Formerly known as the Dubai Duty Free Stakes, the 2017 Dubai Turf is scheduled for March 25, 2017, live from Meydan Racecourse in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Given that we are literally weeks away from one of the richest horse racing events in the world ($5 million), horseracing news, contenders, betting odds and predictions are slowly becoming available.
The official distance traveled in this event will be 8.9 furlongs, which equates to 1.1 miles (1,800 meters) on a left-handed turf track. Horse racing betting experts are aware that age qualifications for the 2017 Dubai Turf is Northern Hemisphere horses ages 4-years-od and up, while horses in the Southern Hemisphere will be limited to 3-years-old and older.
As far as weight is concerned, 3-year-old (and older) thoroughbreds from the Southern Hemisphere will not be allowed to surpass the 119.9-pound (54.4 kg) mark. Meanwhile, 4-year-olds (and older) from the Northern and Southern Hemisphere will max out at 125.6-pounds (57 kg).
Without further ado, here are the top three contenders to win the 2017 Dubai Turf in order of horse racing betting odds – followed by OSH’s early predictions choice for this pivotal race:
Ribchester (+350): Trained by Richard A. Fahey, Ribchester will be one of two frontrunners to win the 2017 Dubai Turf at +350 horse racing betting odds. This 4-year-old colt from Ireland has only placed outside the top three in one occasion in nine starts, which took place at the Prix Djebel (G3), where he finished fifth. Some of his most notable wins include Prix Jacques le Marois (G1), Jersey Stakes (G3) and Mill Reef Stakes (G2). Nevertheless, one of the cons when it comes to betting on Ribchester is the fact that this will be his very first experience dealing with the track conditions at Meydan Racecourse.
Zarak (+350): Knotted up atop the list of top contenders to win the 2017 Dubai Turf alongside Ribchesteris is Zarak at +350 horse racing betting odds. Trained by Alain De Royer-Dupre, this four-year-old colt hails out of France. While he lacks the amount of experience his counterpart does, he has one thing over Ribchester, which is track familiarity. The son of Dubawi has only three wins in his career, consisting of the Unraced Maiden, Conditions and most importantly, his victory at the Dubai Millennium Stakes (G3) last moth in Meydan Racecourse. Other nitable finishes include second place at the Prix du Jockey Club (G1) and Prix Guillaume d’Ornano (G2), along with a third-place effort at the Prix Dollar (G2) and placed fourth at the Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (G1).
Mutakayyef (+400): Trained by William J. Haggas, Mutakayyef comes in as a very competitive projected third-place finisher. Trailing Zarak and Ribchester by a mere +50 horse racing odds, this 4-year-old gelding hails from Great Britain. The son of Sea The Stars is the most experienced out of the top three horse racing odds favorites. Howecer, having that said, he will also be getting his first taste of competition on this track. Nevertheless, his 14 starts account for something, particularly considering he’s won the Summer Mile Stakes (G2), Ganton Stake and the Maiden Stakes. Other notable finishes include runner-up efforts at the Doonside Cup, Strensall Stakes (G3), Darley Stakes (G3), Tercentenary Stakes (G3), Newmarket Stakes, and in back-to-back years at the Maiden Stakes. Most recently, Mutakayyef was also third at the Woodbine Mile (G1) and Juddmonte International (G1).
- Dubai Turf Predictions 2017: Zarak +350
2017 Dubai Turf Contenders & Betting Odds
- Ribchester +350
- Zarak +350
- Mutakayyef +400
- Real Steel +400
- Helene Paragon +800
- Championship +1200
- Vivlos +1200
- Mondialiste +1200
- Decorated Knight +1200
- Intilaaq +1600
- Very Special +1600
- Forries Waltz +2500
- Opal Tiara +2500
- Ertijaal +4000
- Gabrial +5000