As per usual on the Dubai World Cup undercard, most of the American entries who are not Curlin (pictured) seem outclassed (excepting, of course, the sprinters in the Golden Shaheen). I’d planned to do a real run-down of each race, but circumstances intervened; instead, here are a few horses I’ll be keeping my eye on throughout the day.
Elusive Warning – Seems to be improving, but has a very wide post position
Diamond Stripes – The best American horse in the race
Watch What Happens - Interesting Hong Kong star should make it fun
Cocoa Beach – One of the toughest mares around (and was champion 3 year old filly in Chile last year) – she’s got a great shot
Numaany – Lest we forget this
Royal Vintage/Honour Devil - Hard to choose between these two Michael de Kock entries
My Indy – If Frankie Detorri chose this horse over Cocoa Beach, he might know something — but he’s a very lightly-raced colt
Dubai Golden Shaheen
Cobalt Blue – Whenever I overlook him, he wins.
Diabolical – He seems to like his new surroundings at Nad al Sheba
Benny the Bull – Always does well, has Edgar Prado aboard
Calrissian – OK, this one really is just for his name. I couldn’t resist. Smooth!
Idiot Proof – Another top-class US sprinter
Dubai Duty Free
Seachange – I am a big fan of this New Zealand-bred mare
Finsceal Beo – She seems to beat all comers, male or female, everywhere she goes. I am very much looking forward to seeing her
Darjina – Hey, she’s beaten Finsceal Beo
Vodka – Tough Japanese mare deserves respect
Dubai Sheema Classic
Youmzain – He’s always finished just behind the best of his generation (e.g. Dylan Thomas); in their absence, he should run a big race
Spring House - One of the most under-rated US horses running today could spring an upset
Oracle West – Another Mike de Kock entrant worth watching
Better Talk Now – Must as I admire him, I’m don’t think it’s going to be his day
Doctor Dino – Interesting winner of the Hong Kong Vase
Gower Song - She seems to love Dubai; quality mare
Dubai World Cup
Curlin – He can only beat himself
Jalil – While I don’t think he’s in the same class, given an off day for Curlin, he could be right there
Asiatic Boy – Bad race last time out, but was it a throwout?
Kocab – André Fabre wouldn’t be here if he didn’t think he had a shot of hitting the board
Happy Boy – Always-impressive Brazillian star could get up for second
Vermillion – The Japanese star has been working well in Japan and could wind up in the money All in all, it should be a good day – and I’m thrilled I finally have TVG and HRTV so that I can actually enjoy it.