Saturday, March 24, 2001
Nimello won the randombet.com Lincoln in good style at Doncaster on Saturday, after being sent off the 9/2 favourite.
Trainer Paul Cole and jockey Jimmy Fortune won the £50,000 handicap last year with John Ferneley, while Cole also won the contest with.Kualis Lipis in 1997.
Horses drawn low proved best, with Nimello coming out of stall one. Highland Reel, drawn six and a 9/1 chance, went to the front over two out under Neil Pollard.
But Fortune was ready and swept through in the final furlong to a two-length success from Higland Reel, Codebreaker’s choice.
Last year's second King Priam , sent off at 20/1, was a further four lengths back in third, while Mastermind came fourth for trainer Lynda Ramsden.
Cole revealed that Nimello is a reformed character. He said: “He had a terrible attitude, we had lots of problems with him. He was colty and difficult, we couldn't travel him with other horses.
“We gelded him in mid-winter but it should have been done years ago. He was a nightmare even to take racing but he's always been a class horse - he just had an attitude problem.. We bought him at Newmarket Breeze-Up Sale and John Ferneley also came out of the breeze-ups.
"We went for stall one because it was lucky for us last year. The main thing is to be able to go with the pace and the pace was on the far side. I thought he would win at half-way.”
THE VALUE BETTING COLUMN EVERY SATURDAY
Saturday, March 24, 2001
3.45pm Randombet.com Lincoln 1m (str)
BP = best prices offered by Coral (C), William Hill (WH), Tote (T) and Ladbrokes(L)
1) (10) 220333- PULAU TIOMAN 5-9-10 (HRH Sultan Ahmad Shah) Michael Jarvis/Philip Robinson
A classy performer on his day, such as when landing the Listed John O'Gaunt Stakes at Haydock last June and the Roseberry Handicap at Kempton under 9st 8lb last April. Last ran on September 25, finishing third to Swan Knight in a conditions event at Bath.
BP=25 C, T, WH
2) (9) 160230-4 VINTAGE PREMIUM 4-9-07 (J C Parsons) Richard Fahey/John Reid
Showed his liking for Doncaster last season, when taking in the 1m 2f Carbon Link Conditions Stakes in July. Made his seasonal reappearance on the all-weather, finishing a staying-on fourth behind Invader in the Ed Weetman Haulage and Storage Lincoln Trial at Wolverhampton on March 10. Likes soft ground.
3) (21) 000600- BOMB ALASKA 6-9-06 (Bridget Swire) Toby Balding/Steve Drowne
Very capable horse on his day and took the Spring Mile over the course and distance back in 1999. Will be making his seasonal reappearance here. Likes soft ground. BP=12 C, T
4) (4) 1/04023- MASTERMIND 4-9-06 (John Martin) Lynda Ramsden/Robert Winston
The Ramsdens' other representative, Mastermind was successful in a decent maiden at Newmarket in 1999 and last season competed in both the Sagitta 2000 Guineas and the Emirates Airline Prix du Jockey Club (French Derby). He was bought for 100,000gns at Tattersalls last October.
5) (24) 312443- JOHN FERNELEY 6-9-06 (John Martin) Lynda Ramsden/
6) (11) 462042- ATLANTIC RHAPSODY 4-9-05 (Atlantic Racing Limited) Mark Johnston/Keith Dalgleish (3)
Represents Middleham-based Mark Johnston team and is ridden by Keith Dalgleish, one of the finds of last season. Ran consistently well for most of last season and was successful in the valuable Tote Credit Silver Bowl at Haydock in May. Likes soft ground.
BP=16 C, T, WH
7) (7) 260060-0 SIR NINJA 4-9-04 (Hargood Limited) Dominic Ffrench Davis/Jason Weaver
Quite a decent performer on his day, such as when chasing home Inglenook in the Listed Heron Stakes at Kempton last season and when a respectable sixth to Merry Merlin in the Dee Stakes at Chester. Was unplaced on his seasonal reappearance in the Ed Weetman Haulage and Storage Lincoln Trial at Wolverhampton on March 10. Acts on soft ground.
