@tmallios, Meydan was originally a tapeta track, but switched to conventional dirt prior to the start of the 2015 Dubai Carnival. African Story's win in the Dubai World Cup in 2014 was the last time the race was ran on the tapeta surface.
@anthonyd73648, Owner Frank Gillespie has already made a major change for The Grey Gatsby. He's no longer in the yard of trainer Kevin Ryan. He's now based in Ireland being trained by one of Ireland's all-time great trainers, Dermot Weld. That could make a huge difference for him in 2017, IMO.
I've got Mutakayyef in my super-fecta for the race, but I have to say, if Zarak improves even a little on his win in the Dubai Millennium Stakes, he could be a tough beat, and he's drawn well, too. He ran off from some very useful horses in that race under a hands & heels ride by Soumillon. A lot of them the same horses that Decorated Knight ran down late to win the Jebel-Hatta. Should be great race!
Arrogate draws post position #9 of 14 for Saturday's G1 Dubai World Cup, with Keen Ice, Neolithic, & Hoppertunity all drawn outside of Arrogate. Keen Ice is in post position #10, Neolithic in post position #11, & Hoppertunity in post position #12.
The article I read on the Racing Post web-site said he'll sport the Qatar Racing Silks in Saturday's G1 Dubai World Cup.
@ChessChamp, I look for him to run a big race in the Dubai Turf, and won't be surprised even if he ends up winning the race. I struggled between picking Zarak & Decorated Knight in this race, but ended up giving Zarak an ever so slight edge. Really wish he had gotten a chance to run at Arlington Park that day though.
If anything beats Arrogate in this race it'll be a huge shock, IMO. My picks: 1st-Arrogate 2nd-Hoppertunity 3rd-Mubtaahij 4th-Neolithic.
My picks: 1st-Thunder Snow 2nd-Lancaster Bomber 3rd-Epicharis 4th-Spirit Of Valor.
My picks: 1st-North America 2nd-Heavy Metal 3rd-Sharp Azteca 4th-Le Bernardin.
My picks: 1st-Cool Cowboy 2nd-Mind Your Biscuits 3rd-St Joe Bay 4th-My Catch.
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