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2022 Dubai World Cup Workouts

Dubai World Cup favorite Life Is Good checks out the track on Sunday morning at Meydan.
Date: 3/20/2022

On Sunday 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. Conditions were typical for late March in the Emirates, with clear skies and temperatures in the low 70's during training hours before climbing to the high 70's during the day. 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 33 horses that were out Sunday morning. Please click the smaller photos to see a larger version.

Life Is Good (Dubai World Cup) galloped on the main track. He comes here off wins in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1) and Pegasus World Cup (G1). After he worked 5f in 1:00.22 at Palm Beach Downs last Thursday, trainer Todd Pletcher said, “Dynamite, super. He’s such a terrific workhorse, but maybe the tail end of the gallop-out today was more impressive than some of the ones before. It was kind of a ‘wow’ breeze. Knock on wood, everything has gone according to plan.”

Midnight Bourbon (Dubai World Cup) galloped on the main track. The Steve Asmussen trainee comes here off a third place finish in the Saudi Cup (G1) for owner Ron Winchell.

Chuwa Wizard (Dubai World Cup) was last year's runner-up.

Authority (Sheema Classic) was second in the Japan Cup (G1) before winning the Neom Turf Cup (G3) at Riyadh last out.

Shahryar (Sheema Classic) is unraced since finishing third beaten 3 1/2 lengths in the Japan Cup (G1) in November.

Stella Veloce (Sheema Classic) was a close second in the Nikkei Shinshun Hai (G2) after finishing 4th in the Arima Kinen (G1).

Hukum (Sheema Classic) galloped on the turf. He won the Dubai City of Gold (G2) on March 5, the main local prep for this race.

Burgas (Sheema Classic) was bred in Turkey. He finished 4th in the Dubai Millennium Stakes (G3) at Meydan on February 25.

Colonel Liam (Dubai Turf) comes here off his Pegasus World Cup Turf win. He worked 5f in 1:00.21 on Thursday at Palm Beach Downs before shipping. Trainer Todd Pletcher said, “He worked very well. Everything has also gone smoothly for him since the Pegasus Turf.”

Schnell Meister (Dubai Turf) is expected to be a favorite in the race, off a second place finish in the Mile Championship (G1) after winning the Mainichi Okan (G2) both in Japan.

Vin de Garde (Dubai Turf) is winless since October 2020, and was 6th in the Hong Kong Mile (G1) last out.

Panthalassa (Dubai Turf) comes here off a win in the Nakayama Kinen (G1) on February 27.

Drain the Clock (Golden Shaheen) was second in the listed Gulfstream Park Sprint on February 19 after winning an allowance on December 10. Trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. said, “He got beat last time but all the numbers say it was his best race yet.”

Red Le Zele (Golden Shaheen) was a distant 6th in the February Stakes (G1) after winning the JBC Sprint (local G1) in November.

Wondrwherecraigis (Golden Shaheen) comes here off wins in the Bold Ruler Handicap (G3) and Fire Plug Stakes.

Manjeer (Golden Shaheen) is winless since July 2020, coming here off a 4th in the listed Business Bay Challenge and a 2nd in the Mahab Al Shimaal (G3), the main local prep for this race.

Chain of Love (Golden Shaheen) comes in off 3rd place efforts in the January Stakes at Nakayama and the Riyadh Dirt Sprint (G3) in Saudi Arabia.

Irwin (UAE Derby) is a southern hemisphere 4 year old, coming here off a win in the Gran Premio Nacional (G1) at Palermo in Argentina last November.

Sekifu (UAE Derby) was 4th in the Zen-Nippon Nisai Yushun (local G1) before finishing 2nd in the Saudi Derby (G3) in Riyadh.

Combustion (UAE Derby) won the listed Hyacinth Stakes in Tokyo after finishing 2nd in the Zen-Nippon Nisai Yushun (local G1).

Crown Pride (UAE Derby) was 6th in the Hyacinth Stakes last out.

Gilded Age (UAE Derby) broke his maiden at Churchill Downs in November before finishing 3rd in the Withers Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct in February for trainer Bill Mott.

Get Back Goldie (UAE Derby) is one of Doug O'Neill's Dubai-based string. He won the Oud Metha Stakes in February and then was a distant 6th in the listed Al Bastakiya Stakes, the main local prep for this race.

Emaraaty Ana (Al Quoz Sprint) galloped on the turf. After winning the Betfair Sprint Cup (G1) he was 4th in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1) then a well beaten 15th in the Nad al Sheba Turf Sprint (G3), the main local prep for the Al Quoz Sprint.

A Case of You (Al Quoz Sprint) won an allowance at Dundalk, Ireland before finishing 2nd in the the Nad al Sheba Turf Sprint (G3).

Stay Foolish (Gold Cup) was 5th in the Hong Kong Vase (G1) before winning the Red Sea Turf Handicap (G3) in Riyadh.

Veloce Oro (Gold Cup) winless since breaking maiden in August 2020, he was 5th in the Diamond Stakes (G3) in Tokyo last out.

Alignak (Gold Cup) galloped on the turf. Winless since September 2020, he was second in consecutive allowance races at Meydan before finishing 6th in the Dubai City of Gold (G2).

Soliste Thunder (Godolphin Mile) was 9th in the Negishi Stakes (G3) before finishing 4th in the February Stakes (G1) both in Tokyo.

Bathrat Leon (Godolphin Mile) was 13th in the Musashino Stakes (G3) at Tokyo before finishing 9th in the Kyoto Kimpai (G3) at Chukyo.

Snapper Sinclair (Godolphin Mile) was 6th in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1) before finishing 5th in the Prairie Bayou and 6th in the Fifth Season for trainer Steve Asmussen.

Bankit (Godolphin Mile) was 3rd in the Monmouth Cup (G3) last July before finishing 5th in an allowance at Oaklawn in February.

Full Flat (Godolphin Mile) winner of the 2020 Saudi Derby is unraced since finishing 6th in the 2020 Unicorn Stakes (G3).

The entire gigantic Meydan grandstand on Sunday morning.

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