After a fine start to the year for the blog, last week was a disappointment. In particular Glass Office left its race in the stalls, broke poorly, was keen and stayed on well. Not one to give up on if reappearing in the UAE Guineas. i doubt would beat the winner from last week, the impressive Soft Falling Rain, but a place is definitely on if last week's run got rid of the 'froth' after a break.

This week's card is actually medium sized fields and yet a lot of guesswork as to fitness and some inexplicable jockey bookings to contend with.

The first selection is SAJJHAA (Meydan 4.50) NAP 2/1 Paddy Power looks big. Seconds on reappearance the last two seasons to Izzi Top and Midday, after a win in 2010, and i don't think there's anything of the standard of the aforementioned pair. First City won this race last year in what was a match with Mahbooba, by a nose, while Falls of Lora is another that can go well fresh but doesn't have the scope of the choice I feel.

Elsewhere it's a tricky card. Off 8 stone 2lbs, Layali Al Andalus has a decent chance e/w in the opener, but I'm not sure i trust this horse, and any bet for me would be price dependent, while once again the sprint is wide open, and Hitchens is possibly the percentage call (second in this last year), but again i'm not lured to a bet until seeing the market.
MasteroftheRolls in the second will be popular (third to Mutahadee last year reads well).

However at this stage my other two bets come in the remaining two races. ELDERLY PARADISE (3.40 Meydan) and Jamr should fight out the finish in this one. The selection ran really well here last week, is unexposed and stayed on really well last week over the shorter trip, despite having run prominently throughout, when second to Capital Attraction. Given that the winner had impressed at Jebel the week before when thrashing Forjatt, the form looks strong. Jamr has good Carnival form from last year, closely matched with the reliable Spring of Fame (NR here), but didn't cut much ice on reappearance behind Sharestan, but that was a better race than this.

If Don't Call me sets the standard in the last, it's a far from insurmountable one, and I'll take a chance that JET LEGEND e/w (Meydan 5.25) will at least make the frame. It was encouraging to see the De Kock team have a winner last week, and this one is unexposed after just a few career runs, and could easily be better than these.

On Friday (Morning) the aforementioned Captaital Attraction meets the Kings of Jebel Ali, Haatheq and TREBLE JIG. Should be a belting contest and while Capital Attraction is respected, I think that TREBLE JIG can go in again.

THURSDAY BETS: Edit First prices Paddy Power.

Meydan 3.40 Elderly Paradise (and rev f/c with Jamr). (11/4 Paddy Power)
Meydan 4.50 Sajjhaa (2/1 Paddy Power NAP Must be taken imho)
Meydan 5.25 Jet Legend e/w (4/1 Paddy Power)

(Other races, any bet(s) market dependent) Layali Al Andalus e/w (9/1 is good enough, PP); Hitchens e/w and MasteroftheRolls.


Jebel Ali: Treble Jig.

Thanks as always for popping in, hopefully something for Dundalk this week, and maybe even a jumping bet for the weekend, got my eye on one in Ireland (will be via twitter). ;)