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12:00 Meydan (UAE)

Mahab Al Shimaal Sponsored By Emirates Skywards Group 3 Stakes - Dirt

  • 10 Runners
  • Distance: 6f
  • Going: Fast
  • Surface: Dirt
  • AED1,279,690 added
  • Winner: AED732,111
  • 2nd: AED276,925
  • 3rd: AED137,569
  • 4th: AED62,960
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 1m 11.66s
  • Off Time: 12:01:04
  • 10 Ran
1st
Silk -
2nd
Silk -
3rd
Silk -
1(1)
Silk - White, white, orange stars sleeves, white, orange star cap
33/1
  • Form 1/65-355
  • Age 4
  • Weight 9-0
  • Official Rating 95

2(2)
Silk - Black, red hoop, black sleeves with orange stripes, black cap with orange stripes
3/1
  • Form 5153-62
  • Age 5
  • Weight 9-0
  • Official Rating 107

3(3)
Silk - Royal blue, royal blue sleeves, royal blue cap

Comicas (USA)

123 b CD
10/1
  • Form 2/12980-
  • Age 6
  • Weight 9-0
  • Official Rating 108

4(4)
Silk - Yellow, red chevron, yellow sleeves, red cap

Lavaspin

23 b DCD
11/1
  • Form 31711-1
  • Age 5
  • Weight 9-0
  • Official Rating 98

5(5)
Silk - Red, black chevron, black sleeves, red cap
28/1
  • Form 42-1434
  • Age 4
  • Weight 9-0
  • Official Rating 98

6(6)
Silk - Royal Blue, White epaulettes, Royal Blue sleeves, striped cap

Thammin

15 D
13/2
  • Form 0416-31
  • Age 5
  • Weight 9-0
  • Official Rating 103

7(7)
Silk - White, black checked, blue sleeves, blue cap
33/1
  • Form 108-353
  • Age 8
  • Weight 9-0
  • Official Rating 98

8(8)
Silk - emerald green, white star, white diabolo on emerald green sleeves, emerald green and white quartered cap

Drafted (USA)

37 CCD
15/8
  • Form 1561-21
  • Age 5
  • Weight 9-0
  • Official Rating 110

9(9)
Silk - Grey, blue star, grey, blue & red striped sleeves, blue, grey star cap

I Kirk (SWE)

51 DCD
10/1
  • Form 1/5111-1
  • Age 5
  • Weight 9-0
  • Official Rating 110

10(10)
Silk - Emerald green, white checked sleeves, white cap
13/2
  • Form 1/1211-2
  • Age 5
  • Weight 9-0
  • Official Rating 109

In depth

Verdict

Lavaspin has been a revelation since switching to this track, winning two minor handicaps in great style before impressing when beating Switzerland in a much better race three weeks ago. The latter was conceding a stone so theoretically at least should come out on top this time though the winner keeps getting better with every run. Nine Below Zero, who finished third, didn't appreciate stepping up to 7f a week later but still looks held. Comicas started favourite for this a year ago but broke a blood vessel and performed badly in two runs in Australia in the autumn. Drafted ran over a mile on this card a year ago but has done much better since dropped to today's trip and scored at this level in January. However, he had less than a length to spare over TATO KEY and as that was the latter's first run since June and he was making his debut for new connections he's entitled to come on markedly and can reverse the places. Thammin dropped down to 5f to land a Listed contest at Jebel Ali last month and has no problems with the extra while the Sweden-trained I Kirk made a big impression when making all in a handicap over the course and distance in January.

Formwatch

Lansky (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) 5th of 14, 4 1/4l behind On The Warpath (8-13) at Meydan 7f hcp gd in Feb.

Switzerland (USA) 11-2 (9-5) 2nd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Lavaspin (8-5) at Meydan 6f hcp fst in Feb.

Comicas (USA) (9-6) last of 16, 2 1/2l behind at Flemington 6f in Nov.

Lavaspin 4-1 (8-5) won at Meydan 6f hcp fst in Feb beating Switzerland (9-5) by 2 1/4l, 10 ran.

Nine Below Zero 4-1 (9-1) 4th of 10, 3 3/4l behind Rodaini (8-13) at Meydan 7f hcp fst in Feb.

Thammin 10-3 (9-0) won at Jebel Ali 5f lst fst in Feb beating High On Life (9-0) by 4l, 7 ran.

My Catch (IRE) 10-3 (9-0) 3rd of 7, 5 1/4l behind Thammin (9-0) at Jebel Ali 5f lst fst in Feb.

Drafted (USA) 13-8fav (9-0) won at Meydan 6f Grp 3 stks fst in Jan beating Tato Key (9-0) by 3/4l, 6 ran.

I Kirk (SWE) 13-2 (9-6) won at Meydan 6f hcp fst in Jan beating Honorable Treasure (9-4) by 3 1/4l, 7 ran.

Tato Key (ARG) 13-2 (9-0) 2nd of 6, 3/4l behind Drafted (9-0) at Meydan 6f Grp 3 stks fst in Jan.