2023 Dubai Sheema Classic Betting Odds at Meydan racecourse

Saturday, 25 March 2023

The Dubai Sheema Classic has been in operation since 1998, with Meydan Racecourse hosting an encounter which takes place over 2,410 metres. This is a turf encounter where the betting suggests that Equinox is the horse to beat, with the bookies having been impressed by several performances and bidding to follow in the footsteps of former champions.

Shahryar was the 2022 winner and it has been a spate of four-year-olds who have been securing a victory in this race recently, with Charlie Appleby and John Gosden having dominated this encounter before 2022 when a Japanese raider was able to break the stranglehold.

2023 Dubai Sheema Classic Tips

Equinox is a Japanese horse with a seemingly bright future. On Christmas Day, the four-year-old was able to land the spoils at Nakayama, with the runner beating fifteen other horses to claim a win in the Arima Kinen over one mile, four and a half furlongs. This was a Grade 1 encounter and there were plenty of good horses beaten in the process.

Previously to this came a victory in the Tenno Sho at Tokyo which was another Grade One encounter, with the 8/5 favourite beating Panthalassa into second. However, Emily Upjohn is set to come over to Meydan Racecourse for this encounter and there was plenty to like about her performance on British Champions Day at Ascot.

Sent off as the 3/1 favourite in the Fillies and Mares’ Stakes over one mile and four furlongs, there was a three-length win over 50/1 outsider Thunder Kiss. John Gosden will hope that his charge can benefit from the mares’ allowance when it comes to this encounter and it’s hard to crab a horse who seems to always her lines right.

2022 Dubai Sheema Classic Tips

The past seven Dubai Sheema Classic races have seen a succession of four-year-olds and five-year-olds claim a victory. It therefore means we should be looking at horses of this age when it comes to the 2022 horse racing odds, with John Gosden and Charlie Appleby having dominated the landscape in recent years.

Mishriff was the four-year-old who claimed the spoils in 2021 after the COVID-19 pandemic put paid to the 2020 renewal, while Hawkbill and Old Persian having obliged for trainer Appleby in the preceding years and that triumph happened after Jack Hobbs was another winner for Godolphin Racing.

Shahryar is among the Dubai Sheema Classic betting favourites, with trainer Hideaki Fujiwara hoping that his four-year-old can produce a bright performance when it comes to the Meydan racecard. The horse was last seen in the Grade 1 Tokyo Cup on 28 November 2021, with the horse finishing a decent third at Tokyo Racecourse.

The runner finished fourth in the Kobe Shimbun Hai when being sent off as the 4/5 betting favourite, while the 30 May 2021 saw Shahryar secure a famous victory in the Tokyo Yushun which is also known as the Japanese Derby, so we know that the horse has the pedigree to perform well here.

Mishriff can’t be ignored and we will always take previous runners seriously when it comes to our Dubai World Cup meeting tips. The horse broke the race time record in 2021 and could return even better as a five-year-old. The horse was sent off at horse racing betting odds of 4/1 last year before landing the spoils by a neck.

The horse was previously sent off as 13/8 betting favourite in the Qipco Champion Stakes on British Champions Day, with the runner suffering from a sluggish start. However, jockey David Egan gave Mishriff a tremendous spin when winning the Juddmonte International Stakes on 18 August 2021.

Yibir is another interesting runner and it’s clear why many punters are making this horse their Dubai Sheema Classic betting tip. The horse has racked up three impressive recent victories and jockey William Buick produced the goods when steering the runner to success in the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf.

The Charlie Appleby-trained runner came up with the goods when winning the Jockey Club Derby Invitational Stakes at Belmont Stakes on 18 September 2021, with this being a two-and-a-half length win, while the horse demonstrated a winning mentality at the Knavesmire when winning the Sky Bet Great Voltigeur Stakes.