Meydan Feb 1st

Since I don’t want to do the same work twice I will post my naps for Meydan in English. Sry for that.

We start off flying with a Group 2 over 1 mile and a furlong over Meydan’s turf course. Benbatl won Singspiel Stakes (Gr.3) here three weeks ago and clearly holds Light The Lights and Bay of Poets. Bravo Zolo is stepping up in trip but has Listed form from France over the distance and should be capable of grabbing second. The dark horse in the race and clearly one for the exactas is Earnshaw. After a slow start he wasn’t that far behind Benbatl latest and with a better start this time he could go close. Earnshaw is clearly the value of the race with Benbatl already odds-on.
Result, Benbatl easily.

The next race is a six-furlong handicap on the grass with three Scandinavian horses. Viscount Barfield flopped in his first start for Niels Petersen and could only improve from that poor effort. Still not a likely contender. Land’s End, trained by Francisco Castro, has a good draw in the middle and a rider who knows the trainer and has ridden the horse before. He should find quite a few horses better handicapped and is best watched this time. Tinnitus from Niels Petersen is two pounds better of now, but will need to drop more in order to find a race. Sir Maximilian is an old top-class sprinter who hinted at some form latest and could be the one at a price. It is very hard to separate Godolphin’s two runners with a stone between them. They won’t be far away at the finish.
Result, Sir Maximilian came in third bringing in a handsome each way price. We won’t mention the Scandies

A dirt handicap with 60 000 pounds to the winner over 1 mile. Shame on all the trainers with horses down in Dubai who is not starting in this one. Easier money is hard to find. Kimbaer looked really good last time out but the American shouldn’t have the class of Boynton (More Than Ready-Baffled/Distorted Humor). Interesting duel and tremendous value for the class players.
Result. Totally correct and what a fantastic price!

7-furlong Group 2 on the grass. Did you watch D’bai last time out? I did. He will win again. Sure, it was a handicap, but he did outrun his mark by quite a lot and should be able to battle down Championship for the win here.
Appelby sure won, but with Jungle Cat!

/ furlong dirt handicap. I like to follow Rodaini again and the gelding should go close with a better start or a more patient ride this time. He is handling the surface. Yalta attracted a lot of support latest but the step up in trip is puzzling.
Yalta much better this time but no chance with the winner, Drafted

A turf handicap over the classic distance is the last race on the card. Janszoon (Scandinavian name) has done nothing wrong so far this campaign but will have to fight four good horses from Godolphin. It is very hard to distinguish between the favorites so my money will go on Janszoon. Efesos from Bent Olsen’s stable will be the rank outsider.
Five horses in a photo finish. Janszoon third. Godolphin won four out of six races

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