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  • on 10.01.2013
  • at 11:13 AM
  • by KT

The Dubai Carnival makes welcome return

Flat racing punters all over the UK will be rejoicing today as The Dubai Winter Carnival makes a welcome return at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai.

Not only is the quality of racing and prize money high, but the Carnival also features a number of horses, jockeys and trainers which are well-known to racing fans in the UK and Ireland.

For example Kieren Fallon, Mickael Barzalona and Ryan Moore are just a few of the big-named jockeys booked to ride on day one.

The Dubai Carnival caters for both turf and all-weather fans too, as Meydan has two separate courses, and the will run until 30th March.

Today sees a competitive Group 2 race run over a mile, but our Dubai Carnival tips instead will be focusing on the 4 handicap races, in the hope that we can find some each-way value.

3:05 – Ariete Arrollador (8/1)
Spanish horse ran a big race over C&D a year ago and has been trained with the Carnival in mind. Raced a very light campaign, suggesting the horse has been primed for a big run. Excellent draw (2).

3:40 – Benji’s Empire (10/1)
Trainer Steven Burridge has excellent record at the Carnival last year (won with three of four horses he ran at 2012 Carnival) and any horse he enters should be respected, in what looks to be a fast-paced race. Will need to overcome wide draw (13).

4:15 – Rocks Off (12/1)
This horse has been on fire in Bahrain, winning up to 1m2f, and Fallon takes the ride here. Looks over-priced

6:00 – Don’t Call Me (10/1)
Improved significantly towards end of 2012 season and Nicholls runner should be thereabouts come the finish.

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