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The world's richest race meeting and the world's richest horse race, the $10 million Dubai World Cup, will be conducted at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai on Saturday. On Wednesday evening the post positions were drawn for the Dubai World Cup (G1), which features some of the best older horses in the world going 2000 meters (about 1 1/4 miles) on the main Tapeta synthetic track. Post positions for the big race and the undercard races are available below. An online racecard is available from Dubai Racing Club where you can click on each horse's name to get a form summary. AmWest Entertainment has free past performances here. A Form Guide which has past performances for the entire card is also available from Emirates Racing Authority.
This is the very first Dubai World Cup (in 19 runnings) lacking a U.S.-trained entrant. Coolmore representative Ruler of the World is the lukewarm 9-2 favorite, drawing post 12 in the full field of 16, unraced since finishing a close third in the QIPCO Champion Stakes (G1) at Ascot in October. Joseph O'Brien gets the call for trainer and father Aidan. In to challenge him included 5-1 second choice Ron the Greek who drew the outside stall 16. The 2013 Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) winner was purchased by King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Sons in December, and won a 1 1/8 mile allowance race at King Abdulaziz Racecourse last out for new trainer Nicholas Bachalard. Jose Lezcano will be in for the ride. Hong Kong representative Military Attack is the 8-1 third choice out of post 8. He comes here off a win in the Hong Kong Gold Cup (G1). Jockey Joao Moreira gets the call on Saturday night for trainer John Moore.
Harry Herbert, racing advisor to Al Shaqab Racing, new partners in Ruler of the World said, "Ideally we would have liked to have been two or three stalls lower, but Joseph O'Brien is a master at getting a good position. He will work it with his father Aidan." Nicholas Bachalard, trainer of Ron the Greek said, "The horse has been training very well. Not much we can do about (the draw). The others don't have to worry now Ė we've drawn it. There's not much to say. Lezcano has his work cut out for him. It's a long way around (from the outside). We'll look at it, talk about it and figure out a strategy."
The connections of the Dubai World Cup horses at the post position draw.
The undercard features the two richest turf races in the world, the 2410 meter (about 1 1/2 mile) Sheema Classic (G1) and the 1800 meter (about 1 1/8 mile) Duty Free (G1), worth $5 million each. In the Sheema Classic, Breeders' Cup Turf (G1) winner Magician takes on dual Japan Cup (G1) winner Gentildonna and Hong Kong Cup (G1) third place finisher Cirrus des Aigles. In the Duty Free, Breeders' Cup Turf runner-up The Fugue takes on Filly and Mare Turf (G1) winner Dank and Tenno Sho Autumn (G2) winner Just A Way. Top dirt/synthetic sprinters go 1200 meters (6 furlongs) in the $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen (G1), with local heroes Reynaldothewizard and Complicate competing with Hong Kong invader Rich Tapestry. The $1 million Al Quoz Sprint (G1) features turf sprinters going 1000 meters (5 furlongs) on the straightaway.
Along with the four Group 1 events, there are 2 Group 2 events and a Group 3 race carded. The $2 million UAE Derby (G2) features northern hemisphere 3-year-olds and southern hemisphere 4-year-olds going 1900 meters (1 3/16 miles) on the main Tapeta, worth 100 points to the winner under the Road to the Kentucky Derby. Giovanni Boldini represents Coolmore off his second place finish in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1). The night starts off with the $500,000 Dubai Kahayla Classic (G1) for purebred Arabians, followed by the $1 million Godolphin Mile (G2) at 1600 meters (1 mile) on Tapeta and the $1 million Dubai Gold Cup (G3) at 3200 meters (2 miles) on turf.
|Post Time||Race Name|
|9:10 a.m. ET||Godolphin Mile|
|9:45 a.m. ET||Dubai Gold Cup (T)|
|10:25 a.m. ET||UAE Derby|
|11:03 a.m. ET||Al Quoz Sprint (T)|
|11:41 a.m. ET||Dubai Golden Shaheen|
|12:39 p.m. ET||Dubai Duty Free (T)|
|1:17 p.m. ET||Dubai Sheema Classic (T)|
|2:05 p.m. ET||Dubai World Cup|
Since betting is illegal in the UAE, the international wagering hub is located in South Africa and their rules apply. Win, exacta, trifecta, superfecta, daily double (Sheema Classic and World Cup), and rolling Pick 3 wagering are the same as the American versions, however, there is no show pool but bets to place pay to third place, like a show bet normally would. Since Dubai won't do odds, the morning line odds shown below are from Equibase's past performance file.
