Amazing Kids Overlooked at Meydan
2.00 Meydan, Al Quoz Sprint
Limato is the class act in the Al Quoz Sprint and is clear on the ratings, with the Dubai based Ertijaal and Hong Kong’s Amazing Kids joint second top-rated.
With home field advantage it is last year’s second place finisher, Ertijaal that is favourite for this year’s renewal. He just found Australia’s Buffering too good, who looked a comfortable winner. Ertijaal has looked impressive over 5 furlongs in two runs this year but the Al Quoz Sprint over a furlong extra could see him a little more vulnerable again, and looks too short around 6/4.
Limato has not been seen since last year’s Breeders Cup, but if he’s at his best he looks the one to beat.
Amazing Kids is right up with the best in Hong Kong, probably the second best, behind Lucky Bubbles. One interesting fact about Amazing Kids is that he has won both starts on a straight sprint course, which he gets again today. He can get behind in his races so racing on a straight course has seen him to best effect, and the faster they go the better it will suit the fast finishing sprinter.
No horse has won from a low draw in the Al Quoz sprint, which is a negative but it has now been stepped up to a 6 furlong race from 5 furlongs which could see the bias negated. He is rated an 11/1 shot with the English bookmakers which is a great price for a horse of his class.
2.30 Meydan, Golden Shaheen
In the very next race, Hong Kong’s Not Listenin’tome tries dirt in an official race for the very first time. Even though he’s not raced on dirt in a regulation race, he has done plenty of work on the surface, including barrier trials in his native Hong Kong.
With Bob Baffert’s star sprinter Drefong swerving this race, Not Listenin’tome comes in to this well clear on the ratings against some moderate dirt sprinters. If he takes to the Meydan surface and surroundings then he’s a huge price at 20/1 with the UK bookies.