by Naomi Tukker
March 24, 2021
1/ST racing analyst Naomi Tukker of the Maryland Jockey Club has been on the ground in the United Arab Emirates this week tracking the contenders for Saturday's Dubai World Cup Day program. She filed her selections for the main event after following the contenders trackside at Meydan Racecourse.
SATURDAY, MARCH 27, 2021
$12 MILLION, GRADE 1 DUBAI WORLD CUP // MEYDAN (RACE 9, 12:50PM ET) // 1 1/4 MILES (DIRT)
My Top 4 Picks
#7 JESUS' TEAM
#11 SALUTE THE SOLDIER
#10 MYSTIC GUIDE
#9 MILITARY LAW
A wide-open renewal marks the 25th anniversary of the Dubai World Cup, and I am going strongly against the favorite Mystic Guide. Jesus' Team comes in here fresh, having skipped the Saudi Cup, for which he did receive an invite. Runner-up behind an on-song Knicks Go in the Pegasus World Cup, he has been touting himself strongly on the Meydan dirt track. Salute The Soldier has tactical speed that might take him to the lead in a field that doesn't seem to have a proper front-runner (except maybe Cappezano). Salute the Soldier won the Group 1 Al Maktoum Challenge without being under pressure, making me believe the short, 3-week turnaround won't hurt him too much. Favorite Mystic Guide posted a career-best figure in the Grade 3 Razorback at Oaklawn Park last out, but that was on a sloppy track and he'll be an underlay on the board based on that recent effort.
Saturday's Dubai Racing Lineup at Xpressbet and the 1/ST BET app.
7:45AM ET // Dubai Race 1 // Dubai Kahayla Classic
8:15AM ET // Dubai Race 2 // Godolphin Mile
8:50AM ET // Dubai Race 3 // Dubai Gold Cup
9:30AM ET // Dubai Race 4 // Al Quoz Sprint
10:05AM ET // Dubai Race 5 // UAE Derby
10:40AM ET // Dubai Race 6 // Dubai Golden Shaheen
11:30AM ET // Dubai Race 7 // Dubai Turf
12:10PM ET // Dubai Race 8 // Dubai Sheema Classic
12:50PM ET // Dubai Race 9 // Dubai World Cup
1/ST BET and Xpressbet are offering a $10 Money-Back Special on all of the Dubai World Cup Day races from Meydan. Get up to $10 refunded on any win wager in any of those races if your selection finishes second or third. See the 1/ST BET app and Xpressbet.com for details.