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Ratings Update: Dubai World Cup
Adam Houghton highlights the major changes in the Timeform ratings following Dubai World Cup night at Meydan, and a week of fairly low-key National Hunt racing.
While the Aintree and Punchestown Festivals look set to provide a thrilling climax to the jumps season, Dubai World Cup night at Meydan very much signifies a changing of the seasons, with five Group 1 contests whetting the appetite for the Flat campaign ahead.
Arrogate (up 2 lb to 141) took top billing in the build-up and lived up to his reputation with a performance that had to be seen to be believed. Few will disagree that Arrogate was value for winning the Dubai World Cup with more in hand than the bare form suggests, but to what degree?
Arrogate found himself in a very poor early position when squeezed out badly at the start, losing something like five lengths on the eventual runner-up Gun Runner (up 3 lb to 130) in the first 100m or so. Gun Runner’s performance suggests he was ridden in a broadly efficient manner – the four-year-old certainly wasn’t stopping at the finish and confirmed himself a top-class performer in the process – and Arrogate was value for more than the bare margin for running him down.