The Haiku Handicapper: Dubai Daily Double

I’m in a giving mood today and don’t feel like tackling the list of things I should be doing right now, so I have decided to double my output on the haiku end of things. It makes perfect sense.

With this Saturday being Dubai World Cup day, it seemed fitting to tackle more than one of the multi-million dollar races. Aside from the obvious choice of the $ 6 million Dubai World Cup itself, I decided to look at the big Derby prep on the Dubai path to Louisville, the $2 million U.A.E. Derby – featuring the last man standing in Shiekh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s once formidable three-year-old stable, Desert Party. In order to save room on the front page, I have placed the U.A.E. Derby segment behind the jump, so be sure not to miss it.

Also, consider this your two minute warning to vote in the “Where would you like to see the next season of ‘Jockeys’ held” poll. Barring some outstanding event, I will discuss the results and perhaps offer a new question next time we convene.

Enough housekeeping, let’s get to the races…

Dubai World Cup

No Curlin this year
American hopes look slim
Can’t win every time

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#1 – Muhannak (Ire)
Marathon winner
On a cold streak since Cup win
Might not like surface

#2 – Arson Squad
Hits wall in Grade 1s
Closer’s form going wrong way
Would be a surprise

#3 – Snaffy
Steady improvement
Has come alive in Dubai
Best as a sprinter

#4 – Asiatic Boy (Arg)
A Dubai mainstay
Loves the track, no layoff rust
It’s his race to lose

#5 – Happy Boy (Brz)
Runs well, but bridesmaid
Can’t get past Dubai’s elite
Worth glance for super

#6 – Gloria de Campeao (Brz)
Well back last World Cup
Had to drop class to compete
Behind the field’s best

#7 – Well Armed
Third in last year’s race
Could be working into form
Uncle Sam’s best shot?

#8 – Casino Drive
Belmont streak breaker
Disappears in global tests
Shouldn’t be a threat

#9 – Joe Louis (Arg)
Falls flat in Dubai
Arabian heavyweight
Would need knockout race

#10 – Albertus Maximus
Comes off two big wins
Only question is distance
Should be there near end

#11 – Muller (Arg)
Arabia’s best
Won’t break sweat at ten panels
Can Saudi class rate?

#12 – Anak Nakal
Can’t hit board in Grade 1s here
No chance on world stage

#13 – Paris Perfect (SAf)
Ran huge in King’s Cup
Would rather see him on turf
Could shock, but doubt it

#14 – My Indy (Arg)
The Sheikh’s lone Cup hope
Came back big after layoff
Will the post trump class?

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Who gets the big check?
The four gets his World Cup win
Ten, fourteen, the tri

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Now let’s take a look at the U.A.E. Derby…

U.A.E. Derby

The Sheikh’s Derby prep
Spending spree went belly-up
Still not lacking shots

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#1 – Regal Ransom
Sheikh Mo’s second best
Dropped two to Desert Party
Should be a hat trick

#2 – I Am The Best (GB)
The field’s only Brit
Shows little in stakes races
Also-ran fodder

#3 – Lelah Dorak (KSA)
Runs a fast mile
Dominates his Saudi foes
Hard one to ignore

#4 – Muy Ponderado (Arg)
Argentine expat
Distance no issue, class is
Others more likely

#5 – Desert Party
He’s the Sheikh’s ace now
Class wins, ought to like distance
Should punch Derby card

#6 – Redding Colliery
He’s like Groundhog Day
Two straight thirds to Dubai’s best
The streak should end here

#7 – So Shiny (Arg)
Four-year-old filly
Blown out in U.A.E. Oaks
Nice horse, not her race

#8 – Ra Junior
Makes his dirt debut
No big time experience
Painfully outclassed

#9 – Balcarce Nov (Arg)
Argentine sprinter
Has shown no taste for long runs
Time to look elsewhere

#10 – Jose Adan
Arlington transplant
Godolphin Stable’s third string
He doesn’t stand out

#11 – Soy Libriano (Arg)
Uruguay import
Has a win at the distance
Could be dangerous

#12 – Naval Officer
Dominant in France
How will he handle the dirt?
Post should do him in

#13 – Paso de Gloria (Arg)
Brought in from Peru
Age gap didn’t help last out
Don’t like what I see

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Who’s desert’s hottest?
The Party goes on ’till May
one, then eleven


Filed under The Haiku Handicapper, Triple Crown

2 responses to “The Haiku Handicapper: Dubai Daily Double

  1. Tim

    got one, for a rainy Dubai.

    High above mucky-muck
    Like Tenacious D sings it
    Muller upset win

  2. mibredclaimer

    D reference, FTW! I wish Jack Black would get himself and KG (and perhaps Dave Grohl) back in the studio and record another proper album. Heck, I’d even settle for an EP of Spider-Man improvs.

    I must say, the more I look at Muller, the worse I feel about leaving about leaving him out of my top three. That 10-for-13 on an off track is insane, and if it’s raining as much as it sounds in Dubai, he might get a chance to pad that stat.

    The only thing that keeps me from pulling the trigger on him is I don’t know how the level of competition he faced in Saudi Arabia stacks up against what he will face in the World Cup. I’m not saying it’s the case here, but a horse can stomp all over Manor Downs, but that doesn’t mean he’s ready to tackle the Breeders’ Cup. I suppose I need to study further on the Middle East racing scene so I can make a more informed judgement.

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