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Meydan Tips - Dubai World Cup Carnival Week 5 Predictions on February 3rd

Last updated: 02 Feb 2023
Jon Vine 02 Feb 2023
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  • Week 5 of the 2023 Dubai World Cup Carnival takes place on Friday 3rd February
  • The Al Maktoum Challenge R2 headlines the card at Meydan
  • With The Moonlight, Algier and Alfareeq feature in our tips
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Meydan races. (Getty)

The strongest card of the 2023 Dubai World Cup Carnival so far will take place on Friday. A winning purse of £175k will be up for grabs in the Al Maktoum Challenge R2, with further Group Two prizes up for grabs in the Cape Verdi and the Singspiel Stakes.

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

2023 Dubai World Cup Carnival Week 5 Tips

Race 2 - Al Shindagha Sprint Tips

At the prices, I'll take a chance on Ismail Mohammed's NEVER JUST A DREAM who, being a three-year-old, will be getting almost a stone from the older runners in this wide-open sprint.

Never Just A Dream was handed a rating of 102 in Britain last season, having secured two impressive victories on the all-weather at Newcastle. Gabriele Malune's mount made his UAE debut in a large-field sprint at Sharjah three weeks ago, where Never Just A Dream had to fight early for a position and couldn't produce a finishing effort. If he doesn't get involved in a wrestling match at the beginning of this sprint, I wouldn't be surprised if Mohammed's three-year-old vastly outruns his odds.

Race 3 - Cape Verdi Tips

It's hard to look beyond the four Godolphin runners at the head of betting for this Group Two. On both ratings and form, WITH THE MOONLIGHT should really be the odds-on favourite, so I'll happily snap up 7/4 while it lasts.

Charlie Appleby's filly earned a crack at the Epsom Oaks after a superb victory in the Pretty Polly Stakes in the spring, but William Buick's mount finished last of 11 in that historic Classic. With The Moonlight then ran three times out America, winning the Saratoga Oaks while also placing second in both the Belmont Oaks and the Lake Placid Stakes. 

Dropping back to a mile might not be ideal, but With The Moonlight proved out in the USA that she had plenty of tactical speed, and I'll expect she'll be finishing strongly come the closing stages.

Race 4 - Al Maktoum Challenge R2 Tips

ALGIERS ran out an excellent winner of round one of the Al Maktoum Challenge four weeks ago. James Doyle's mount travelled comfortably behind the leaders over that one mile trip, before kicking six lengths clear on the run to the line.

Prior to that demolition job over eight furlongs, Simon and Ed Crisford's recruit had done most of his best work over ten furlongs. Algier made all to win a quality handicap on his first British start at York and was narrowly beaten by Missed The Cut in the Churchill Stakes at Lingfield. Algiers will relish this step back up in distance and he should have all the home runners covered.

Race 5 - Singspiel Stakes Tips

Another race where the Godolphin runners dominate and chances have to be given to all three at the top of the market. Yet, after an excellent run over a seven-furlong trip which was bound to be too sharp, I'll have an each-way stab with ALFAREEQ.

In 2022, Dane O'Neill's mount followed a runner-up finish behind the classy Real World in the Zabeel Mile with a shock triumph in the Grade One Jebel Hatta over this course-and-distance. Alfareeq was no match for Al Suhail in the Al Fahidi Fort last time out, but Musabbeh Al Mheiri's six-year-old stayed on to place second ahead of Shelir and stepping back up to the Jebel Hatta distance will certainly suit.


With The Moonlight is our NAP of the day the Cape Verdi on week five of the 2023 Dubai World Cup Carnival.

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