Round one of the Al Maktoum Challenge is the highlight of the six-race card on the first day of the carnival and it’s brought together a star-studded line-up befitting of the Group 2 status.SURFER
(best price 11/2)
has been handed a decent chance to follow up last year’s success having been gifted a similarly favourable draw in stall two (stall one last year), and with his two main market rivals a little stranded out in more choppier waters, there’s every chance Saeed Seemar’s inmate can repeat the dose. Often best when fresh, the strapping son of Distorted Humour powered his way to the front rounding the home turn to pull readily clear of the very smart Frankyfourfingers twelve months ago and even though he failed to follow up against his old rival next time out, he still ran a creditable race over a trip beyond his best.
If the main selection does come up short,LE BERNADIN (best price 6/1)
looks one of the few with the class and capabilities to take advantage. His latest victory over the C&D was achieved in a rapid time and even though his stall position could prevent him from repeating a similar all-the-way success, he has to be worth a small saver just in case things do go his way.