Tip Of The Day: It’s no ‘Ric
Once again, the lure of warmer climes draws our man Will Hayler into looking at today's Dubai Carnival card at Meydan.
Charlie Appleby: New trainer of Cymric.
I can live without a bet (no, really) on the action at Towcester and Wincanton today, with the ground already heavy and getting deeper all the time at both tracks today. While I enjoyed watching Goodtoknow and Mountainous battle it out around Hereford, plenty of the other races at the jumps tracks yesterday were pretty unedifying spectacles and if they're getting tired around a speed track like Hereford, you know it's properly soft.
The weather forecast suggests we're in for a particularly unpleasant spell of weather for the next week, so all in all, the likelihood is that my betting over the next few days will be becoming particularly Cheltenham-centric, especially with one firm, bet365, having gone non-runner no-bet yesterday, meaning the others shouldn't be too far behind.
Non-runner no-bet is one of the greatest inventions ever for the ante-post punter, not just because – in my view – the compilers often shorten up the wrong horses with multiple engagements, but also because it means that you'll probably end up with a decent betting bank for each day of the festival thanks to the non-runners you'll inevitably find. It's a bit like one of those Christmas hamper schemes. I digress.
Back to today and it's not impossible not to see the appeal of Cymric in the one-mile handicap at Meydan at 1505 GMT.
A smart two-year-old (placed in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagadere) and just as good at three on occasions (fourth in the St James's Palace Stakes, for example), he lost his way from Royal Ascot onwards for John Gosden.
However, he has been switched into the Godolphin ranks, and lines up today for the first time for Charlie Appleby, and also for the first time after losing his tackle, an operation which can't do any harm to his attitude to racing.
If there's been one theme of the Carnival so far, it's a familiar refrain of Godolphin success in this type of race, especially first time up, and much as I respect Fanciful Angel's chances given that he won this race 12 months ago and looked in the form of his life last time, I simply can't see him being good enough to give 1lb to a horse with respectable Group One form in the book.
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