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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 12 December 2018

Dubai World Cup predictions: Hawkbill to win Dubai Sheema Classic, Benbatl has the edge in Dubai Turf and Gold Town takes UAE Derby

Economic Model looks good to win the first race of the meeting at Meydan, while Rare Rhythm looks the one to beat in Dubai Gold Cup

The Dubai World Cup race meeting at Meydan on Saturday will feature nine races. Tom Dulat / Getty Images
The Dubai World Cup race meeting at Meydan on Saturday will feature nine races. Tom Dulat / Getty Images

Plenty of the attention at Meydan on Saturday will be on the ninth and final race, the $10 million (Dh36.73m) Dubai World Cup, although there are another eight races for fans to look forward to. Amith Passela runs the rule over each of those races and offers his 1-2-3 predictions.

For the preview and predictions for the Dubai World Cup race, click here.

3.45pm: Godolphin Mile Group 2 (Dirt) 1,600m US$1,000,000

Raven’s Corner, Kimbear and Heavy Metal carry the best local form from the track but they all have to deal with wide draws. The most interesting runner is Economic Model, a recent purchase by Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid from the United States and arrives having won his last two starts, including a Group 3 prize.

Predictions: 1. Economic Model 2. Kimbear 3. Heavy Metal

Economic Model is the horse to beat in the Godolphin Mile. Tom Dulat / Getty Images
Economic Model is the horse to beat in the Godolphin Mile. Tom Dulat / Getty Images

4.15pm: Dubai Kahayla Classic (PA) Group I (D) 2,000m $ 1,000,000

An open race with at least six runners challenging the prize for the Purebred Arabians. Ziyadd heads the field on the strength of having finished ahead of Barnamaj, Al Zahir and Paddy’s Day over the course and distance. In the mix are newcomers Bandar and Tallaab Al Khalediah, who is undefeated in four starts.

Predictions: 1. Ziyadd 2. Barnamaj 3. Al Zahir

Ziyadd is a leading contender in the Dubai Kahayla Classic. Erika Rasmussen for The National
Ziyadd is a leading contender in the Dubai Kahayla Classic. Erika Rasmussen for The National

4.50pm: Dubai Gold Cup Group 2 (Turf) 3,200m $1,000,000

Vazirabad is bidding for a hat-trick of successes in this race and is seeking to create a piece of history by becoming the first thoroughbred to win three races at the Dubai World Cup meeting. Godolphin have five entered, and Rare Rhythm who got the better of Vazirabad 30 days ago, is looking good to take the victory.

Predictions: 1. Rare Rhythm 2. Frontiersman 3. Vazirabad

Rare Rhythm is looking good for victory in the Dubai Gold Cup. Erika Rasmussen for The National
Rare Rhythm is looking good for victory in the Dubai Gold Cup. Erika Rasmussen for The National

5.30pm: UAE Derby Group 2 (D) 1,900m $2,000,000

Gold Town has impressed in both his victories in two local starts, including his success in the UAE 2000 Guineas by more than 10 lengths. American pair Mendelssohn and Reride can run him close but the one to watch out for is Yulong Warrior who has come into the picture after his impressive win in the Derby trial.

Predictions: 1. Gold Town 2. Mendelssohn 3. Yulong Warrior

Gold Town is a leading contender to win the UAE Derby. Tom Dulat / Getty Images
Gold Town is a leading contender to win the UAE Derby. Tom Dulat / Getty Images

6.05pm: Al Quoz Sprint Group I (T) 1,200m $1,000,000

Blue Point looks the pick of the three Godolphin runners that include the hat-trick seeking Jungle Cat. The American trio of Stormy Liberal, Holding Gold and Richard’s Boy, and another Godolphin runner Jungle Cat appear the dangers. Librisa Breeze carries British hopes.

Predictions: 1. Blue Point 2. Jungle Cat 3. Stormy Liberal

Jungle Cat is in contention in the Al Quoz Sprint. Reem Mohammed / The National
Jungle Cat is in contention in the Al Quoz Sprint. Reem Mohammed / The National

6.40pm: Dubai Golden Shaheen Group I (D) 1,200m $2,000,000

Reynaldothewizard will be a sentimental favourite of the racing fans at Meydan but this looks a battle between the American runners Roy H, X Y Jet and Mind Your Biscuits. Jordan Sport, who won the Group 3 Mahab Al Shimaal, the trial race, on his dirt debut, may be one to watch to spring a surprise.

Predictions: 1. Roy H 2. Mind Your Biscuits 3. X Y Jet

Mind Your Biscuits will be striving to win the Dubai Golden Shaheen. Ahmed Jadallah / Reuters
Mind Your Biscuits will be striving to win the Dubai Golden Shaheen. Ahmed Jadallah / Reuters

7.35pm: Dubai Turf Group I (T) 1,800m $6,000,000

This looks a competitive race with an international field that includes Godolphin’s Benbatl and Blair House, who is drawn the widest of the 15 runners. Vivlos, the winner of this prize last year, is one of the five entries from Japan. Lancaster Bomber appears a real challenger, but Benbatl could just have the edge.

Predictions: 1. Benbatl 2. Lancaster Bomber 3. Blair House

Benbatl will be aiming to win the Dubai Turf. Erika Rasmussen for The National
Benbatl will be aiming to win the Dubai Turf. Erika Rasmussen for The National

8.10pm: Dubai Sheema Classic Group I (T) 2,410m $6,000,000

Godolphin has three entered under three different trainers. Andre Fabre’s Cloth Of Stars holds an exemplary record of seven wins and only once failing to finish out of the first three in 14 career starts. Hawkbill is the other and has the benefit of a run, when winning the Group 2 City of Gold on Super Saturday.

Predictions: 1. Hawkbill 2. Cloth Of Stars 3. Idaho

Hawkbill is entered in the Dubai Sheema Classic. Pawan Singh / The National
Hawkbill is entered in the Dubai Sheema Classic. Pawan Singh / The National