15:40 Meydan
Al Rashidiya sponsored by Emirates Global Aluminium (Group 2) (Turf) 3yo+
Al Rashidiya sponsored by Emirates Global Aluminium (Group 2) (Turf) 3yo+
Going:
Good
Good
Distance: 1m 1f Runners: 9
Flat Turf
Good 1m 1f
Quite an interesting race and it could be a case of who picks up best out of Blair House and DREAM CASTLE, with the latter taken to come out on top. The selection had been headstrong and a weak finisher, so frustrating to follow, but the raw talent has always been there and he was more professional when coming good in a C&D Group 3 on his return. That came off a ten-month break and was his first start since being gelded, and he settled nicely despite a wide trip, before quickening well, looking a reformed character. If in the same form it's likely he'll be hard to deny. Bay Of Poets and Deauville could also get a piece of the prize.[Ron Wood]
SPOTLIGHT Dream Castle
No Runner Rating Previous Odds Odds Each Way 1/5 1-2-3
3 (3)
Dream CastleCD
C Soumillon/S bin Suroor
Age: 5
Weight: 9-0
Spotlight Form: 7350-1
128
15/8
SP
Was frustrating, smart yet hard to win with, but got it right in C&D Group 3 Singspiel on recent return, when quickening off steady pace (covered most ground but pace only really picked up in the straight); that was first start since gelded and he settled much better, enabling that late kick; trainer won the Singspiel last year with Benbatl who followed up in this.
  • Date
    Race conditions
    Weight
    Analysis
    Jockey
    OR
    TS
    RPR
  • 03/01/19
    Mey 9Gd G3,94K
    9-0
    1/16 1 1/2l, Racing History[12/1]9-0
    Christophe Soumillon
    111
    73
    114
  • 10/03/18
    Mey 8Fs G3,89K
    9-0
    11/13 35l, Kimbear[10/1]9-0 v
    Pat Cosgrave
    109
    30
  • 22/02/18
    Mey 8Gd G2,111K
    9-0
    5/10 3l, Janoobi[9/4F]9-0 cp
    Pat Cosgrave
    110
    93
    106
  • 01/02/18
    Mey 7Gd G2,111K
    9-0
    3/9 1 1/4l, Jungle Cat[13/2]9-0
    Pat Cosgrave
    110
    98
    112
  • 18/01/18
    Mey 8Gd Hc,60K
    9-6
    7/16 7 1/2l, Salsabeel[9/4J]9-0
    Pat Cosgrave
    111
    84
    99
  • 03/09/17
    Vel 8GS G2,231K
    9-3
    2/10 1l, Wonnemond[1/20F]9-6
    Gerald Mosse
    111
1 (1)
Blair HouseCDBF
James Doyle/C Appleby
Age: 6
Weight: 9-0
Spotlight Form: 10427-
131
5/2
SP
Second in a couple of 1m2f handicaps (including behind Leshlaa), before winning handicap and Group 1 over this trip last carnival; short-head second in Australian Group 1 in October; likes challenging from off the pace, so things have to go his way, but strong claims on his best form.
  • Date
    Race conditions
    Weight
    Analysis
    Jockey
    OR
    TS
    RPR
  • 10/11/18
    Fle 10Gd G1,697K
    9-4
    7/10 5 1/4l, Trap For Fools[29/20F]9-4 bl
    William Buick
    101
  • 13/10/18
    Cau 10Gd G1,348K
    9-4
    2/11 Benbatl[11/1]9-4 bl
    James Doyle
    117
  • 30/09/18
    Cau 9Gd G1,261K
    9-4
    4/9 2 1/2l, Homesman[4/1]9-4 bl
    James McDonald
    107
  • 31/03/18
    Mey 9Gd G1,2667K
    9-0
    10/15 12l, Benbatl[12/1]9-0 bl
    William Buick
    115
    54
    99
  • 10/03/18
    Mey 9Gd G1,133K
    9-0
    1/11 3/4l, Benbatl[16/1]9-0 bl
    James Doyle
    107
    69
    115
  • 17/02/18
    Mey 9Gd Hc,56K
    9-2
    1/12 2 3/4l, Mountain Hunter[3/1]9-6 bl
    James Doyle
    101
    72
    107
6 (6)
Racing History
Kevin Stott/S bin Suroor
Age: 7
Weight: 9-0
Spotlight Form: 23/6-2
128
8/1
SP
Won 1m2f Windsor Group 3 and fourth in Group 1 Champion Stakes in 2015; not stood much racing since; encouraging second to Dream Castle in C&D Group 3 latest, but had good track position.
