Godolphin’s TRYSTER has been given the perfect draw in stall two for his tilt at the Group One Dubai Turf at Meydan.
His outstanding turn of foot has seen him rack up a hat-trick of wins – the last two coming at Meydan in fine style (watch them below).
This race has been won in the last two years by exceptional horses in Japan’s Just A Way and France’s superstar miler Solow, who unfortunately misses this year’s renewal.
Meydan’s flat track and lighting fast ground demands a pacey horse and you’d be hard pushed to argue there’s a faster horse in the field than the selection.
In the following race, the Dubai Sheema Classic, King George and Prix Foy winner Postponed bids to follow up his fine reappearance win at Meydan with another Group One success.
I’ll admit to never particularly rating the horse before, but the ease he won last time out was striking and he’s a deserved favourite.
He’s just very short in the betting at 7/4, and it’s not hard to find a class horse to take him on with.
Ryan Moore rates HIGHLAND REEL his best chance of a winner on the card, and it’s hard to ignore his claims at 4/1.
He won the Hong Kong Vase impressively from Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe second Flintshire in December, and had the re-opposing Dariyan well-held in third.
Dariyan chased Postponed home last time out so there’s a collateral formline between the two that has them closely matched, but perhaps favouring Postponed.
It’s very close but the bet has to be Aidan O’Brien’s classy four-year-old at a far better price.
The two combine for a 15/1 double with Betfair Sportsbook and I’m backing them both as singles too.
1pt win Tryster @9/4, 15:45 Meydan, Saturday
1pt win Highland Reel @4/1, 16:10 Meydan, Saturday
0.5pt double Tryster and Highland Reel @15/1 (16.25), Meydan, Saturday