2017 Dubai World Cup Carnival study guide

March 16th, 2017

Now that the probables for the March 25 Dubai World Cup program have been released, it’s time to sort through which Carnival performers have a better chance to fend off the international juggernaut.

In other words, I’ve got to revisit my weekly wrap-ups to take a fresh look at the principals – and see if my initial takes have held up, or if some revised opinions are needed.

Whether you’ve followed the Dubai action since January 5, or are just beginning World Cup homework, the post-analyses could be helpful to you too, especially since each includes the race replays from the Meydan Racing YouTube channel.

We’ll have more posts focused on the World Cup night races themselves, but in the meantime, here’s the 2017 Dubai Carnival compilation post (or study guide), in order, with each card’s highlights.


January 5: Al Maktoum Challenge Round 1 (G2), Singspiel S.

Lights old and new shine at Meydan


January 12: Dubawi S.

Ageless Wizard defies time, de Kock’s back on Derby trail


January 19: Al Fahidi Fort (G2), UAE 1000 Guineas Trial

Championship, Really Special perform up to their names


January 26: Al Rashidiya (G2), Cape Verdi (G2), UAE 2000 Guineas Trial

High five for Godolphin, 200 for bin Suroor


February 2: Al Maktoum Challenge Round 2 (G2), Al Shindagha Sprint (G3)

Furious finish, Cool customer


February 9: UAE 1000 Guineas, Meydan Classic Trial

Guineas joy for Saudi, treble for de Vries


February 11: UAE 2000 Guineas (G3), Firebreak (G3)

Thunder-ous night for Godolphin


February 16: Zabeel Mile (G2), Balanchine (G2), Dubai Millennium (G3), Meydan Sprint (G3)

Course records for Ertijaal, Championship; breakthrough for Zarak


February 23: Curlin H., Nad al Sheba Trophy (G3), Meydan Classic, UAE Oaks (G3)

Mubtaahij’s mission, Romance of Godolphin


March 4: Super Saturday

Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 (G1), Al Bastakiya, Mahab al Shimaal (G3), Burj Nahaar (G3)

Super Saturday wrap, I: Dirt prep winners worth opposing on Dubai World Cup night

Dubai City of Gold (G2), Nad al Sheba Turf Sprint, Jebel Hatta (G1)

Super Saturday wrap, II: Turf prep winners on upswing but internationals tough on Dubai World Cup night