Kyllachy) shows good form on all weather tracks and prepped for this with a good win in France in November.
#1 BARBECUE EDDIE
#6 RED GULCH
Race 3: Etisalat eLife Handicap
About 6 Fur. on the turf
$120,000 for Northern Hemisphere 4+ and Southern Hemisphere 3+
For Horses rated 100-110
This race will be run down the straightaway of the turf course. ADDICTIVE DREAM (Kheleyf) was a sharp winner here last week when he threw in a 21.21 second quarter and broke the race wide open. He just missed last October in a listed stakes race at Ascot going shorter. GREEN BERET (Fayruz) had been racing against good ones but was no danger last out against the top choice. His best race was here last March when he finished right behind FORCE FREEZE who almost won the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1). INTERNATIONAL DEBUT (High Chaparral) keeps getting better and better and merits one more shot against these high-class handicap foes.
#1 ADDICTIVE DREAM
#2 GREEN BERET
Race 4: UAE 2000 Guineas Trial sponsored by Etisalat
About 7 Fur. on the Tapeta main track
$50,000 for Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere 3YO
This race will be run out of a chute down the backstretch. Use the www.emiratesracing.com website to get the individual ratings of all the horses in these races. Run under weight-for-age conditions, the higher rated horses have a big advantage in here. RASSAM (Dansili) won easily in his career debut on the all-weather at Kempton and looks like the classy MENDIP coming here in his next start. Frankie rides for Saeed bin Suroor. ENJOY DUBAI (Seeker’s Reward) won two grade three stakes race in Argentina last summer and has the edge that most southern Hemisphere 3YOs have. KINGLET (Kingmambo) won easily going a mile last out at Kempton on the all-weather and gets Mickael Barzalona.
#1 ENJOY DUBAI
Race 5: Etisalat My Data Plan Handicap
About 1 ½ Mi. on the turf
$110,000 for Northern Hemisphere 4 & Up and Southern Hemisphere 3 & Up
For horses rated 95-105
This race will be run around two turns on the turf course with a long run into the far turn. GLEN’S DIAMOND (Intikhab) won the Dee Stakes (G3) two starts back going long on a left-handed course. EMIRATES CHAMPION (Haafhd) won twice at last year’s Carnival and was a good third last out in a grade two stakes race in Turkey. NAQSHABBAN (Street Cry) was a good second going ten furlongs against handicap foes then was third last out at Newbury when moved up in class. Lightly-raced 4YO gets Frankie.
#4 GLEN’S DIAMOND
#2 EMIRATES CHAMPION
Race 6: Al Maktoum Challenge (Group 3) – Round One – sponsored by Etisalat
About 1 Mile on the Tapeta main track
$200,000 for Northern Hemisphere 4 & Up and Southern Hemisphere 3 & Up
This race will be run out of a chute down the backstretch. Use the www.emiratesracing.com website to get the individual ratings of all the horses in these races. Run under weight-for-age conditions, the higher rated horses have a big advantage in here. MENDIP (Harlan’s Holiday) has won his seasonal debut the past two years and is 3 for 3 going a mile. He’ll need some running room from down on the rail but gets Frankie back aboard. MASTER OF HOUNDS (Kingmambo) looked great here last year when he just missed in the UAE Derby (G2) then ran well in the Kentucky Derby (G1). Now with Mike de Kock, he showed he can run well first up last year. MUSIR (Redoute’s Choice) is a horse for the course that won the UAE Derby here two years ago and won a group two stakes in Turkey in his last start.
#12 MASTER OF HOUNDS
Race 7: Etisalat 4G Handicap
About 1 1/4 Mi. on the turf
$120,000 Northern Hemisphere 4+ and Southern Hemisphere 3+
For horses rated 100-110
This race will be run around one turn on the turf course with a long run down the backstretch. ALKIMOS (High Chaparral) won two turf races last year in Great Britain going similar distance and then finished his season with a second in a group three stakes race at Ascot. Frankie Dettori picks up the mount. SONGCRAFT (Singspiel) has won both of his career starts for Godolphin in France when trained by Andre Fabre. TOPCLAS (Kutub) was a sharp winner of a group three stakes race in his last start last March.