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4.45 – ARROGATE – Meydan (1/3) with BET365
WIN DOUBLE – around (4/1)
POSTPONED won this a year ago but unlike this time around, he arrived on the back of a facile victory in the Group 2. POSTPONED was surprisingly beaten last time by PRIZE MONEY but he had fitness edge that day and POSTPONED suffered horrific interference when mounting a serious challenge and had to switch inside but finished the race very well to only be beaten a neck.ROGER VARIAN says he’s got him good shape and jockey ANDREA ATZENI says he’s back in top shape and really feels that he will bounce back and win this for the second year running. POSTPONED was so impressive in this race last season and this time around, the race looks a lot weaker as he beaten HIGHLAND REEL convincingly last year. POSTPONED wasn’t at his best when fifth in the Arc de Triumph but that was a cracking effort considering he ran below par.
POSTPONED is a high-class horse and is rated the highest horse in the field. I’m sure ANDREA ATZENI won’t get him into trouble today and he’s been given stall 7 so he will avoid all traffic issues. POSTPONED will be hard to beat and the only thing getting this horse beaten is POSTPONED but he’s a cracking price at the moment with proven course form and top-class wins from last season.
This race is all about ARROGATE, a terrible price but that’s the reason why I’m playing this horse in a double with the previous selection. ARROGATE has won his last six starts, including the last three at Grade 1 level. One of those, beating the fantastic CALIFORNIA CHROME in the Breeders Cup Classic and then won last time out in the Pegasus by an impressive four lengths.
ARROGATE was described by trainer BOB BAFFERT as the dirt version of FRANKEL and said to have this horse in the best shape possible. Jockey MIKE SMITH also said he’s never sat on a horse with such powerful ability to cover lengths in just one stride. Don’t forget, he ridden the high-class ZENYATTA in all her career starts and this horse seems no different. ARROGATE has destroyed most of this opposition before apart from some unexposed types.
I just feel, ARROGATE is in a different league to all rivals here and I’m expecting a victory by a good distance. Anything else will do well to even close but ARROGATE should add another victory as he’s rated the best horse in the world and he can prove himself again here. He’s a very short price but the double pays around 3/1 so hopefully all being well, both should win and give us a nice double unless something goes wrong.