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Dubai World Cup 2018 Tips

It’s World Cup day in Dubai and the first big race on an exceptional card is the Gold Cup over two miles.

Dubai Gold Cup     

Dual winner Vazirabad has every chance of completing the hat-trick today, but he was beaten by the fast improving RARE RHYTHM over a slightly shorter trip last time out and that horse has a good chance of confirming the form over this longer distance today.

Of those at double figure prices, TORCEDOR looks interesting for Jessie Harrington as he was a big improver last season over this sort of trip. He was second to top stayer, Order Of St George, on two occasions and there may be more to come.

Rare Rhythm (win)1.50 Meydan10/3Ladbrokes
Torcedor (ew)1.50 Meydan18/1Ladbrokes

All odds quoted are subject to change

UAE Derby     

The UAE Derby follows and there are a trio of runners from Aiden O’Brien’s yard.

Mendelssohn is the pick on form, but the value may lie in backing SEAHENGE and THREEANDFOURPENCE each way as either or both may relish encountering dirt for the first time. With nine runners, the race has a decent each way feel to it.

Seahenge (ew)2.30 Meydan16/1Ladbrokes
Threeandfourpence (ew)2.30 Meydan16/1Ladbrokes

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Al Quoz Sprint     

Bet of the day looks to be Godolphin’s BLUE POINT in the Sprint. He beat the course record at Ascot last season when seeing off the classy Harry Angel and he looked to have the perfect prep for this when second to the now absent Ertijaal on his comeback here just over five weeks ago.

We also can’t resist going over a cliff one more time with WASHINGTON DC. He surely has a big race in him and these look to be his ideal conditions. He’ll hopefully comeback better than ever after his latest winter break.

Blue Point (win)3.05 Meydan6/5Betfair
Washington DC (ew)3.05 Meydan33/1Betfair

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Dubai Turf     

The Turf at 4.35pm looks a real classic and we like another O’Brien runner here, LANCASTER BOMBER, who ran a blinder at the Breeders’ Cup. He backed that effort up with a fifth in the Hong Kong mile and will surely be getting back to winning ways soon.

In a wide open contest, it may also pay to back MONARCHS GLEN and TRAIS FLUORS. The former hasn’t looked the easiest of rides in the past, but this Frankel colt has been gelded over the winter and that could make all the difference.

Trais Fluors represents a trainer whose globetrotters always have to be respected. He is lightly raced and should be spot on for this after a recent all weather run.

Betfred and Paddy Power are both offering 4 places for each way bets on this race.

Lancaster Bomber (ew)4.35 Meydan10/1Betfred
Monarchs Glen (ew)4.35 Meydan12/1Paddy Power
Trais Fluors (ew)4.35 Meydan9/1Paddy Power

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Dubai Sheema Classic     

Another Fabre runner, CLOTH OF STARS, ran on that same all weather card in preparation for the Classic and he looks the one to beat following his second in last season’s Arc.

At a monster price, don’t rule out DESERT ENCOUNTER, who was a revelation last season and loves quick ground. He picked up the pieces late on in a few big races last season and may sneak into the frame by doing the same here.

Cloth Of Stars (win)5.10 Meydan3/1Betfair
Desert Encounter (ew)5.10 Meydan66/1Bet365

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Dubai World Cup     

The card ends as always with the World Cup and recent course and distance winner, NORTH AMERICA, could be the one to upset the hot favourite, West Coast.

If you’re looking for a big priced winner to get you out of trouble then Mubtaahij and PAVEL are both outsiders worthy of consideration. Slight preference is for Pavel, who has apparently made significant progress over the winter and who ran well on his re-appearance.

North America (ew)5.50 Meydan13/2Betfair
Pavel (ew)5.50 Meydan14/1Betfair

All odds quoted are subject to change