BP=50 L, T, WH
8) (14) 023610-0 PANTAR 6-9-03 (Robert Hitchins) Ian Balding/Martin Dwyer
Consistent performer who was successful at Goodwood last September in a competitive 0-100 handicap. Unplaced on his seasonal reappearance in the Ed Weetman Haulage and Storage Lincoln Trial at Wolverhampton on March 10. Acts on soft ground.
9) (5) 003000- SWAN KNIGHT 5-9-01 (Mr & Mrs Gary Pinchen) Martin Pipe/Pat Eddery
Represents champion National Hunt trainer Martin Pipe, for whom he won a maiden hurdle at Wincanton last month. Useful Flat performer on his day and easily landed a decent conditions event at Bath last September. Acts on soft ground.
10) (23) 661000- PEARTREE HOUSE 7-9-00 (G Vettraino & Fayzad Thoroughbreds 1) David Nicholls/Alex Greves
Runs for Thirsk-based David Nicholls and put up some good efforts last season, most notably when triumphant in the valuable Bradford and Bingley Rated Handicap at York's August meeting.
11) (13) 3/00/000- DESARAU 5-8-13 (J H Knight) David Nicholls/Clare Roche (7)
Previously trained by Jeremy Noseda, for whom he won a 7f maiden at Doncaster in 1998 and finished a very respectable ninth to Island Sands in the 1999 Sagitta 2000 guineas. Will be having his first run for David Nicholls here.
12) (6) 033102- HIGHLAND REEL 4-8-12 (Sir Gordon Brunton) David Elsworth/Neil Pollard
Lightly-raced but has put up some good displays nonetheless. Easily landed a Windsor maiden last season and rounded off last year's campaign with a fine second to a Cornelius in 0-100 contest at Newbury in October. Acts on soft ground.
13) (16) 006300- CALCUTTA 5-8-12 (Catherine Corbett & Chris Wright) Barry Hills/Richard Hughes
Had some good form in 1999, although did not appear to run up to his best last season. Successful in 1m handicap at Doncaster in September 1999, when he defeated subsequent Group One victor Indian Lodge.
BP=33 L, T, WH
14) (19) 00/124/4/ RIDGEWAY 6-8-10 (Mrs M E Curtis) Mick Easterby/Terry Lucas
A good performer for Geoff Wragg back in 1998, finishing second in the Thirsk Classic Trial and fourth in the Chester Vase. Has more recently been seen over timber, finishing second at Doncaster on December 9 in thehorsesmouth.co.uk Novices' Hurdle.
BP=50 L, WH
15) (8) 0/2113- KIROVSKI 4-8-10 (Batten, Bowstead, Gregory & Manning) Peter Harris/Richard Quinn
One of the leading fancies in the ante-post lists, Kirovski represents Tring-based Peter Harris. Notched up a three-timer last season with successes at Carlisle, Newmarket and Ascot. Finished last season by finishing third to Tornado Prince in the Mail On Sunday Final Handicap at the Ascot Festival.
BP=7 L, T
16) (2) 000500-0 KING PRIAM 6-8-10bl (Mark Lewis) Mark Polglase/Robbie Fitzpatrick
Good all-weather performer who put a grand performance in last year's Lincoln to finish three-quarters-of-a-length second to John Ferneley. Finished unplaced behind Invader on his seasonal reappearance in the Ed Weetman Haulage and Storage Lincoln Trial at Wolverhampton on March 10.
17) (22) 1602-4 AMARANTH 5-8-09t (M Gleason) Les Eyre/Paul Eddery
Represents Thirsk-based Les Eyre. All his wins have come at sprint distances but has been running well over a mile on the all-weather recently, finishing fourth to Nimello at Wolverhampton on March 10 in the Arena Leisure Handicap and second to Temeraire at Lingfield in December.
BP=40 L, T
18) (15) 2400/0P- CAPTAIN SCOTT 7-8-09 (The Write State Partnership) Gerard Butler/Michael Fenton
Finished second to Right Wing in the 1999 Lincoln, when he was trained by Jeremy Glover. Was restricted to just two outings last season after suffering an injury.
