With poor weather decimating the action in the UK, John Sheeran provides a welcome tipping column covering today's action at Meydan...
"Storyboard should take a lot of beating against a largely exposed field and anything at odds-against would appeal as a strong bet."
Mutahaddith well-handicapped in the second race of the day
Mutahaddith really appeals as a well-handicapped horse in the 12:35 at Meydan on Saturday. He shaped miles better than the bare form on three of his four runs in 2018 and the fact the handicapper has dropped him to a mark of 81 only adds to his appeal. He has been given a nice break to freshen him up for this race and although not ideally drawn in stall 7 he should have the early pace to get out and obtain his favoured front-running tactics over 6f at Meydan. If he does that, he will make them all go. He rates a confident selection and anything bigger than 5/2 would look fair in a race where not many can be fancied.
Storyboard to complete the hat-trick
Storyboard is 2/2 for Sateesh Seemar since coming to the UAE from Andre Fabre in France. He looks to be exactly the type the yard excel with and I fully expect him to progress again, now up to 10f from a really good draw in stall 1 in the 13:45. He should take a lot of beating against a largely exposed field and anything at odds-against would appeal as a strong bet.
Mailshot to deliver
Saleem bin Ghadayer continues to fire the winners in and Mailshot is a typical improver for the yard through the season, he drops back in company to a non-Carnival handicap at 14:20 having acquitted himself well last time. The drop back to the bare mile and ease in grade should be enough to see him involved. He isn't drawn well but that shouldn't really matter given he will likely be last until turning for home. I fully expect him to run on strongly and reach the frame and anything north of 5/1 looks a decent each-way wager.
Back Mutahaddith in the 12:35
Back Storyboard in the 13:45
Back Mailshot each-way in the 14:20