Stephen Molyneux's Dubai World Cup Diary: Day Two
Prohibit: Group 1 Sprint fancy
"The upshot of that rather drawn-out story is that Prohibit is now good to firm, firm in places again and is over-priced at 14/1 to win the Al Quoz Sprint."
"The weather is crap". A direct quote from a Dubai resident as the welcome breeze takes the edge of a temperature soaring into the 30's. Things are also beginning to hot up in advance of the World Cup on Saturday as Timeform's Dubai handicapper, Stephen Molyneux, takes you through some more musings from his days in the desert.
I began the day by beating my wake-up call by a good 4 hours. Not a great start. A clear indication that my body doesn't know what on earth is going on, which to be fair, is probably true most of the time.
I blame chicken sausages and veal bacon; a lethal combination that has reportedly been the staple diet for Prohibit over the last couple of weeks in a bid to shore things up after an unfortunate case of equine Delhi belly that was put forward as an excuse for running poorly last time.
I stumbled across this revelation as a local journo (a nickname for journalists amongst the seasoned hacks who seemingly spend all their time quaffing bubbles and smoking cigars) questioned connections of Prohibit asking what they meant by saying "he was loose behind" The response was "have you ever farted and followed through?". The local journo began sweating slightly and had a very confused look on his face. I presume he'd just farted and followed through. The upshot of that rather drawn-out story is that Prohibit is now good to firm, firm in places again and is over-priced at 14/1 to win the Al Quoz Sprint.
My appearance on the Dubai Racing Channel went well...I think. Well at least a couple of people thought so. As I was tucking into my beef sausages, halal bacon and hopefully normal chicken eggs, I was approached by a Japanase tourist (flip flops with white socks, camera round the neck - you get the idea) requesting an autograph. Not sure who she thought I was but if you see an official Dubai World Cup programme doing the rounds on ebay with the line, best wishes, Ron Burgundy, I can assure you it isn't worth much.
And onto something less serious...
British holidaymaker moment of the day - I decided to read through the brochure in my hotel room and stumbled across the turndown service. A process whereby somebody comes in and turns down your bed before sleep time. I don't usually need to be in 5 star hotel for that to happen.
Where's Holty? - No sign today. I can only assume he did indeed have the wrong hotel yesterday. Either that or he is currently on his way back to England where he will be focusing on Doncaster and not Dubai on Saturday.
Pointless item of luggage - Everybody brings one, mine is my Bewdley Cricket Club tie. Not sure who I thought that would impress.
Little Britain does Dubai - Ramzan Kadyrov is left without a runner in the Dubai World Cup following the defection of Gitano Hernando last week. He says "I want that one" and promptly buys Zazou. He was also offered Planteur - "I don't like it" - before being told that So You Think will win anyway - "yeah I know".
Taxi drivers - I had my own "Prohibit" moment whilst being ferried into town. With Bob Marley blasting out it seems that I was in fact being driven by Sanka from Cool Runnings. Dreadlocks flowing, he weaved his way in and out of the traffic like the erratic bobsleigher he was portrayed as being in the film. He also thought it was necessary to abuse fellow drivers for what, to my mind anyway, was perfectly normal road etiquette.
Hopes for Day Three - Need to get some bets on. Betfair is firewalled in Dubai so there are clear boundaries in this particular pursuit.
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