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Timeform Dubai SmartPlays: Friday 18 February

Timeform pick out the three best bets at Meydan on Friday.

“…this Group 3 contest represents a drop in grade, so he’s an obvious choice to make it 5 from 5 on reappearance…”

Timeform on Manobo

Lazuli – Meydan 15.45

Lazuli benefited from the fitting of a tongue strap when chasing home his stablemate Man Of Promise here last month and a reproduction of that form should see him go one better with the headgear also retained. Khaadem came home one place behind the selection that day and is again feared most, while in-form He’s A Balter and the returning Acklam Express can fight it out for minor honours.

Manobo – Meydan 16.20

The unbeaten Manobo is very much the type to make a better 4-y-o and this Group 3 contest represents a drop in grade, so he’s an obvious choice to make it 5 from 5 on reappearance. The others will probably have to improve to overhaul the selection, but the likes of Rodrigo Diaz and Dubious Affair are unlikely to be far away.

Valiant Prince – Meydan 16.55

Valiant Prince is less exposed than most he meets here and arrives having landed a C&D handicap 26 days ago, again looking well-served by positive tactics. He gets the nod to continue the good work and complete the hat-trick. Motawaajed, Ascot Brass and Dubai Love are others fancied to be in the mix, along with Marie’s Diamond who ran well at listed level last time.

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