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Gio Ponti (Dubai World Cup) and Pan River (Sheema Classic) come out on the track for the morning works on Wednesday.
2010 Dubai World Cup Workouts

Date: 03/24/2010

The $10 million Dubai World Cup (G1), now worth $4 million more than previous years, is the world's richest horse race, and will be contested on Saturday night, March 27, at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai. Wednesday morning at Meydan was warm but overcast, with daytime highs in the 90's all week. Many of the horses expected to run in the Dubai World Cup card on Saturday were out on the track to stretch their legs around the main Tapeta track, which is a distance of 1800 meters (about 1 1/8 miles).

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Here are photos and comments for 12 more horses with no repeats other than Gio Ponti. Please click the smaller photos to see a larger version.


Twice Over, trained by Henry Cecil drew post 11 in the World Cup, and Racing Manager Teddy Grimthorpe said "All our three horses have been drawn wide and it's disappointing as they all need to be handy. Twice Over hit a flat spot last summer but Henry Cecil found two confidence boosting wins and he won the Championships Stakes at Newmarket really well, and then ran a blinder at the Breeders' Cup. the idea of taking him to California was to find out if he acted on a synthetic surface as this race has always been in the back of our mind."

Benbaun was out for a gallop on Wednesday morning in preparation for the Golden Shaheen. He has not raced since finishing 4th in the Prix de l'Abbaye at Longchamp in October. Regular rider Pat Smullen gets the call on Saturday out of post 3.

Dar Re Mi cleared quarantine Wednesday morning and came out on the All Weather track for an easy canter. Gosden said of the Sheema Classic entrant, "She travelled well. She came with the other on the Cargo flight on Sunday. She seems to be in good order and cantered an easy mile. We'll probably do a little canter on the turf tomorrow." She drew post 14 and will have new jockey William Buick in the irons.

Finjaan was sent out for a maintenance gallop by trainer Marcus Tregoning in preparation for the Al Quoz Sprint. Jockey Richard Hills said, "This sprint turf course is a stiffish test, and you will need a horse who gets the trip well to win, and Finjaan is a sprinter who has both speed and stamina, as he showed when winning the Lennox Stakes at Goodwood last summer. He will love that ground out there on Saturday and everything is right, so I hope he'll run a huge race."

Fravashi came out for a gallop in preparation for his start in the Al Quoz Sprint. Simon Crisford, racing manager for Godolphin said, "Fravashi, who won a Group 2 in Australia, drops back in trip and will have benefited from the experience on his first run on the surface on Super Thursday." Ahmed Ajtebi rides Fravashi for Saeed bin Suroor out of post 7. He said: "Conditions should suit him and his best form would give him a chance in another open contest."

Gio Ponti was sent out again by trainer Christophe Clement and is the expected favorite in the World Cup. "He's been all about business," said Christophe Lorieul, assistant to trainer Christophe Clement who has been in the saddle as well as supervising Gio Ponti's care. "I've been telling (Clement) that he is getting better and better; every day he has gone up. He's just like a pro. I think we stand exactly where we are supposed to be at this point. All around, I think he's doing as good as he can be and I hope we see the real Gio Ponti on Saturday."

Gitano Hernando had a steady canter on the All Weather track Wednesday morning. His trainer Marco Botti said: "I couldn't have planned things to go any better than they have. Touch wood, it will stay like that. I'm very pleased with him and so and is his jockey Kieren Fallon. We're just keeping him ticking over until the race and he'll have a half-speed blowout on Friday." He drew post 2 and regular rider Kieren Fallon gets the call in the World Cup.

Good Ba Ba cantered on the All- Weather track Wednesday morning under trainer Derek Cruz, who said "All's well. He's another happy horse. He will back on the turf tomorrow morning probably." The three-time Hong Kong Mile winner drew post 2 in the Duty Free and will have Weichong Marwing in the irons.

Joy and Fun, Hong Kong's hope in the Al Quoz Sprint, was out on Wednesday afternoon. Trainer Derek Cruz said: "He just lobbed along like the happy horse he is with my assistant John Mok on him. He might have another blow tomorrow morning on the turf." Regular rider Brett Doyle will be in the irons breaking from post 6 in the 1200 meter (6 furlong) sprint over the turf straightaway.

Jukebox Jury has not started since finishing second in the Canadian International at Woodbine, which trainer Mark Johnston says concerns him a "wee bit. We've done a lot of work with him at home, so he should be fit." He will break from the rail in the Sheema Classic with regular rider Royston Ffrench aboard.

Regal Parade was out for a gallop on Wednesday for trainer David Nicholls. He comes into the Golden Shaheen off a win in the Haydock Sprint Cup (G1) in September. Regular rider Adrian Nicholls will be in the irons and will break from the 9 hole on Saturday night.

Summit Surge was out for some last minute preparations for the Godolphin Mile. Trainer Luca Cumani said, "He's a progressive horse and was finishing strongly when third here earlier in the month. But unlike Presvis, who is going to be one of the favorites in the Duty Free, Summit Surge's chance is much less obvious. But he's certainly in good shape and we're hoping for a decent show from him." Regular rider Kieren Fallon gets the call and drew post 13.

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