Timeform Dubai SmartPlays: Thursday January 18

There is racing from Meydan on Thursday
There is racing from Meydan on Thursday
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Timeform pick out three bets from Meydan on Thursday.

"A mark of 105 could well underestimate him on his return to action."

Rayya - Meydan 14:30

Rayya is bred to excel on dirt, and she looked a good prospect when routing a field of maidens over C&D last month, having several of these well behind. From the same stable as 2016 winner Polar River, she's well drawn to attack and can prove too strong for the Godolphin trio Caring Touch, Expressiy and Winter Lightning.

Mudaarab - Meydan 15:05

Mudaarab looked a useful prospect for Sir Michael Stoute last season before shaping as if amiss at Beverley when last seen in September. Having joined Erwin Charpy, and been gelded, he is worth another chance with Jim Crowley selecting him in preference to several others. Janszoon beat a few of these when scoring over C&D two weeks ago and is next best ahead of Capezzano.

Salsabeel - Meydan 18:00

Salsabeel hasn't been seen since finishing down the field in the French 2000 Guineas last May, but the fact he was pitched in at that level suggests he's held in high regard, and a mark of 105 could well underestimate him on his return to action. Dream Castle is another who kept some top company in Europe last year and is much respected despite a wide draw.

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