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Dubai World Cup Night Betting Preview Part Two

A.J. Ryder
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 18:59

Continuing on with our full coverage and preview for the upcoming Dubai World Cup day on Saturday, here’s a few observations on the other three races prior to the big race.

Golden Shaheen

The day’s smallest field will likely line up for the Golden Shaheen as ten contenders will go 6f over the synthetic surface. The even-money favourite is Rocket Man (Viscount) who lines up for the Patrick Shaw yard. He finished a tough second to JJ The Jet Plane (Jet Master) last time out at Sha Tin. The respected Australian-bred has never finished outside the top two and will be coming back here to avenge his loss to Kinsale King (Yankee Victor) in last year’s iteration of this contest.

Kinsale King didn’t have the best of 2010’s after such a high-...

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Dubai World Cup Night Betting Preview Part One

A.J. Ryder
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 18:58

While most punters will have their eyes firmly-fixed on the feature this Saturday, there are a number of other exciting contests set to unfold on Dubai World Cup night this Saturday. We’ll be taking an early look at the other major races that include a number of high-quality group level encounters on turf and Tapeta.

Al Quoz Sprint

This Group 2 turf clash has an early field of 16 set to go 5f as South African high-flier JJ The Jet Plane (Jet Master) has been dominating the wagering forecasts for this contest since his presence was confirmed. At this point in time he’s as low as 7/4 for the outright score, having improved markedly in his second attempt at Meydan to score over a talented group of 12. The globetrotter made a major statement by taking the Group...

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2011 Dubai World Cup Contenders Preview: Buena Vista

A.J. Ryder
Monday, March 21, 2011 - 22:39

It’s almost cliché to discuss how a single horse can unite a nation under one umbrella, but it’s worth mentioning that all eyes will be firmly-fixed on Japanese mare Buena Vista (Special Week) as the Hiroyoshi Matsuda-trained miss will have a run at the 2011 Dubai World Cup this Saturday. You could only imagine the cheers and uplifted spirits on an island recovering from a nearly indescribable series of disasters if the Japanese-bred crosses the line first against a cadre of international racing superstars. That is the power of horse racing.

It won’t be a Dubai debut for the reigning Tenno Sho winner as she acquitted herself very well to take second in the Group 1 Sheema Classic on World Cup day last year. That prior run in Dubai, coupled with a lay-off...

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How to Become a Number One Fan

Sean Lind
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Monday, March 21, 2011 - 22:12

It’s one thing to like sports, but it takes a significant level of commitment and dedication before you can truly call yourself a fan.

Rising to the top spot as a team’s number one fan takes an entirely different level of commitment altogether.

If you want any shot at being a true #1 fan, you need to love your team above all else, including (but not limited to): family, dignity, reason, practicality and self-preservation. Once you’ve mastered the steps below you’ll be well on your way to becoming the true #1 fan, and achieving all of the glory that comes with it.

By glory, I mean standings-based mood swings and a potential five seconds of airtime during a match broadcast.

The road to becoming a number one fan can’t be...

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2011 Dubai World Cup Contenders Preview: Cape Blanco

A.J. Ryder
Monday, March 21, 2011 - 22:08

An undefeated two year-old campaign set Cape Blanco up nicely for a successful run at the European three year-old division in 2010 as the AP O’Brien-trained chestnut was able to notch prestigious scores in the Group 1 Irish Champion Stakes and the Irish Derby, in addition to a Group 2 score in the Dante Stakes at York.

During his three year-old season, he got the better of Rip Van Winkle (Galileo), Midas Touch (Galileo) and the venerable Workforce (King’s Best). The stretch out in distance in the Arc De Triomphe was an indication that he probably won’t excel past the 1m4f distance but finding the answers to those types of questions are what high-quality connections do.

This will be a seasonal debut for Cape Blanco and, without a run over the Meydan...

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2011 Dubai World Cup Contenders Preview: Twice Over

A.J. Ryder
Monday, March 21, 2011 - 21:43

With the world’s richest horse race less than a week away from us, we’ll be taking the next few days to get a firm gauge on how things are expected to shape up for this Saturday’s Dubai World Cup. A number of the leading ante post contenders have been withdrawn in recent days for a variety of reasons and, at the time of this writing, Snow Fairy (Intikhab), Bold Silvano (Silvano), and Byword (Peintre Celebre) have all been removed.

Twice Over (Observatory) remains the major betting favourite for this one and the Henry Cecil-trained six year-old horse made a major statement when conquering the third round of the Al Maktoum Challenge. This comes on the heels of his relatively forgettable run in 2010 when he finished a well-beaten tenth from fourteen.


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Cheltenham Festival Friday Full Preview

A.J. Ryder
Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 18:42

There was plenty of excellent action on display at Cheltenham on Thursday and the final day of the festival is now upon us. The forecast calls for heavy rain over night though the sun should be out on the course by the time punters begin showing up. It will be interesting to see whether the ground is still rated as soft once the Gold Cup is set to run.

JCB Triumph Hurdle

There’s a fairly big field going 2m1f in the openerand a number of exciting young contenders line up in this one. Sam Winner grabs the eye and will definitely be in the mix on the run-in. He trades as low as 7/1 while First Fandango is a supremely interesting option at a massive 50/1. He has just switched over to hurdles from a relatively successful flat career. He is undefeated over hurdles and...

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2011 Cheltenham Gold Cup Top Contenders

A.J. Ryder
Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 18:40

This is shaping up to be one of the most intriguing Cheltenham Gold Cup’s in many a year and the prospect of three past winners coming back makes it especially tantalizing. It’s also shaping up to be a fairly good betting race, which makes it the must-play fixture on the day’s card.

Imperial Commander is an impressive specimen and he boasts plenty of talent – that’s not in dispute. What is in dispute is the ability to come out and beat this talented field off a single run and a racecourse gallop. Connections will probably opt to put him just off the pace again but if the ground proves to be as soft as I expect tomorrow, he may wind up extending himself a bit too much and may not be able to maintain that rapid pace he likes as he goes over each...

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Dubai World Cup Top Contenders

A.J. Ryder
Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 18:37


The American contingent arrived in Dubai today and several of them will be having a go at the 2011 Dubai World Cup – the richest prize on thoroughbred racing. The annual face-off in Dubai brings together an absolutely impressive field from all four corners of the globe. Everybody’s here for the same reason and the field looks to have some standout contenders and a number of talented outsiders.

Twice Over (Observatory) certainly deserves his status as the betting favourite with a sensation score in his seasonal debut at Meydan. He’d been laid-off from October 16th to come back and score on March 3rd in the third round of the Al Maktoum Challenge – against one of the toughest fields assembled in that high-profile series. The ability to hit...

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Soft Going Forecasted For Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase

A.J. Ryder
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 19:13

The Cheltenham Festival showpiece is almost upon us and it’s going to be a very interesting story in this year’s Gold Cup as three former winners return to stake their claim. The going now appears to be one of the biggest stories going into the competition as it appears that 4-5mm of rain is in the forecast for Friday morning and the clerk of the course at Cheltenham has declared that we can likely expect going to be rated as soft should the forecast prove correct.

Imperial Commander clings to his status as the outright betting favourite but he’s lukewarm at a 7/2 price tag. He’s only been out once this year and he’s put in some really credible performances in the past but he flourished over good going last year and could struggle with the softer...

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