There's high-class racing at Meydan on Thursday and Timeform highlight the three best bets on the card...
"Elleval made a good return in a slowly-run race behind Haafaguinea last time, and though he does need a strong pace to aim at, there's hope he can get that here..."
Meydan 14:45 - Not a Given
Not A Given was a smart dirt performer in the US over 8.5f and though campaigned over shorter in the UAE, he got off the mark for these connections when landing a seven-furlong handicap here earlier this month. The step back up in trip is sure to help for all he's up 6 lb in a better race. Giftorm shaped well over seven furlongs last time and is not to be underestimated, while Artigiano is bred for dirt and is a major player if taking to it.
Meydan 16:30 - Slipper Orchid
Slipper Orchid improved in cheekpieces at Dundalk late last year and shaped very well when fifth over C&D two weeks ago, making up plenty of ground in a slowly-run race from a wide draw. The headgear is back on this time and she looks a major player in a very weak-looking Group 2. Cladocera ran a career best at Kempton last time and rates the main danger, while Zurigha has her conditions and should run well.
Meydan 18:15 - Elleval
Elleval made a good return in a slowly-run race behind Haafaguinea last time, and though he does need a strong pace to aim at, there's hope he can get that here. Almoonqith is two-from-two on Meydan turf and he's respected, for all a 6 lb rise requires more in a better race, while this rates the easiest test Mushreq has faced for some time and, as ever, he shouldn't be far away.
Timeform Dubai SmartPlays:
All at Meydan
Back Not A Given in the 14:45
Back Slipper Orchid in the 16:30
Back Elleval in the 18:15