Meydan’s second Carnival meeting of the week, on Saturday, stages two pattern races; the Group 3 Firebreak Stakes and the Group 2 UAE 2000 Guineas. The former, run over a mile on dirt, is worth paying attention to, as two of the last three winners, Tamarkuz and Variety Club, have gone on to land the Group 2 Godolphin Mile on World Cup night....
Meydan stages two Carnival meetings this week, and Thursday’s action is very competitive, although with 12 Godolphin runners on the card, it could again be a good night for the home team.
Week five of the Carnival is on us already and the competition has taken its toll, with smaller fields across the seven Meydan races on Thursday. The feature race, Group 2 Maktoum Challenge Round 2, isn’t the strongest for the grade and despite a wide draw in nine, it’s hard to oppose Le Bernardin. A dual winner of Round I, over a mile, the step up to nine furlongs here won’t be an issue and he demonstrated last time that he can be held up.
Meydan hosts seven competitive races on Thursday, with the feature being the Group 2 Al Fahidi Fort over seven furlongs. Eight run, including the 2015 winner, Anaerobio, who goes up against stablemate Noah From Goa. Both have chances on their best form, but trainer Mike de Kock says the latter is only “80 per cent” fit, so it may be better to side with one we know is on song and ready to go.