19) (1) 100043-1 NIMELLO 5-8-09 (5lb ex) (C Shiacolas) Paul Cole/Jimmy Fortune
Jumped to prominence in the ante-post lists after his impressive success in the Arena Leisure Handicap at Wolverhampton on March 10. Was unplaced in last year's Lincoln but represents Paul Cole, who trained the 2000 winner John Ferneley.
20) (14) 3/20062- EXEAT 5-8-08 (Lady Harrison) David Nicholls/Adrian Nicholls
Was a very decent performer for John Gosden in 1998 and 1999 (eighth to Island Sands in 1999 Sagitta 2000 Guineas). Joined David Nicholls last season and rounded off the campaign with a good second behind Gaelic Storm in the betabet.com Conditions Stakes at Redcar in September.
21) (18) 211150- EVEREST 4-8-07 (I S Sandhu & Partners) Brian Ellison/Richard Mullen
Notched up a three-timer for Paul Cole last season with wins at Thirsk, Pontefract and Goodwood.
Will be making his seasonal reappearance here and having his first run for Brian Ellison.
22) (17) 20051-28 CULZEAN 4-8-05 (Stonethorn Stud Farms Ltd) Richard Hannon/Paul Fitzsimons (3)
Consistent performer who was triumphant in a 10 furlong handicap at Newmarket last August. Has had two outings on the all-weather this winter, finishing second to Jorrocks at Lingfield on New Year's Day and eighth to White Plains at Lingfield on February 17.
BP=33 L, T, WH
23) (20) 111-1227 HAIL THE CHIEF 4-8-05 (Peter M Crane) Richard Hannon/Richard Smith (5)
Has been having a good time of it on the all weather over the winter, running up a five-timer in the process with four wins at Wolverhampton and one at Lingfield. Finished seventh in the Bet Direct Winter Derby at Lingfield last Saturday on his latest appearance.
BP=14 T, WH
24) (3) 100000- ESPADA 5-8-05 (Janis MacPherson) Jeremy Glover/Carl Lowther
Best effort in 2000 came when successful in a 0-100 handicap at Kempton in May, where he defeated Pulau Tioman. Trained by Mark Tompkins last season, has subsequently joined Worksop-based Jeremy Glover.
BP=14 T, WH
Highland Reel is a promising sort and is drawn well and worth backing. The best value rank outsider is 33/1 hope Pantar.
DUBAI WORLD CUP REPORT
Captain Steve became the third American-trained horse to win the $6-million Dubai World Cup in the sixth running of the world's richest race at Nad Al Sheba.
The Bob Baffert-trained Captain Steve was sent to the front by Jerry Bailey inside the final furlong after seemingly having a lot to do to catch the Japanese-trained mare To The Victory who set a hot pace.
The winning margin was three lengths with French-trained Hightori third and Dubai-trained State Shinto fourth.
Previous victories for American-trained horses in the Dubai World Cup came with Cigar (1996) and Silver Charm (1998) and Bailey, who rode the former, also partnered Singspiel to victory in 1997.
After the victory Bailey admitted to be being worried by To The Victory dashing clear of the field. He said: “I was concerned off the home turn because the leader looked to be travelling and my fellow was a bit flat. That's why I pulled the trigger a bit earlier than I wanted to. In the end I went too soon.”
Godolphin's Best Of The Bests, who came to challenge turning for home, faded in the straight and finished eighth.
Earlier Godolphin won the US$1-million Godolphin Mile with Festival Of Light and then took the UAE Derby with Express Tour, both ridden by American jockey David Flores.
The jockey said of the improving Festival Of Light: “He bobbled a bit at the start but showed good speed and I just nursed him along, trying to get him as relaxed as possible over the first half mile. He was very strong and responded very well. I just kept riding him and didn’t have to use my whip.
“This horse was a 100% and thanks to the trainer and Sheikh Mohammed, I am very grateful to ride the horse. This is one of the greatest rides I have had - it is unbelievable.”
