Issue 750

14 ISSUE 750 - THURSDAY 20 JANUARY 2022 Secret Ambition Motafaawit Sed Maarib Dubai World Cup Carnival horses Dubai Racing Channel’s Laura King will watch closely next time Dubai World Cup Carnival horses the Racing Post’s Ron Wood will watch closely next time Read Ron Wood’s detailed carnival previews and analysis at Watch Laura King live from Meydan on Dubai Racing Channel every week. SECRET AMBITION: - just turned nine and that was his 43rd start, but there is no sign of age wearying Secret Ambition just yet. Nasir Askar’s star put up a monstrous effort in defeat, conceding both race fitness and the rail to Golden Goal and the ensuing tussle was brilliant to watch. I’m still not convinced about Secret Ambition going to Saudi; I wish they’d stay here and keep him at a mile, but there are 20million reasons to go… MOTAFAAWIT: - Doug Watson’s 6yo was one for one over C&D ahead of Listed Dubai Dash, and it might have been 2/2 if he hadn’t been a little slowly away. He ran on well to finish third and should have the Al Quoz Sprint, in which he was fifth last year, as a viable target again. SED MAARIB: - it wasn’t a great race, but Sed Maarib was slightly unlucky not to win Jumeirah Classic Trial; not having the smoothest run through the race and failing by just half a length. He should be able to pick up one of these events at some stage and prevent a Godolphin domination of the series. SUMMER IS TOMORROW: - ran well behind older rival who had favoured inside position, this colt racing to his outside. He could make a smart sprinter in due course. SOVEREIGN PRINCE: - all eyes were no doubt drawn to runner-up SedMaarib, who was closing at line, but he was just keeping on into slowing pace. The winner Sovereign Prince raced close to what was an overly tempo so he’s better than bare result suggests and there’s a fair chance he can confirm form in February’s Jumeirah Classic. KAFOO: - was closing into a slowing pace in first round of Al MaktoumChallenge but it’ll be interesting to see what he can do over further. SALUTE THE SOLDIER: - ran satisfactorily on first start since finishing fifth in Dubai World Cup. From post 4, he raced in behind horses but he’s happier when in the clear, and he’ll likely come on for this so he’ll hold fair claims of winning the second round of this challenge again.