UNPLACED 3:50 – Southwell – LADBROKES HANDICAP (CLASS 2) (4yo+ 0–105) 7f Standard

Dubai Hills makes his debut for his new trainer at Southwell this afternoon and David O’Meara has wasted no time in finding him an opportunity back at Southwell, a venue at which he has such a strong record.

Dubai Hills has run 51 times in his career to date. The eight-year-old bay gelding has won nine times and been placed on a further 13 occasions. Just short of pattern class – he was only tried once in a Listed race – he has nevertheless amassed prize money of over £67,000.

His 38 runs on the flat turf have resulted in just two wins and 10 placed runs. He has a much better record on the all-weather winning seven times and finishing placed three times from 13 runs. His best form has been reserved for Southwell with eight wins from nine runs at the Nottinghamshire venue.

Dubai Hills runs over 7 furlongs this afternoon and his all-weather record over the trip reads five wins from eight runs. His record over course and distance is a very impressive five wins from five runs.

He is running in a Class 2 handicap off an Official rating of 99. He definitely needs to find some improvement to win again this afternoon as his highest winning mark is currently 93 which he achieved over course and distance in December.

He is ridden by Tom Eaves who knows Dubai Hills very well having ridden him 22 times when he was with Bryan Smart. The pair recorded four wins together including two wins at Southwell over 1 mile. He has ridden 36 times for David O’Meara winning on five occasions.

Dubai Hills has a perfect record over course and distance at Southwell. Although he is up in the weights again today he did win a Class 2 handicap on his last start here and demands the upmost respect again today.

Yesterday’s tip was unplaced.


 

TONY WARD

“”I live on the Cumbrian/Northumberland border. I have been involved in racing for over 20 years – the highlight being when a two-year-old I owned won first time out at Hamilton Park. I work in the racing game spending my time writing, researching and on course as a paddock judge – you can learn more about a horse’s chances watching them in the pre-parade and parade rings than you might imagine.”

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