  • Date
    Race conditions
    Weight
    Analysis
    Jockey
    OR
    TS
    RPR
  • 03/01/19
    Mey 9Gd G3,94K
    9-0
    2/16 1 1/2l, Dream Castle[25/1]9-0 v
    Kevin Stott
    108
    68
    111
  • 01/11/18
    Mun 12Sft G1,88K
    9-6
    6/7 24l, Iquitos[101/10]9-6 bl
    Adam Kirby
    79
  • 13/08/17
    Hop 12Gd G1,94K
    9-6
    3/7 4 1/2l, Dschingis Secret[4/1]9-6 cp
    Gerald Mosse
    111
  • 01/11/16
    Mun 12Sft G1,74K
    9-6
    2/9 1 3/4l, Guignol[61/10]9-6
    Ioritz Mendizabal
    111
  • 15/10/16
    ASC 10Gd Cl1 G1,737K
    9-5
    6/10 6 1/4l, Almanzor[16/1]9-0
    Silvestre De Sousa
    117
    81
    117
  • 17/10/15
    ASC 10GS Cl1 G1,771K
    9-0
    4/13 3 1/4l, Fascinating Rock[16/1]9-5
    James Doyle
    112
    112
    118
7 (7)
LeshlaaC
P Cosgrave/S bin Suroor
Age: 5
Weight: 9-0
Spotlight Form: 12066-
128
8/1
SP
Patchy record but thrashed Blair House to win carnival handicap last year, before second in Group 3, albeit that's 1m2f form; player if at best.
  • Date
    Race conditions
    Weight
    Analysis
    Jockey
    OR
    TS
    RPR
  • 19/06/18
    ASC 10GF Cl1 Lis,57K
    9-8
    6/16 3 1/4l, Monarchs Glen[20/1]9-8
    Christophe Soumillon
    111
    99
    113
  • 31/03/18
    Mey 9Gd G1,2667K
    9-0
    6/15 9 1/4l, Benbatl[40/1]9-0
    Christophe Soumillon
    112
    64
    105
  • 10/03/18
    Mey 9Gd G1,133K
    9-0
    11/11 12l, Blair House[15/2]9-0
    Pat Cosgrave
    112
    31
    90
  • 22/02/18
    Mey 10Gd G3,89K
    8-13
    2/10 Folkswood[7/4F]9-0
    Pat Cosgrave
    112
    79
    114
  • 08/02/18
    Mey 10Gd Hc,71K
    9-0
    1/14 4 1/4l, Blair House[17/2]8-10
    Pat Cosgrave
    105
    81
    113
  • 18/01/18
    Mey 10Gd Hc,78K
    9-0
    3/8 4l, Light The Lights[4/1]9-5
    Pat Cosgrave
    106
    78
    101
4 (4)
Bay Of PoetsD
B Doyle/C Appleby
Age: 5
Weight: 9-0
Spotlight Form: /620-5
124
9/1
SP
Not straightforward, and said to have bled at one point last term, but smart on his day; only sixth in the Singspiel on last year's return (raced wide), but then quickened for second in this race (winner later won Group 1); fifth in the Singspiel this time, when raced freely and saddle slipped; claims if this is one of his better days.
  • Date
    Race conditions
    Weight
    Analysis
    Jockey
    OR
    TS
    RPR
  • 03/01/19
    Mey 9Gd G3,94K
    9-0
    5/16 5l, Dream Castle[15/2]9-0
    Colm O'Donoghue
    110
    57
    104
  • 22/02/18
    Mey 8Gd G2,111K
    9-0
    10/10 14l, Janoobi[3/1]9-0 cp
    William Buick
    109
    60
    81
  • 01/02/18
    Mey 9Gd G2,89K
    9-0
    2/7 3 3/4l, Benbatl[7/1]9-0 cp
    James Doyle
    109
    52
    110
  • 11/01/18
    Mey 9Gd G3,78K
    8-13
    6/15 4l, Benbatl[5/1]8-13
    William Buick
    109
    68
    108
  • 16/09/17
    Msn 10VSft 3yG3,34K
    9-2
    4/6 4 3/4l, Recoletos[54/10]9-2
    Cristian Demuro
    16
    104
  • 18/08/17
    Cla 9Gd 3yLis,24K
    9-0
    1/5 1 3/4l, Born To Be Alive[23/5]9-0
    Cristian Demuro
    109
8 (8)
First Contact
C O'Donoghue/C Appleby
Age: 4
Weight: 8-13
Spotlight Form: 01231-
127
10/1
SP
Four 7f-1m wins in Europe last year, notably French Listed race in September; needs to progress again, and not bred for stamina, but possible contender for top yard.
  • Date
    Race conditions
    Weight
    Analysis
    Jockey
    OR
    TS
    RPR
  • 08/09/18
    Bor 8Gd 3yLis,24K
    9-3
    1/8 3/4l, Mythical Magic[EvensF]9-3
    James Doyle
    107
  • 21/08/18
    Dea 8GS 3yG3,35K
    9-0
    3/5 6l, Glorious Journey[23/10]9-0
    James Doyle
    45
    98
  • 31/07/18
    Dea 8Gd 3yLis,24K
    8-13
    2/11 1/4l, Masaarr[23/5]8-13
    James Doyle
    4
    107
  • 14/07/18
    NMK 8GF 3yCl2Hc,25K
    9-7
    1/9 2 1/2l, Curiosity[4/1]9-3
    James Doyle
    100
    94
    113
  • 21/06/18
    ASC 8GF 3yCl2Hc,75K
    9-5
    11/30 6 1/2l, Ostilio[11/1]8-9
    William Buick
    100
    67
    96
  • 25/03/18
    DON 7Sft 3yCl5,4K
    9-9
    1/13 3l, Robsdelight[10/11F]8-13
    William Buick
    83
    93
9 (9)
Deauville
A Vries/F Nass
Age: 6
Weight: 9-0
Spotlight Form: 2623-0
129
14/1
SP
Was smart for Aidan O'Brien, notably won 2016 Grade 1 Belmont Derby; modest strike-rate overall and didn't offer much in C&D Group 3 on first run for these connections, when he faded after going forward early, but he'd hold leading claims if back to form; headgear off, so perhaps switching to waiting tactics now, and jockey can ride this track extremely well.
