Free Horse Racing Tips for Meydan - 7th March

Horse racing at Meydan continues its build-up towards the Dubai World Cup and Saturday’s meeting (March 7) features two Group 1s in the Jebel Hatta Sponsored by Emirates Airline and the Al Maktoum Challenge R3 Sponsored By Emirates Airline. The meeting then concludes with the Group 2 Dubai City Of Gold Sponsored By Emirates Skycargo.

Check out our trends, analysis, and free tips for Meydan.

Jebel Hatta Sponsored by Emirates Airline (14.20)

Godolphin-trained horses have won five of the last seven editions of this 9-furlong race that is run on the turf track at Meydan, and it will be something of a shock if the boys in blue don’t win the 2020 Jebel Hatta.

Saeed Bin Suroor is the race’s top trainer with six wins, including the first three renewals between 2000 and 2002. He also won the race in 2013 and 2015, whilst Dream Castle returns to try and win back-to-back renewals after becoming Suroor’s latest winner last year.

Dream Castle is the second-favourite but, having been beaten in two Group 2s already at Meydan this season, he needs to take a step forward if he’s to win this. But he still looks to have a better chance than Suroor’s other runner Royal Meeting.

Godolphin’s other main trainer Charlie Appleby runs three horses. Spotify ran creditably when second to Meydan’s highest-rated horse last time and looks to fared well in the draw with stall one. But he’s shown form at up to 12-furlongs and looks likely to be out-speeded in the closing stages.

Stablemate Barney Roy beat is the favourite to take this prize, and he beat Dream Castle easily on his Meydan debut last time. He should improve for that run, and it’s worth remembering that he was good enough to win the Group 1 St James’s Place Stakes in England. The fact William Buick rides suggests he’s the stable’s number one hope and it will be no surprise if he wins.

However, the value bet in the race could be an each-way punt on Magic Lily. She’s taking on the boys for the first time, but she clocked a very similar time to Barney Roy last time over course and distance. She also carried 9-3 to victory, whilst Barney Roy carried 9-0, and the filly only carries 8-9 this time. She’s also drawn inside both Barney Roy and Dream Castle and this progressive filly is taken to get first run.

Tip: Magic Lily (Each-Way) @ 7.50 BetVictor, Paddy Power

Al Maktoum Challenge R3 Sponsored By Emirates Airline (14.55)

The second group 1 on Saturday’s Meydan card over 10-furlongs looks to be lacking its usual strength in depth, and that’s probably because of last week’s Saudi Cup.

Just seven runners are set to go to post, and that means that the likes of Quip and Saltarin Dubai won’t be as inconvenienced by the draw as they were last time. Saltarin Dubai has especially fared well in stall-one and it will be interesting to see whether he gets an easy lead. However, Matterhorn may also go forward on his second run at Meydan, now that he doesn’t have to face Capezzano.

But if Saltarin Dubai and Matterhorn do take each other on for the lead, that should play into the hands of the quickly improving Military Law. The 5-year-old only looked an average handicapper three starts ago but he seemed to relish stepping up to 10-furlongs when beating Saltarin Dubai. He then ran with great credit over 9-furlongs behind Benbatl and should appreciate the step back up in distance.

Tip: Military Law @ 2.62 William Hill or BetVictor

Dubai City Of Gold Sponsored By Emirates Skycargo (15.30)

Defoe sets the bar high here after his wins in last season’s Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Group 1 Coronation Cup at Epsom, but the big question is will run up that sort of form first time out on in Dubai. He has won on two previous seasonal debuts, but they were much lower-class races, and he needed a couple of runs to reach his peak last season.

Admittedly, there isn’t that many horses to contemplate taking him on with, but Desert Encounter is certainly no mug. He was in fine form at the end of last season and, though he disappointed last time at Meydan, that run should have put him spot on as he steps back up to his preferred distance of 12-furlong. That means he’s fancied to the edge out Defoe at a value price.

Tip: Desert Encounter @ 5.00 Ladbrokes, Coral