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Meydan Tips - Dubai World Cup Carnival Week 3 Predictions on January 20th

Last updated: 19 Jan 2023
Jon Vine 19 Jan 2023
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  • Week 3 of the 2023 Dubai World Cup Carnival takes place on Friday 20th January
  • The Grade Two Zabeel Mile headlines Friday's action
  • The UAE 1000 Guineas and the Al Khail Trophy will also take place on Week 3 
  • Colour Up, Get Shirty and Spangled Mac feature in our tips
Cristian Demuro (R) jockey of Shahryar wins the Longines Dubai at the Meydan Racecourse. (Getty)

The 2023 Dubai World Cup Carnival continues on Friday. The card on week three is headlined by the Grade Two Zabeel Mile, with viewers also set to take in the UAE 1000 Guineas and the Al Khail Trophy this Friday afternoon.

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

2023 Dubai World Cup Carnival Week 3 Tips

Race 1 - Virgin Radio Dubai 104.4 Handicap Tips

Friday's action kicks off with an interesting little handicap, where I fancy COLOUR UP could run well again for Doug Watson. Colour Up finished second over seven furlongs here at Meydan in November, before powering to an impressive maiden victory down over six furlongs the following month.

Watson dropped Colour Up down to the minimum distance for his handicap debut at Jebel Ali last time out. Despite being posted wide, Pat Dobbs' mount travelled like the best horse throughout, cruising to an effortless victory once he hit the front. The handicapper has pushed Colour Up's mark up to 93, but recent starts suggest he could be far better than that.

Race 4 - Zabeel Mile Tips

Master Of The Seas is by far the most likely winner of this contest if returning in peak physical condition. Charlie Appleby's five-year-old has, however, only been seen once since October 2021, so there's a chance he may be a little rusty.

With three paid places to play for, I'll take a stab at the old boy of the field, DESERT FIRE. Saeed bin Suroor's eight-year-old always runs well on the back of a break. Desert Fire carried odds of 18/1 into the winners' enclosure on his return to Meydan in the Grade Two Al Rashidiya 12 months ago and it wouldn't be a surprise if he was to contend at this level once again.

Race 5 - Al Khail Trophy Tips

David O'Meara is no stranger to success in the UAE and I'm very keen on the chances of GET SHIRTY in this Listed race. Danny Tudhope's mount ran twice over this distance in 2022, winning the Copper Horse Stakes at Royal Ascot before carrying top-weight to fifth in the lucrative Ebor Handicap at York.

Get Shirty went on to finish fifth in two Group races during the autumn, which were staged over 12 and 18 furlongs respectively. Returning to this intermediate trip will suit and O'Meara's seven-year-old won first time out in 2020 and '22. He'll be my best bet on the card.

Race 6 - Dubai Eye 103.8 Handicap Tips

In-form British trainer, George Boughey enjoyed his first Dubai World Cup carnival winner last week, when our NAP of the day Al Dasim bolted up in the Al Wasl Stakes. Boughey's entrant in here, SPANGLED MAC may sit a long way adrift of the four Godolphin runners at the top of the market, but I could see Conor Planas' mount finding his way into the frame.

Spangled Mac ran up a sequence of four victories last season, before an excellent runner-up finish behind Adaay In Asia at Ascot in August. Results drifted a little after that, but Boughey's charge ran up to an RPR of 103 off this mark on his return to the all-weather at Wolverhampton in October and Planas' claimer leaves Spangled Mac carrying bottom-weight into this competitive contest.


Get Shirty is our NAP of the day the Al Khail Trophy on week three of the 2023 Dubai World Cup Carnival.

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