Issue 750

66 ISSUE 750 - THURSDAY 20 JANUARY 2022 MEYDAN PREVIEW (SUNDAY) DOMESTIC MEYDAN cards somehow always seem less attractive once the Dubai World Cup Carnival gets underway, but this first, to be run on a Sunday, bucks the trend a bit. Seven races have been scheduled starting with a 1400m maiden for Purebred Arabians, with the Thoroughbreds swinging into action thereafter. The feature among the septet is a 1600m turf handicap for 3yo and older horses, but since none below four have been entered, the field features those rated between 80 and 95. That has brought together quite a competitive field with Simon Crisford’s Franz Kafka, top rated at 95. A score below him is Doug Watson’s two time British winner and UAE debutant Aquaman. Franz Kafka returns after a lengthy absence and might be in need of the run but a win in three starts here during 2020. Out of action since his finishing a battling second by a length behind Charlie Appleby’s Star Safari in a 2000m turf handicap here, the 6yo Dubawi gelding had two starts earlier put paid against a lesser field during on a domestic card, a race he won easily. Almoreb for Musabbeh Al Mheiri has been consistent, but has time and again franked his form over Jebel Ali’s 1400m chute. His three UAE wins have all been there and his Emirati handler will be hoping he can put in a solid performance here after finishing a tepid but not too far fifth behind Silent Film in a 1400m event at Meydan a little over a fortnight back. Godolphin’s Appleby will look to resound on domestic card with Echo Point and Valiant Prince Charlie Appleby Echo Point (white cap) Almoreb (Redcap) Zhou Storm