Simon Crisford, the Godolphin Racing Manager, commented: “He’s a much improved horse. He showed a lot of promise last year in America but had some problems.
“In his last two races over shorter distances he showed so much speed that obviously today’s trip of a mile was a big question mark. But he got home. He stays the distance and is an improving and progressive horse.
“He will go back to America to campaign there and we will try out luck out there over distances between six and a half furlongs and a mile.
“All our horses ran well. China Visit just got done for a little bit of speed at a crucial stage of the race and then stayed on really strongly to be fourth, while Curule ran a fine race in second.”
Godolphin had the first and second, Express Tour and Street Cry, in the nine-furlong US$2-million UAE Derby on dirt.
Express Tour was always going well and he took second on the outside on the far side of the track before hitting the front in the straight and then fighting back as Street Cry, ridden by Frankie Dettori, went slightly ahead.
The three-year-old Tour D’Or colt went on again close home in a tremendous battle to the line. The winning margin was a short head, with six lengths back to the third Lido Palace.
Simon Crisford, the Godolphin Racing Manager, commented: “These are two top-class horses and they are premium-quality Kentucky Derby candidates.
“Street Cry is going to be better over a longer trip and the extra furlong at Churchill Downs will suit him. And we want Express Tour to get that extra furlong.
“Express Tour has so much speed and we were very worried about him staying the distance tonight. But he’s got the trip and has done very well.
“We haven’t thought about the riding plans in the Kentucky Derby. David Flores rides all our two-year-olds in California. Frankie Dettori will be on one of them - we will talk about that later.
“You’d have to be very happy with the way they have both run, going clear of the third. The winner wasn’t stopping and Street Cry did not have quite as smooth a passage as Express Tour but he showed a good turn of foot to go to win, only for the other horse to show a lot of heart to battle back.
“Express Tour raced in Florida last year and was identified as being a top-quality runner. It was brought to the attention of Sheikh Mohammed who chose to proceed with the purchase.”
Coral now make Express Tour an 8/1 chance for the Kentucky Derby on May 5 and Street Cry 12/1 for the same race.
David Flores commented: “I got a good spot on Express Tour and he had a great trip around the two turns and when he went for home the other horse came within half a length. I didn’t get too excited - I just kept doing my job. My horse responded very well and he will get an extra quarter of a mile no problem.
“He’s a champion already and thanks must go to all of those involved with Godolphin - they treat us really well. The Kentucky Derby is now next.”
Godolphin had five other runners in the UAE Derby, with Celtic Silence doing the best of them in fourth, staying on after being outpaced in the early stages
Godolphin narrowly failed to take the US$2-million Dubai Sheema Classic on turf, with the Japanese-trained Stay Gold pipping Fantastic Light on the line.
The big sprint, the US$2-million Dubai Golden Shaheen over six furlongs, went to American-trained Caller One, ridden by Corey Nakatani who called his mount the best sprinter in the world.
The Dubai Duty Free Stakes, also worth US$2-million, was a thrilling contest, with New Zealand mare Sunline taking the lead in the straight before being caught and passed by the Hong King hope Fairy King Prawn and then French-trained Jim And Tonic who succeeded under Gerald Mosse.
A truly international meeting at the world’s richest racing day, worth a total of US$15-million.
Sheikh Mohammed, who leads the Godolphin operation, commented after Fantastic Light was beaten a nose: “I am the winner because I bring all these people together from all over the world. Fantastic Light did nothing wrong and ran a great race.
“I am very happy that the Japanese have come all this way and have won in Dubai. That is what we want.”
ALL TIMES ARE UK TIMES
GLOBEFORM RATINGS & PREVIEWS, NAD AL SHEBA SATURDAY, MARCH 24, 2001
* DENOTES FILLY OR MARE: Ratings for fillies / mares adjusted up by sex
allowance (deduct 4 lbs to find out actual GF rating).
