IF MEYDAN legend Reynaldothewizard can win the Group One Dubai Golden Shaheen (2.35pm) for the second time at the tender age of 11, the roof will be blown off the huge grandstand.
Satish Seemar’s veteran is hugely popular in Dubai, and wowed the crowds when coming fast and late to beat last year’s Golden Shaheen winner Muarrab over course and distance in January.
However, it was four years ago when he became the joint-oldest winner of this race, so to do it at 11 would be simply remarkable.
He also has a terrible draw in stall 12. In the 21 runnings of this race, no horse has ever won from wider than stall 10, while 11 winners have come from stall five or lower.
That is a massive negative for the favourite, the US-based Mind Your Biscuits, who breaks from stall 14.
The one I’m interested in is Doug Watson’s COOL COWBOY, who won here two starts back and then just failed to reel in Morawij last time.
He was running over a mile earlier in the season, but the drop back to six furlongs has really suited and Pat Dobbs has been firing in the winners all winter.
Stall five is just about perfect and he looks decent each-way value at a general 6/1.
The Al Quoz Sprint (2.00pm) has been run over five furlongs for the past six years, but now reverts to the original six furlongs.
That perhaps isn’t ideal for ERTIJAAL, who has shown his best recent form over the minimum trip, but he is still the one to beat at 7/4.
Limato is making his reappearance, while Jungle Cat was well beaten by my selection last month.
Ertijaal 2.00pm Meydan
Cool Cowboy e/w 2.35pm Meydan