IT was a little bit of a frustrating day last week with Mountain Hunter, who I thought would be hard to beat at Meydan, unable to show his best after being held up off a slow pace.
However, I’m looking forward to seeing some of our best runners in action in the Al Rashidiya (3.40) and Al Fahidi Fort (4.50) and I think we’ve got some very strong chances too.
We don’t have any runners in the first race on the card but there is a lot of expectation surrounding Faatinah for David Hayes and Jim Crowley. He was an impressive winner over course and distance on his first start since leaving Australia and they think he will be tough to beat again. He has to give Hit The Bid 3lb but they think he has come on for that first run.
Dream Castle, Racing History & Leshlaa (3.40)
Dream Castle is going to win this race. He’s a proper little horse and much the best of our three runners. He’d had a long time off before he won here on his comeback and they’ve really looked after him out here and he’s flourishing. Saeed’s horses have all tended to need the run out here so to do what he did first time up, especially having a trip that was far from ideal, was really impressive in my opinion. He absolutely flew home the last day and I can’t see why he won’t win again. We won the race with Benbatl last year and it’d be nice if this horse could follow the same sort of path as he did.
Top Score (4.50)
I ride this horse every morning and he’s done nothing but improve in the last couple of weeks. He always tries very hard in his races and I think he probably hit the front a bit too soon when second to Another Batt last time. He has to be ridden to be delivered late and he tends to be slowly away. Being drawn one should help him slot into a good position on the rail and he shouldn’t be able to get to the front until where it matters. I love this horse and I think he can run a really good race although there are some tough opposition, like D’Bai who has been running in Group 1s and 2s. It’s about getting those breaks but if he does then he’ll go really well.
Bin Battuta (5.25)
I haven’t ridden him but I was out with him the other morning and he looks a million dollars, so well in his coat and his training. He’d had nearly 500 days off before he ran out here last time and won so you have to think he’d have come on for that run. The horses are well managed out here so I wouldn’t have any concerns about him bouncing on his second start back. He only led in the closing stages as well so didn’t have a hard race either. I like him a lot.