5.15pm DUBAI WORLD CUP (G1) 10f dirt
(Wfa: 4yo from older horses: 1 lb)
127 CAPTAIN STEVE (4yo)
124? BEST OF THE BEST (4yo)
123 APTITUDE (4yo)
121 EKRAAR (4yo)
117+ HIGHTORI (4yo)
117 STATE SHINTO
116 TO THE VICTORY *
115 BROCHE (4yo)
113 REGULAR MEMBER (4yo)
112 ARISTOTLE (4yo)
110 EARLY WARNING
? SEI MI
CAPTAIN STEVE can become Bob Baffert s second World Cup winner, the one he has to beat is BEST OF THE BESTS. Captain Steve ran to GF 127 in the Donn Handicap (G1) over 9 furlongs, but his third in the Breeders Cup Classic (G1) is a clear indication that he stays 10 furlongs.
Interestingly, BEST OF THE BESTS has also put up his best performance over 9 furlongs, when winning his seasonal debut at Nad Al Sheba by no less than 12 lengths. It was a hard race to rate but he seemed to run to GF 124 that day. Last season Best Of The Bests ran to GF 120.
APTITUDE has a good chance if he returns to the form he showed when second in the Kentucky Derby (G1), when he ran to GF 123. After a throat operation and a layoff, that is a big if , however, and tricefta players may be just as well off with EKRAAR or HIGHTORI. Hightori is a lightly raced colt with scope for improvement. He ran to GF 117+ when fifth to Sinndar in the Arc, and produced the same rating winning at Nad Al Sheba on March 1. Ekraar was third that day but we can expect him to improve for the run now. Ekraar is a 10-forlong expert, which may be a big advantage here.
CAPTAIN STEVE BEST OF THE BESTS EKRAAR (APTITUDE)
4.30pm DUBAI DUTY FREE (G2) 9f turf
(Wfa: 4yo from older horses: 1 lb)
131 SUNLINE * (GF 127)
124 FAIRY KING PRAWN
121 LADIES DIN
119 ARKADIAN HERO
118 JIM AND TONIC
116 SWALLOW FLIGHT
116 GOLDEN SILCA *
115+ HAPPY DIAMOND (4yo)
112 MAHFOOTH (4yo)
112 SHAMROCK CITY (4yo)
111 EAGLE CAFÉ (4yo)
109 CRISOS IL MONACO
SUNLINE stands out, please note that her rating in the left column has been adjusted up by 4 pounds, as she get a four pound pull in the weights (this is the case with all fillies and mares). She was awesome winning the Cox Plate (G1) over 10 furlongs at Monee Valley last year, and she has since won three out of three, including the Hong Kong Mile (G1).
She beat FAIRY KING PRAWN in a photofinish at Sha Tin and many will argue that he could turn the tables here. His problem is the distance. Fairy King Prawn is a sprinter turned miler, can he stay 9 furlongs?
SLICKLY will have no problems with stamina, he was very impressive when winning the Prix Dollar (G2) over 11 furlongs at Longchamp last year. He found the competition to hot, and was unsuited by the track, in the Chapion Stakes (G1) after that. Back on a turning track, Dettori s mount has a chance here. At 14-1 he is a good each way alternative.
So is LADIES DIN. You can back this 9-furlong expert at 16-1. Slickly and Ladies Din have both run to GF 121. The interesting thing about Ladies Din, is the fact that he has twice peaked in the Eddie Read Handicap (G1) at Del Mar run over 9 furlongs. He has been in the first three in 21 of his 31 starts and, with Chris McCarron up, Ladies Din looks interesting.
HAPPY DIAMOND, to be ridden by David Flores as Dettori chose Slickly, is a lightly raced, progressive type. He ran to GF 115+ in England last year, when he was racing over 10 furlongs. The Diesis colt was taken out of the Singapore Cup on the day of the race (coughing) but he must have recovered fully, for Godolphin to bring him out here.
