The Haiku Handicapper: 2011 Dubai World Cup Card

Master of Hounds (#5) and Mantoba (#3) will each vie for their first graded stakes victories in the U.A.E. Derby at Meydan Racecourse.

The Haiku Handicapper is mixing it up for this year’s Dubai World Cup.

With solid fields in each of the eight races on the evening’s card, this year’s analysis of Meydan’s signature event will focus on the winners of each race, instead of the individual horses in select contests.

The betting options are robust for this year’s Dubai World Cup, and with so many horses coming from places not normally seen by American bettors, the intrigue level is sky high. If online wagering were legal in Michigan, I would be playing this card with both fists. Instead, I will be making my picks for pride alone, which still isn’t bad if they all come in.

Let’s have a look at the selections…

Race #1 – Dubai Kahayla Classic (Arabians)
Spotlight on Purebreds
No Risk Al Maury looks best
Watch for Dariya

Race #2 – Al Quoz Sprint
J J The Jet Plane
Continues globetrotting run
With a short-priced win

Race #3 – Godolphin Mile
A one-turn mile
Ripe with U.S. invaders
Zafeen Speed upsets

Race #4 – U.A.E. Derby
Field of wild cards
Looks like a g’day for Reem
Who outruns the Hounds

Race #5 – Dubai Golden Shaheen
A Shaheen rematch
Kinsale King and Rocket Man
Title changes hands

Race #6 – Dubai Duty Free
Plenty of options
Mendip’s nice if he likes turf
But Presvis takes it

Race #7 – Dubai Sheema Classic
The marquee turf race
Well-traveled and travels well
Redwood’s roots run deep

Race #8 – Dubai World Cup
A land seeks heroes
Buena Vista tops Transcend
The Rising Sun shines

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4 responses to “The Haiku Handicapper: 2011 Dubai World Cup Card

  1. ragman

    Usually what you posted for a Japanese exacta causes horseplayers to kick their a** after the results are posted. Why not box 6,9,13 for the exacta and be covered?

  2. mibredclaimer

    Two reasons…
    1. I admit I overlooked Victorie Pisa a little bit. His so-so performances in the Japan Cup and Arc de Triomphe made me question whether he was a “World Elite” level horse.

    2. I ran out of syllables.

  3. ragman

    Did I miss Valient Tenobob? Thought he was running tonight.

  4. mibredclaimer

    He ran second on Sunday night. Sat back early, came into contention in the turn, looked like he could blow by the leaders, but lacked a closing kick and got left behind by the winner.

    Being as though he hasn’t had a start since last October, I’m really looking forward to seeing what he can do in his next start with a race under his belt. He made it from gate to wire without any sign of the fractiousness that plagued him in his 2yo campaign, so if he keeps his head on straight, he’ll be dangerous.

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