The races will be shown live in the U.S. on TVG in the U.S. and HPI-TV in Canada, as well as at racetracks and simulcast sites. Equibase past performances from AmWest Entertainment.
Below are the entries and post positions for the Dubai World Cup. All entrants carry 57 kg (126 lb).
|1||Prince Bishop (Ire)||Saeed bin Suroor||Kieren Fallon||10-1|
|2||Belshazzar (Jpn)||Kunihide Matsuda||Christophe Lemaire||10-1|
|3||Vancouverite (GB)||Charlie Appleby||William Buick||15-1|
|4||Akeed Mofeed (GB)||Richard Gibson||Douglas Whyte||10-1|
|5||Sanshaawes (SAf)||Mike de Kock||Christophe Soumillon||12-1|
|6||African Story (GB)||Saeed bin Suroor||Silvestre De Sousa||20-1|
|7||Hillstar (GB)||Sir Michael Stoute||Ryan Moore||30-1|
|8||Military Attack (Ire)||John Moore||Joao Moreira||8-1|
|9||Side Glance (GB)||Andrew Balding||Jamie Spencer||30-1|
|10||Surfer (USA)||Satish Seemar||Richard Mullen||30-1|
|11||Hokko Tarumae (Jpn)||Katsuichi Nishiura||Hideaki Miyuki||12-1|
|12||Ruler of The World (Ire)||Aidan O'Brien||Joseph O'Brien||9-2|
|13||Mukhadram (GB)||William Haggas||Paul Hanagan||20-1|
|14||Red Cadeaux (GB)||Ed Dunlop||Gerald Mosse||15-1|
|15||Cat O'Mountain (USA)||Charlie Appleby||Mickael Barzalona||20-1|
|16||Ron the Greek (USA)||Nicholas Bachalard||Jose Lezcano||5-1|
Entries and post positions for the entire card with free past performances
Left: Trainer William Haggas draws post 13 for British runner Mukhadram in the Dubai World Cup. This year, to ensure a "double blind" draw, an Emirates Airline flight attendant would select an Airbus A380 model which had the name of a horse on the bottom. A connection for that horse would come up on stage and select a trophy which would have the post position number on the bottom. Haggas said, "I'd have preferred a low one. We don't have a clue (about the surface) and we won't show it to him until Saturday night. The post will make the jockey's task more difficult, but there's nothing you can do about the draw or the weather Ė so you just get on with it. It's unfortunate."
Right: Trainer Richard Gibson drew post 4 for Hong Kong based Akeed Mofeed. Gibson said, ďAll the bad draws had already been taken. The pressure was gone. Iím thrilled with barrier 4. Statistically itís the best draw in the race which I didnít know so we canít be disappointed with that.Ē
Left: Trainer Saeed bin Suroor in front of the trophies. He drew post 1 for Prince Bishop and post 6 for African Story, both based in Dubai. He said, "(Prince Bishop) has a good turn of foot and the plan will be to take a good early position. Physically the horse is very much better than last year and we are hoping for a good run. Kieren Fallon gets on very well with him. It's simple for (African Story). He can be there, sitting handy in the race and use his speed at the end."
Right: Trainer John Moore drew post 8 for Hong Kong based Military Attack. He said, "Very pleased. Exactly where I wanted to be. He's tactically versatile, so being drawn in the middle gives us options and we can watch the race form around us. There's a lot of Hong Kong interest in the race with two horses in the Dubai World Cup Ė the world's greatest race. We're looking forward to the challenge."
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