SUNLINE SLICKLY LADIES DIN (HAPPY DIAMOND)
3.50pm DUBAI GOLDEN SHAHEEN (G3) 6f dirt
122 CALLER ONE
122 NUCLEAR DEBATE
120 SERENITA **
116 MEN S EXCLUSIVE
115 THREE POINTS
111 FLIGHT PATTERN
**Serenita is rated GF 112+ but she is receiving a 4 lbs fillies allowance plus a favourable age allowance. Being a southern hemisphere foal, she is now 3 ̋ years old, not 3, and she should thus have carried 3 lbs more.
SERENITA ran very, very fast for six furlongs in the 7-furlong Santa Margarita Handicap (G1) at Santa Anita, where Nany s Sweep beat her (Surfside was behind her), and she is our choice in this wide open sprint. Serenita was unraced at two, she won all her three races in Argentina with ease at three, and she is certainly capable of improving. She has drawn post 10, which is favourable, she is ridden by Bailey, and listed to this; she can be backed at around 6-1.
CALLER ONE and NUCLEAR DEBATE are her two main rivals, both rated 122. The have totally different running styles. Caller One is fast and will be up with the pace early, while Nuclear Debate will come from off the pace. He ran right up to his best rating when second under a tough weight at this course last time, and has clearly retained all his ability. He breaks from
post five, hopefully he will not encounter traffic problems. Caller One is in a better spot, he drew post eight, two lanes inside of Serenita (the English filly Pipalong is between them and she is probably not quick enough early on).
BETROLINI ran second in this race 12 months ago, beaten only by Big Jag. He has been a very good sprinter in Europe but is still lacking a big win. He breaks form post 11, and has every chance. Bertolini has run to GF 119 (some time ago, though, 117 is his more recent mark)and is thus about a length inferior to Nuclear Debate and Caller One, but he does have home advantage.
SERENITA CALLER ONE NUCLEAR DEBATE (BERTOLINI)
2.40pm DUBAI SHEEMA CLASSIC (G1) 12f turf
(Wfa: 4yo from older horses: 2 lbs)
121 ENDLESS HALL
121 FANTASTIC LIGHT
121 CATELLA *
120 SILVANO (4yo)
117+ GIVE THE SLIP (4yo)
115 MILETRIAN * (4yo)
115 STAY GOLD
114 ISLAND HOUSE
113 CRIMSON QUEST (4yo)
111 KUTUB (4yo)
105 INCHLONAIG (4yo)
ENDLESS HALL is joint top rated with last year s winner FANTASTIC LIGHT. This is the most difficult race to solve and, as Endless Hall will be around 10-1, he is a tempting choice if you must have a bet. He ran a cracking good race to beat CATELLA in an Italian G1 over this trip last year, and he confirmed the form when managing to give seven pounds to the very useful
Beat All in G3 at Ayr.
FANTASTIC LIGHT will, as we all know by now, not go down without a fight, and others to consider are SILVANO (impressed, ran to GF 120, winning in Singapore, but may be best over shorter than this), CATELLA (in with as good a chance as any on form and ideally suited by the trip), GIVE THE SLIP (who can improve more than any other horse in the field), MUTAFAWEQ (whose stamina will become a factor if we get a very strong pace) and DALIAPOUR (whose win over Fantastic Light at Epsom, and over Ela Athena and CAITANO in HK, proves his class).
ENDLES HALL FANTASTIC LIGHT SILVANO (CATELLA)
1.20pm GODOLPHIN MILE (G3) 8f dirt
120 CHINA VISIT
119 NOBO TRUE
115 PINE DANCE
114+ FESTIVAL OF LIGHT
113 ONE WON ONE
109 COMPTON BOLTER
109 BLU AIR FORCE
109 SKOOZI PLEASE
107 SULTRY SUBSTITUTE
104 RIVER TIMES
CHINA VISIT ran to GF 120 when running away with the UAE Derby a year ago. He failed to stay in the Kentucky Derby (G1) where he ran sixth and he found the ground too firm in England last summer. He is a serious racehorse, however, as he showed when running second under a big weight here last time out. China Visit ran to GF 120 that day, possibly without being fully tuned up, and he could be even better this season. He will be hard to beat.
NOBO TRUE, coming off three wins on the trot in Japan, is the chief rival. He ran to GF 119 last time and is in excellent form.
