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Meydan Tips - Best Bets & Odds for January 21

  • We take a look through the card at Meydan on Thursday 21st January
  • Thursday marks the official start of the 2021 Dubai World Cup Carnival
  • Three Grade Two races headline the action at Meydan
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The Dubai World Cup Carnival kicks off at Meydan on Thursday. (Getty)

On Thursday, the 2021 Dubai World Cup Carnival officially gets underway. Stacks of top Graded races will be run at Meydan over the next ten weeks, with the meeting culminating with Dubai World Cup Night on March 27th.

Thursday's card features four excellent Graded races, along with some lucrative handicaps. Here are our best bets.

Meydan Tips - Thursday 21st January 


Race 1 - Rio Angie

In the opener, I'm really keen on RIO ANGIE, for Doug Watson and Sam Hitchcott. Watson's four-year-old finished third behind subsequent 1000 Guineas runner-up, Final Song here last January, before finishing a little one-paced up over a mile in the UAE 1000 Guineas.

On her return to action at Meydan, Rio Angie made all to secure a commanding victory in a valuable conditions race. I don't think she's badly treated running off 96 on her handicap debut, and seven furlongs certainly seems her best trip.

Race 3 - Good Effort


Good Effort E/W3:40pm Meydan Dubawi Stakes Sponsored By Park Avenue By Azizi (Group 3) 6fGET 10/1 HERE
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Although many will find it hard to see past Gladiator King, I think GOOD EFFORT could go very well at an each-way price. 

Ismail Mohammed's six-year-old has taken his form to a new level since switching to the all-weather, winning his last five starts in 2020. Good Effort has won two Listed races in that time, producing a career-best effort when beating some quality rivals in the Golden Rose Stakes at Lingfield.

Mohammed's charge was well-beaten on all three of his appearances here in 2020. Good Effort is nine-pounds higher in the ratings this time around, and has won five of his seven starts on artificial surfaces, so I expect he'll take well to dirt.

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Military March (centre, white cap) stays on to finish fourth behind Kameko (left) in the 2020 2000 Guineas. (Getty)

Race 4 - Military March


Military March4:15pm Meydan Singspiel Stakes Sponsored By Riviera By Azizi (Group 2) 1m1fGET 9/4 HERE
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The star of the show on Thursday is undoubtedly MILITARY MARCH, who looked one of the most precocious three-year-olds in Britain last season, following his run in the 2000 Guineas.

Saeed bin Suroor's charge stayed on to finish fourth at Newmarket, and was many people's pick for the Epsom Derby, before injury ended his campaign prematurely. Frankie Dettori pulls on the Godolphin silks again to ride this talented sort and, at 9/4, he offers excellent value in a race where he's the highest-rated entrant and receives weight from most.

Race 6 - Glorious Journey


Glorious Journey5:25pm Meydan Al Fahidi Fort Sponsored By Creek Views By Azizi (Group 2) 7fGET 7/4 HERE
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My final bet of the day will be GLORIOUS JOURNEY, who headed a 1-2-3 for Charlie Appleby in this race 12 months ago, before placing in the STC Cup on the Saudi Cup card in February.

Glorious Journey beat Final Song and D'bai in the Free Cup Stakes at Newbury in September, before running a cracker in the Grade Two Challenge Stakes at Newmarket, recovering from a poor start to finish a never-nearer third. William Buick's mount looks a good bet to defend his Meydan crown.
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