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108 Mystic Guide
Oaklawn Park (Feb 27): Razorback Hcap G3 $600,000, 1m½f, dirt, 4yo+
Trainer: Michael Stidham
Jockey: Luis Saez
Owner: Godolphin Racing LLC
Pedigree: 4 ch c Ghostzapper – Music Note (A.P. Indy)
Without much in the way of fanfare, Godolphin’s Mystic Guide has compiled an impressive CV – to the extent that he will start a leading contender for the Dubai World Cup, if he is given the go-ahead for the Meydan highlight on March 27.
That seems a more probable scenario after the last few days, for more than one reason. Firstly, Godolphin’s Maxfield is set to run this weekend in the Santa Anita Handicap, making Dubai an unlikely prospect.
Second, Mystic Guide himself launched his four-year-old campaign with a dominant victory in the slop at Oaklawn Park in the Razorback, where he raced four deep before being produced on the far turn and then sloshing home by six lengths from a classy type in Silver Prospector.
His career record now stands at three wins from seven starts, among them victory in last year’s Jim Dandy plus a runner-up effort in the G1 Jockey Club Gold Cup.
This was better than both of those, however, and was rewarded with a massive 108 Beyer – joint-best of the year so far and the equivalent of Knicks Go in the Pegasus. “The Jim Dandy was a big step forward for him and the Jockey Club Gold Cup was another big effort,” said Dan Pride, Godolphin USA’s chief operating officer. “We are very excited about what this year holds.”
Meanwhile, after another round of Kentucky Derby prep races, Life Is Good still owns the sole three-digit Beyer as a three-year-old from this year’s Classic crop. Kentucky favourite Essential Quality got a 96 for his Oaklawn victory.
Dubai World Cup betting (Ladbrokes): 7-2 Mystic Guide, 5 Military Law, 6 Jesus Team, Tacitus, 8 Maxfield, 9 Cafe Pharoah, 12 Salute The Soldier, Sleepy Eyes Todd, 16 bar.
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