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2022 Dubai World Cup Workouts


Hot Rod Charlie looks good on Monday morning at Meydan.
Date: 3/21/2022

On Monday morning in Dubai, entrants for the $12 million Dubai World Cup (G1) and its rich undercard were at Meydan Racecourse on the main track, turf course, and training tracks. Unlike Sunday, it was foggy at the start of training with temperatures in the low 70's but this soon gave way to sun and low 80's in the afternoon. The races will be run Saturday evening (Saturday morning in North America), with the World Cup going to post at 9:40pm local time (1:40pm ET). In North America the full card will be broadcast live on TVG in the U.S. and HPI-TV in Canada. In addition, NBC Sports Network's show will start at 12:30pm.

Here are photos and comments for 13 horses that were out Monday morning. Please click the smaller photos to see a larger version.


Life Is Good (Dubai World Cup) galloped on the main track. Trainer Todd Pletcher is trying to win his first World Cup, saying, “Of the races we haven’t yet won, this is the one I’d put at the top of the list.” Elliott Walden of owner WinStar Farm added, “He goes in draw reins but doesn’t need draw reins, and now he’s using them properly. He’s setting his head the right way and rounding out his back, not fighting to run off.”

Hot Rod Charlie (Dubai World Cup) went out for a gallop on Monday. Trainer Doug O'Neill said, “We're optimistic. Flavien (Prat) knows the horse well, so we're optimistic for a good run. “Our staff has been showing Hot Rod a lot of love every day they've been with him in Dubai. He's ready to go. It's going to be a great race.” He won the Maktoum Challenge Round 2 (G2) on February 4 for his final prep.

Aero Trem (Dubai World Cup) galloped on the main track. The Gran Premio Latinoamericano (G1) winner comes here off a 5th place finish in the Saudi Cup (G1).

Sir Busker (Dubai Turf) was 8th in the Singspiel Stakes (G2) then 4th in the Jebel Hatta (G1).

Dr. Schivel (Golden Shaheen) worked 3f in 36 seconds. Melissa Saldana, assistant to trainer Mark Glatt said, “We blew him out a little bit and he did it well, nice and easy. Everyone was on a Saturday work schedule, but we gave him a couple extra days. We came the furthest from Los Angeles. He’s handled everything well here.”

Reiwa Homare (UAE Derby) comes here off a close second in an allowance at Hanshin on October 24.

Kiefer (UAE Derby) is a southern hemisphere 4-year-old. He was 2nd in the UAE 2000 Guineas (G3) before disappointing 6th in the Saudi Derby (G3).

Quality Boone (UAE Derby) is a southern hemisphere 4-year-old. He was 3rd in the UAE 2000 Guineas (G3) before winning the listed Al Bastakiya, the main local preps for this race.

Lauda Sion (Al Quoz Sprint) galloped on the turf. After finishing 11th in the Hanshin Cup (G2) he finished 4th in the 1351 Turf Sprint (G3) in Riyadh.

Entscheiden (Al Quoz Sprint) was 9th in the listed New Year Stakes at Nakayama before disappointing 14th in the 1351 Turf Sprint (G3) in Riyadh.

Mirinaque (Gold Cup) was second in the Gran Premio Dardo Rocha (G1) and Gran Premio Carlos Pellegrini (G1) before finishing 6th in the Red Sea Turf Handicap (G3) in Riyadh.

Rodrigo Diaz (Gold Cup) was 4th in the Doncaster Cup (G2) in September before finishing 6th in the Nad al Sheba Trophy (G3), the main local prep for the Gold Cup.

Algiers (Godolphin Mile) was second in an allowance on January 29 before winning the Jebel Ali Mile (G3), both at Jebel Ali Racetrack in Dubai.

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