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14:20 Meydan (UAE)

Dubai City Of Gold Sponsored By Emirates Skycargo Group 2 Stakes - Turf

  • 10 Runners
  • Distance: 1m 4f
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
  • AED1,096,875 added
  • Winner: AED627,522
  • 2nd: AED237,365
  • 3rd: AED117,913
  • 4th: AED53,965
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 2m 32.68s
  • Off Time: 14:20:15
  • 10 Ran
1(1)
Silk - Dark blue, white star, dark blue, white striped sleeves, dark blue cap

Crowned Eagle

124 BF
28/1
  • Form 262025-
  • Age 5
  • Weight 9-0
  • Official Rating 110

2(2)
Silk - Royal blue, royal blue sleeves, royal blue cap

Old Persian

175 D
4/6
  • Form 211615-
  • Age 4
  • Weight 8-11
  • Official Rating 117

3(3)
Silk - Black, red hoop, black sleeves with orange stripes, black cap with orange stripes
100/1
  • Form 8/540P-6
  • Age 7
  • Weight 9-0
  • Official Rating 100

4(4)
Silk - Black, orange star, orange sleeves, orange cap
40/1
  • Form 226-324
  • Age 7
  • Weight 9-0
  • Official Rating 103

5(5)
Silk - Royal blue, royal blue sleeves, white cap

Spotify (FR)

16 p CCD
7/1
  • Form 7463-11
  • Age 5
  • Weight 9-0
  • Official Rating 112

6(6)
Silk - Royal blue, royal blue sleeves, red cap
  • Form 23/6-232
  • Age 7
  • Weight 9-0
  • Official Rating 111

7(7)
Silk - Blue, red stripe, blue, red striped sleeves, blue, red striped cap
14/1
  • Form 323138-
  • Age 6
  • Weight 9-0
  • Official Rating 112

8(8)
Silk - Yellow, dark blue, yellow stars sleeves, yellow, dark blue star cap
12/1
  • Form 726131-
  • Age 7
  • Weight 9-0
  • Official Rating 118

9(9)
Silk - White and royal blue halved horizontally, pink sleeves, royal blue cap
33/1
  • Form 90/53-95
  • Age 7
  • Weight 9-0
  • Official Rating 112

10(10)
Silk - Royal blue, royal blue sleeves, black cap

Team Talk

16 h
22/1
  • Form 840-424
  • Age 6
  • Weight 9-0
  • Official Rating 109

In depth

Verdict

Desert Encounter is top-rated here thanks to a brilliant victory in the Canadian International at Woodbine in October. He won a Group 3 at Newbury in 2017 after a long absence so the lack of a recent run shouldn't be a problem. OLD PERSIAN is another returning after a break but he won first time back last year so he'll be ready and the King Edwards VII Stakes and Great Voltiguer winner will be very difficult to beat. Racing History was finishing like the proverbial train when just failing to catch Spotify last time and can gain revenge while Sharpalo was going on at the finish when just beaten by the latter in January and can snatch a place at fair odds.

Formwatch

Crowned Eagle 13-8fav (9-4) Tracked leaders, unable to quicken as pace lifted 2f out, plugged on late, 5th of 10, 7 1/2l behind Kasperenko (9-4) at Kempton 1m 4f lst stks (1) pol in Nov.

Old Persian 8-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, headway 3f out, led narrowly over 2f out, ridden and headed inside final 2f, no impression from over 1f out, 5th of 12, 10 3/4l behind Kew Gardens (9-1) at Doncaster 1m 7f Grp 1 stks (1) gd in Sep.

Second Summer (USA) 66-1 (9-0) last of 6, 16l behind North America (9-0) at Meydan 1m 1f Grp 2 fst in Feb.

Sharpalo (FR) 8-1 (9-3) 4th of 14, 2 1/4l behind Mountain Hunter (9-1) at Meydan 1m 4f hcp gd in Feb.

Spotify (FR) 8-1 (9-0) won at Meydan 1m 2f Grp 3 stks gd in Feb beating Racing History (9-0) by shd, 8 ran.

Racing History (IRE) 5-1 (9-0) 2nd of 8, shd behind Spotify (9-0) at Meydan 1m 2f Grp 3 stks gd in Feb.

Prince Of Arran (9-0) 8th of 14, 7l behind Exultant (9-0) at Sha Tin 1m 4f Grp 1 gd in Dec.

Desert Encounter (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Off slw,rlly,lugged in, won at Woodbine 1m 4f stks gd in Oct beating Thundering Blue (9-0) by 1l, 11 ran.

Marinaresco (SAF) 14-1 (9-0) 5th of 9, 6 1/4l behind Mythical Magic (9-0) at Meydan 1m Grp 2 gd in Feb.

Team Talk 14-1 (9-0) 4th of 8, 1 1/2l behind Spotify (9-0) at Meydan 1m 2f Grp 3 stks gd in Feb.