  • Date
    Race conditions
    Weight
    Analysis
    Jockey
    OR
    TS
    RPR
  • 03/01/19
    Mey 9Gd G3,94K
    9-0
    11/16 9 3/4l, Dream Castle[10/1]9-0 v
    Luke Morris
    115
    41
    94
  • 15/09/18
    LEO 10GF G1,631K
    9-7
    3/7 3l, Roaring Lion[40/1]9-1 bl
    Wayne Lordan
    109
    57
    115
  • 26/08/18
    CUR 10Y G3,33K
    9-6
    2/7 Beautiful Morning[11/4]9-3 cp
    Ryan Moore
    110
    37
    109
  • 12/08/18
    Arl 10Fm G1,431K
    9-0
    6/9 4l, Robert Bruce[17/2]8-10 cp
    Ryan Moore
    111
  • 19/07/18
    LEO 9GF G3,33K
    9-9
    2/4 1/4l, Turret Rocks[2/1]9-6 cp
    Donnacha O'Brien
    114
    61
    106
  • 19/06/18
    ASC 8GF Cl1 G1,367K
    9-0
    12/15 5 3/4l, Accidental Agent[16/1]9-0 cp
    Donnacha O'Brien
    116
    69
    105
5 (5)
EuginioD
F Veron/F Nass
Age: 5
Weight: 9-0
Spotlight Form: 75151-
127
16/1
SP
Five wins for Richard Hannon in Britain, notably 1m1f Group 3 Darley Stakes at Newmarket in October, before sold for 400,000gns; seems to be second string on jockey bookings for local introduction.
  • Date
    Race conditions
    Weight
    Analysis
    Jockey
    OR
    TS
    RPR
  • 13/10/18
    NMK 9GF Cl1 G3,34K
    9-3
    1/6 1/4l, Forest Ranger[13/2]9-8
    Hayley Turner
    108
    89
    110
  • 22/09/18
    NBY 11Sft Cl1 G3,34K
    9-3
    5/7 5l, Young Rascal[20/1]9-0
    David Egan
    108
    39
    108
  • 12/09/18
    DON 10GS Cl2,12K
    9-2
    1/4 1 1/2l, Emirates Flyer[11/8]9-2
    Ryan Moore
    108
    38
    107
  • 25/08/18
    WDR 11Gd Cl1 Lis,21K
    9-5
    5/5 7 3/4l, Desert Encounter[14/1]9-5 bl
    Pat Dobbs
    110
    36
    100
  • 28/07/18
    YOR 10GS Cl1 G2,68K
    9-6
    7/7 11 1/2l, Thundering Blue[9/1]9-6 bl
    Tom Marquand
    110
    71
    87
  • 06/07/18
    SAN 10GF Cl1 Lis,23K
    9-7
    4/5 1l, Mustashry[7/4F]9-7 bl
    Silvestre De Sousa
    110
    73
    111
2 (2)
ArodD
J Crowley/D Simcock
Age: 8
Weight: 9-0
Spotlight Form: 2128-0
128
33/1
SP
Was good on his day but pulled hard off slow pace when failing to beat a rival in C&D Group 3 latest; that was first start in 131 days, and best form from the front, so could do better if able to dominate, but others preferred.
  • Date
    Race conditions
    Weight
    Analysis
    Jockey
    OR
    TS
    RPR
  • 03/01/19
    Mey 9Gd G3,94K
    9-0
    16/16 25l, Dream Castle[28/1]9-0
    Jim Crowley
    108
    61
  • 25/08/18
    GOO 8Gd Cl1 G2,71K
    9-4
    8/8 3l, Beat The Bank[10/1]9-7
    Harry Bentley
    109
    88
    106
  • 15/06/18
    YOR 8GF Cl1 Lis,28K
    9-10
    2/5 1/4l, Sovereign Debt[5/6F]9-7
    Oisin Murphy
    110
    88
    110
  • 14/05/18
    WDR 8Gd Cl1 Lis,21K
    9-5
    1/7 1/4l, Oh This Is Us[9/2]9-5
    Oisin Murphy
    108
    93
    114
  • 01/05/18
    KEM 7St Cl3,9K
    9-2
    2/5 1/4l, Jallota[9/4]9-9
    Oisin Murphy
    108
    83
    100
  • 16/09/17
    Woo 8Fm G1,289K
    8-5
    5/12 3 1/2l, World Approval[51/1]8-12
    Harry Bentley
    108
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