The post positions are set for Dubai World Cup day. Here’s our quick race-by-race rundown (including links to the handy interactive racecards from Emirates Racing).
Gayego seems to be thriving since his purchase by Godolphin and his subsequent move to the UAE; he won over the same track earlier this month. Godolphin also has Two Step Salsa in this race. Art of War finished third behind Asiatic Boy earlier this month, but the shorter distance may suit him here. California-based Informed is looking to build his profile as well. While it’s an interesting field all around, I like Gayego’s chances.
This is, on paper, Desert Party’s coming out party; a win here sends him to Kentucky. Looking to spoil the his day are Regal Ransom and Redding Colliery, both horses who finished behind him last time out. I should know more about the rest of the field, but alas, I do not. I wouldn’t be entirely surprised to see Desert Party beaten, though.
Indian Blessing was a bit unlucky to draw the outside post here; I don’t think that bodes well for her chances, but I also think Diabolical is not quite the threat he might have been in the past. Hammadi is coming off a win here and he may be one to watch. I do hope Indian Blessing gets to pick up a check.
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This may be the most competitive race on the card – there are so many horses I like in this race, including Archipenko, Tuesday Joy, Niconero, Paco Boy, Lady Marian and Jay Peg hoping to defend his title. Kip Deville seems outgunned here. I’m thinking Archipenko might pull it off, but Lady Marian has Frankie Dettori aboard…
Another very interesting international field; Youmzain may be past his best, and I’m curious to see where Red Rocks fits in this picture, but I confess I’m chiefly watching Front House (a winner here recently), Doctor Dino and King of Rome. Quijano could give Germany a Dubai win.
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Asiatic Boy is looking to win after finishing second last year, and trainer Mike de Kock has again enlisted the services of Johnny Murtagh. Happy Boy is another strong contender, although the outside post position could be detrimental to My Indy. Albertus Maximus is the toughest US-based entrant and is doing everything right, but I’m not sure I love his or Well Armed’s chances on Saturday (and the same goes for Japan’s Casino Drive). Asiatic Boy just may pull it off this time.