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Meydan Tips - Dubai World Cup Carnival Week 8 Predictions on February 24th

Last updated: 23 Feb 2023
Jon Vine 23 Feb 2023
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  • Week 8 of the 2023 Dubai World Cup Carnival takes place on Friday 24th February
  • Three Group Two Balanchine headlines Friday's card
  • Fairy Cross, With The Moonlight and Highbank feature in our tips
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William Buick riding Fairy Cross (blue) win The William Hill Prestige Fillies' Stakes at Goodwood. (Getty)

The £90k Balanchine headlines the card on week eight of the Dubai World Cup carnival. Along with that Grade Two, viewers will enjoy good quality renewals of the Jumeirah Fillies Guineas and the Jumeirah Derby.

We've taken a look through the full card and picked out our best betting tips on week eight of the 2023 Dubai World Cup Carnival.

2023 Dubai World Cup Carnival Week 8 Tips

Race 2 - Handicap Tips

I really fancied Colour Up on his most recent outing back in January. Doug Watson's six-year-old travelled beautifully into contention, but couldn't quite get past the classy Rawy, who held on from the front to claim a narrow victory.

Colour Up is respected again, but at the prices, I'll take a chance on William Buick's mount GET BACK GOLDIE. Despite winning over this course-and-distance last February, Doug O'Neill tried to get his four-year-old to stay nine-and-a-half on his final two starts of the carnival. Having failed to see out that trip twice, Get Back Goldie was dropped back to a mile on his reappearance three weeks ago, where he ran a decent enough race. With that run under his belt, I expect O'Neill's charge to be much more competitive back down over this more suitable trip.

Race 4 - Jumeirah Fillies Guineas Tips

This looks to be a straight shoot-out between the two Godolphin fillies at the head of the market. Having run solely over six furlongs in Britain last year, Mawj narrowly prevailed on her first start in Meydan, holding off hot-favourite Dream Of Love to win the Jumeirah Fillies Classic over seven furlongs.

While she has to be commended for that effort, this further step up to a mile should suit FAIRY CROSS more than Mawj. Charlie Appleby's filly showed plenty of promise in the UK last season, rounding off her campaign with a one-length victory in a Grade Three at Goodwood. William Buick's mount saw out seven furlongs strongly that day and this daughter of Dubawi is bred to improve over longer trips. 

Race 5 - Balanchine Tips

Tranquil Lady is an interesting recruit for Charlie Appleby, having made the switch from Joseph O'Brien's stable earlier this week. Tranquil Lady finished a long way ahead of WITH THE MOONLIGHT when they met in the Epsom Oaks last season, but it's the latter who should have the upper-hand over this trip on Friday.

Following her run in the Oaks, With The Moonlight enjoyed plenty of success out in the US, winning the Saratoga Oaks either side of runner-up finishes in valuable graded races. William Buick's mount got the job done on her reappearance in the Cape Verdi three weeks ago and it's likely she's improved physically for that return to action. It's hard to see With The Moonlight getting beat.

Race 6 - Jumeirah Derby Tips

Naval Power ran out a two-length winner of the Jumeirah Classic here at Meydan four weeks ago. One Nation made the running that day and kept on right through the line to place third. William Buick's mount tops the market here, but I think there's a good chance that stablemate HIGHBANK, who finished third in the Jumeirah Classic, could turn the tables on the odds-on favourite.

Richard Mullen's mount missed the break from stall one that day and had to take his medicine. Highbank sat some ten lengths adrift of One Nation going into the bend, but still managed to finish his race off well, crossing the line just three lengths adrift of the runner-up. Highbank will have to break better from out wide in stall nine, but if he can keep tabs with One Nation in the early going, then I see no reason why he can't reverse the Jumeirah Classic form.


Fairy Cross is our NAP of the day the Jumeirah Fillies Guineas on week eight of the 2023 Dubai World Cup Carnival.

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Dubai World Cup Week 8 Tips