Escaping the weather in Dubai

first_img[dropcap]E[/dropcap]ver get the feeling it might just be one of those days ?Just finished writing up a preview for the televised Kidderminster Harriers v Cambridge United match tonight in the Skrill Premier League, AKA ‘The Conference’, when news arrived via twitter that heavy rain has resulted in a pitch inspection.Cambridge, for what it’s worth, are the bet – either for tonight, or, for when it is rearranged.The weather is continuing to play havoc with the racing fixtures over the jumps and Friday’s cards at Newcastle and Bangor have already been called off and Uttoxeter are the latest track to announce an inspection, 8am Friday, ahead of Saturday’s card.Fingers crossed that the Star Sports sponsored card at Warwick on Saturday gets the go-ahead. The going is currently soft but ominously heavy rain is forecast this afternoon running through to Friday morning.The big race is the Star Sports Kingmaker Novices’ Chase, due off at 2.40 on Saturday and televised live by Channel 4.But in search of a bet today I’m heading where the weather is not an issue – Dubai for the Group 2 race at 5.40pm which has attracted a 16 strong field in what looks a competitive race.We’re starting to see some good races ahead of the Carnival and this is a key trial for the Dubai World Cup itself.The familiar figure of Epsom Derby fourth Battle Of Marengo is now in the care of UAE champion trainer Ernst Oertel and Frankie Dettori takes the ride today but my idea of a bet is African Story who finished fifth in last years Dubai World Cup and has already proved he can run well after a break.RECOMMENDED BET (1-10 points)6 points AFRICAN STORY at around 7/2 with Star SportsRUNNING RETURN (FEBRUARY): PROFIT 2.00 POINTSRUNNING RETURN (YEAR): PROFIT 12.72 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img

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