FESTIVAL OF LIGHT is the dark horse in this field, he has wide margin wins to his name but over sprint distances. Godolphin s second string won by daylight over 6.5 furlongs last time, running to GF 114+. He will improve again and if he stays a mile he is a danger to the top two.
PINE DANCE, rated GF 115 when landing the Pennsylvania Derby last season, is a tough type who could sneak into the first three, of the others it is quite close between Sugarfoot, One Won One, Conflict, Cliquot and Curule.
CHINA VISIT NOBO TRUE FESTIVAL OF LIGHT (PINE DANCE)
2pm UAE DERBY (G3) 9f dirt
120+ STREET CRY
?+ LIDO PALACE
112 ATLANTIS PRINCE
109+ EXPRESS TOUR
109 COUNT DUBOIS
107 QAWAQEB *
106+ NO EXCUSE NEEDED
106 LADY LAHAR *
104+ CELTIC SILENCE
90+ LETHAL AGENDA
? MR PLEASANTFAR
? NA EEM
STREET CRY will he be good enough against Monarchos and Point Given on the first Saturday in May? His credentials are top class. After losing a couple of close fights with Flame Thrower over distances too short for him, Street Cry ran a very good third behind Macho Uno and Point Given in the Breeders Cup Juvenile (G1) the best 2-y-o race in the world last year.
The Godolphin colt ran to GF 120+ at Churchill Downs amd he reappeared for a smooth win in the UAE 2000 Guineas, where he beat the dual Group winner Noverre easily and ran to GF 115+. His principal mission is still six weeks off, so Saeed bin Suroor will not have him at his absolute best here, but the local Derby is important to the Godolphin team and Street Cry may prove very hard to beat.
LIDO PALACE, the champion 3yo in Chile last year, is the big danger. He is 3̋ years old, he has a lot of experience and his trainer Robert Frankel wanted to run him in the World Cup! Remember that Frankel will see this race as Lido Palace s biggest chance of the first half of the season. He probably comes her in top shape and if Street Cry is still a notch or two below his top form, Lido Palace could well beat him. Lido Palace won Grade Ones over 7.5, 8, 8.5 and 11 furlongs in Chile. A versatile, top class horse, with Jerry Bailey in the saddle. Who can ask for more?
TAPATIO, a top class runner in Argentina last year and like Lido Palace an older horse, is also a horse to consider. He won the Arentinian Derby (G1) by 4 lengths, and has lost only twice in seven starts. Tapatio could well be just as good at Lido Palace and he is a good each way-bet in England, where his price dropped from 25-1 to 16-1 on Friday night.
EXPRESS TOUR ran to GF 109+ to win the Florida Stallion Stakes (In Reality Div.) at Calder last year, before Godolphin snapped him up. He is perhaps their back-up horse for the Kentucky Derby, but the big stable also run ASLAAF (wide margin winner over this distance last time), the filly QAWAQEB (who beat Alsaaf one start prior to that, and who was third to a certain Point Given in a maiden last year), ATLANTIS PRINCE (an unbeaten G2 winner rated GF 112), CELTIC SILENCE (impressive winner at Ascot last summer, one for Epsom in June?) and MARHOOB (beautifully bred winner of his only start).
Of these ATLANTIS PRINCE is by far the most accomplished runner. He put up a strong performance when beating Turnberry Isle in the Royal Lodge Stakes over a a mile, after leading from start to finish. It is hard to say if he will stay any further, the outcome of today s race will probably influence where he goes next. Back to a mile, or to Kentucky for the world s most gruelling mile and a quarter.
