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The 2018 Dubai World Cup Carnival steps up a gear at Meydan today with pair of Group 2 races, the Al Rashidiya and Al Fahidi Fort. Mike de Kock has an excellent record in the Al Rashidiya, winning the event no less than eight times since the inaugural running in 2000.

The South African launches a two-pronged challenge, led by last year’s runner-up and beaten favourite Light The Lights, and exciting South African import Al Sahem, runner-up in the Durban July on his final outing in his native land for Sean Tarry before transferred to Dubai under the care of De Kock.

Christophe Soumillon, who teamed up with De Kock to win the Al Rashidiya for five successive years, starting in 2012, rides Light The Lights. The six-year-old arrives in good order, defeating Blair House and six others in handicap company two weeks ago, seven days after a posting an encouraging comeback in Group 3 company. He has sound claims and is fancied to put up a bold show.

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