Dubai World Cup 26/03/2016
The Dubai World Cup takes place on Saturday evening and as always it is a fantastic international field for the world’s richest race. It is a hard race to judge but there looks to be some value when looking past the shorter priced horses. My selection goes to Keen Ice and he should be backed each way. He is available at 16/1 with Ladbrokes. That looks excellent value based on his best form from last season.
He will need to put two below par performances behind him but he could well do that. He is wearing first time blinkers which could help bring about some improvement. If he can return to his best from last year he would have a huge chance. He beat second favourite Frosted (best price with Coral at 5/2) home twice last season and this huge price differential makes Keen Ice very appealing. Keen Ice also beat American Pharaoh last season which represents a very high level of form. He also has big race jockey Ryan Moore on board which is always a positive. Keen Ice is also drawn in stall number one which is a big positive with wide draws being at a disadvantage.
Main challenger could be California Chrome. He is best priced with Sky Bet at 15/8. He was second in this race last year and could go one better this year. He certainly won’t have to improve much to get the win. His trainer Art Sherman believes he could be a better horse this year and if this is the case he certainly has a great chance. He has achieved a high level of form previously including winning two legs of the American Triple Crown in 2014. More recently he made a winning reappearance over course and distance. Whilst this was in a lesser race he did well on that day. He certainly looks like he could be a strong force in Saturday’s big race. The main worry would be that he is drawn out wide in stall eleven. This makes his task a lot harder and for that reason there doesn’t seem much value in his short price.
For that reason a chance is taken on Keen Ice returning to form and outrunning his big odds. There are only twelve in the race and it wouldn’t take a lot for Keen Ice to snatch a place. Check out all the latest horse racing betting here.