STREET CRY LIDO PALACE TAPATIO (CELTIC SILENCE)
BANKERS OF THE DAY: SUNLINE and CHINA VISIT
BEST BET: SERENITA
BEST E/W: ACROSS THE BOARD: ENDLESS HALL
1.20pm British time - Godolphin Mile
16-Blu Air Force,
9-Festival Of Light,
20-One Won One,
2pm UAE Derby
N/R-No Excuse Needed,
2.40pm Dubai Sheema Classic
12-Give The Slip,
3.50pm Dubai Golden Shaheen
16-Gold World Winner
25-Pitu Da Guanabara,
4.30pm Dubai Duty Free
40-Crisos II Monaco,
9/2-Fairy King Prawn
9/2-Jim and Tonic,
5.15pm Emirates Dubai World Cup
7/4-Best of The Bests,
25-To The Victory
WILLIAM HILL ODDS
2.40pm Sheema Classic (12F Turf):
15-8 Fantastic Light (from 7-4),
10-1 Endless Hall,
11-1 Give The Slip,
14-1 Caitano, Catella,
28-1 Crimson Quest, Inchlonaig,
33-1 Island House, Kutub, Stay Gold, Murghem,
3.50pm Golden Shaheen, (6F Dirt):
7-2 Caller One (from 10-3), Nuclear Debate,
6-1 Men s Exclusive, Serenita,
8-1 Bertolini (from10), Morluc,
16-1 Three Points,
20-1 Gold World Winner,
33-1 Andreyev, Bomber Hill, Pitu da Guanabara,
4.30pm Dubai Duty Free, (9F Turf):
9-2 Jim And Tonic (from 5),
5-1 Fairy King Prawn,
12-1 Arkadian Hero, Slickly,
14-1 Golden Silca, Mahfooth, Ladies Din, Sumitas,
22-1 Swallow Flight,
25-1 Happy Diamond, Shamrock City,
50-1 Crisos il Monaco,
50-1 Eagle Cafe,
5.15pm DUBAI WORLD CUP (10 F Dirt):
7-4 Best Of The Bests,
15-8 Captain Steve (from 7-4),
5-1 Aptitude (from 6),
12-1 Ekraar (from 14),
25-1 State Shinto, To The Victory,
40-1 Early Warning, Aristotle,
50-1 Regular Member,
66-1 Sei Mi
2001 MARTELL NATIONAL : 12-1 Earthmover, Mely Moss, 16-1 Beau, Noble Lord, 20-1 Smarty, 25-1 Browjoshy, Dark Stranger, Inn At The Top, Moral Support, Paddys Return, Take Control, 33-1 Addington Boy, Djeddah, Edmond, General Wolfe, Northern Starlight, Red Ark, Red Marauder, The Last Fling, 40-1 BAR
2001 SAGITTA TWO THOUSAND GUINEAS : 7-2 Nayef, 5-1 Tobougg, 7-1 Minardi, 12-1 Tamburlaine, 14-1 Rumpold, 16-1 West Order, 25-1 Amiwain, Atlantis Prince, Beckett, Celtic Silence, Clearing, Endless Summer, Golan, Mozart, Raneem, 33-1 BAR
2001 SAGITTA ONE THOUSAND GUINEAS : 6-1 Regal Rose, 8-1 Crystal Music, Enthused, Karasta, 10-1 Muwakleh, 12-1 Autumn Rythmn, 16-1 Quick To Please, 20-1 Flight Of Fancy, Sayedah, Sequoyah, 25-1 Ascension, Fallen Star, Imagine, Katherine Seymour, Khulan, La Passione, Mala Mala, Siringas, South Of Saturn, Summer Symphony, Tempting Fate, Toroca, 33-1 BAR
2001 VODAFONE DERBY : 10-1 Nayef, 12-1 Galileo, Golan, 14-1 Hemingway, 16-1 Dilshaan, Tobougg, 20-1 Celtic Silence, 25-1 Atlantis Prince, Beckett, Equerry, Milan, Perigee Moon, Rumpold, Vacamonte, Wareed, 33-1 BAR
2001 VODAFONE OAKS : 7-1 Autumn Rythmn, 14-1 Karasta, 16-1 Crystal Music, Imagine, Sayedah, 20-1 Flight Of Fancy, Quick To Please, Relish The Thought, 25-1 Muwakleh, Summer Symphony, 33-1 Goncharova, Hotelgenie Dot Com, La Passione, Time Away, (Others Upon Application)
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