Can anyone catch trailblazers Take Cover and Caspian Prince?
Dubai International Airport World Trophy Stakes (Group 3) 3yo+ | 5f | ITV4/RUK
Those jockeys sitting on a horse that needs to be held up for a late run will have to take an extra gulp of courage as the guaranteed pace in this race is represented by two sprinters at the top of their game, despite their advancing years.
Ten-year-old Take Cover has been in as good a form as ever this season, adding the Beverley Bullet last time out to an earlier Listed success at York in July.
David Griffiths will not need to issue any riding instructions since Take Cover only knows one way of running, namely to go flat out from the gate.
Similar comments apply to the eight-year-old Caspian Prince, who must attempt to defy a 5lb penalty for beating susequent Nunthorpe heroine Marsha in the Sapphire Stakes at the Curragh.
A return to that venue yielded a fourth-placed effort behind Caravaggio on Irish Champions Weekend this month.
"He was unlucky in Ireland where the ground went against him," said trainer Tony Coyle. "He's much better on good ground or better and he's in good form. He beat Marsha in a Group 2 but there’s barely any difference between that and a Group 3."
Can Cox maintain red-hot sprint form?
There are very few shortcuts to easy money when it comes to betting in sprints, but over the last few weeks backing runners from the Clive Cox yard blind in such races comes quite close.
On form, Priceless is the clear pick of his two runners and is the choice of Adam Kirby.
Again she must defy a Group 2 penalty for her success in the Temple Stakes but showed she remains in good heart when fifth in the Nunthorpe last month.
Hector Crouch gets the call aboard Go On Go On Go On, who looks to back up a decent third-placed effort in the Scarbrough Stakes at Doncaster last week.
"Priceless has a Group 2 penalty but the ground is the main reason we're pleased to shoulder that penalty as she's a better filly on drier conditions," said Cox. "She ran a blinder in the Nunthorpe last time and she looks fantastic for the time of year.
"Go On Go On Go On ran well at Doncaster last week. This is another step up, but we wanted to take advantage of the drier ground."
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