Horse Racing Tips | 25th March 2017

After tipping up Sizing John in the Gold Cup last week, Graeme Johnston is back with Saturday thoughts on Dubai.

12:50 Meydan

The Dubai Gold Cup is the big staying race of the Carnival and this is a really good race. French superstar Vazirabad defends his crown here and he is a short price to complete the double however he has looked vulnerable on occasions and is worth opposing.

Big Orange is a very consistent stayer who seems to improve each year. However he met a slight setback in his prep and isn’t a win proposition for me.

The one I do like is the Godolphin inmate Beautiful Romance. She fell just short of top class against her own sex over middle distances however since stepping up in trip she seems to relish the extra distance and won well against the favourite last time out.

She isn’t the most consistent and the only negative for her is she may not show the same level as last time, however there were always mitigating circumstances for her flops. On this ground and this trip I expect her to be competitive and I’m backing her each way.

16:45 Meydan

The Dubai World Cup is one of the richest races of the year and it has managed to tempt the world’s top rated horse. Arrogate won the Breeders Cup and the inaugural Pegasus World Cup last season and to me he is unopposable.

He has only had seven starts and it’s a frightening prospect to think that he has more improvement in him and on dirt he could go down in history. He should win this but something has to come second so I’m looking for an each way alternative.

Hoppertunity was third in this race last season and aside from the favourite this is a race lacking a little bit of depth. He stays really well for a dirt horse and is likely to be doing his best work late on. He is a proven Group 1 horse and though just below the best in the US he is a very talented horse.

Drawn wider than ideal that may not be an issue as he will be dropped in and I expect there to be a good early pace. He strikes me as a horse who will be put in to the race to get a place and at the odds he strikes me as great each way value.

Graeme Johnston’s Best Bets

12:50 Meydan – Beautiful Romance

16:45 Meydan – Hoppertunity