It's the Dubai World Cup this weekend from Meydan as the flat season starts to get in to swing so we have an action packed card and some huge prize money on offer.
The action gets under way at 11.45am UK time and closes with the big one at 4.30pm so we have had a look at our picks for the best of the action. And we start with the Goldophin mile
and Al Nefud looks the pick of the pack here. He will be favourite and has some very solid course form having won twice here at todays trip so a price of around 2/1 is a little short but he looks a solid choice to kick us off.
In the 2.10pm we have a Group 2 over 1m1f and the one I like here is the American raider Pinehurst. This will be the first run over in the desert at Meydan but this very smart 3YOh has looked very good in a few eye catching wins. The step up in trip here shouldn't be a huge issue but this does look a pretty competitive race and I wouldn't be too shocked to see a few big prices go in over the day!
In the 3.20pm we are on the turf and I am going for one of the British charges with Lord North. He won this here 12 months ago and with Frankie onboard I think he can go close again here at a decent price. The winter derby at Lingfield didn't quite work out but he did finish that very strongly to take 2nd spot when quite well fancied. That run could well turn out to be a good prep for this one here
And lastly in 3.55pm I am going with another that may be familiar to UK & Irish fans in the Godolphin charge Ybir. William Buick is onboard for this one and last years Breeders Cup Turf winner can go close here and take another big prize in the famous blue colours, there could be a few more big wins to come for this very smart gelding this term so he is one I will be following closely.
The big one comes at 4.30pm and the odds on favourite for this is another US raider in the shape of Life Is Good. He has won 6 out of his 7 starts and looks the one to beat here having already landed a few big prizes along the way. At around 4/6 though this is very short for me so looking for a bit of value County Grammar could go well under Frankie for trainer Bob Baffert as the US could well dominate. The main challenge could come from Hot Rod Charlie (another US charge) who won a G2 here back in February so has the course experience.
Real World leads the home charge for Godolphin but looks held by a few of these along with Hypothetical for Sheikh Hamdan. An each way play may be the Japanese runner Chuwa Wizard but he does need to find a bit to really trouble those at the top of the market here.
There are usually a few shocks out in the desert but for the flat lovers its a chance to see some top level international racing. Good Luck if you are having a flutter and lets hope we can see a few decent winners to get us off and running for the return of the flat season!