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2022 Dubai World Cup Workouts

Midnight Bourbon on Thursday morning at Meydan.
Date: 3/24/2022

On Thursday 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 high 80's during training hours rising to the mid 90'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, FOX Sports 2 will broadcast from 8am to 1pm ET.

Here are photos and comments for 16 horses that were out Thursday morning. Please click the smaller photos to see a larger version.

Life Is Good (Dubai World Cup) has been on the track every morning this week. His trainer Todd Pletcher said, "I'm very happy with him, his weight looks good, I think he handled the ship in perfectly. The Pegasus was his first time at a mile and an eighth and he handled that well, so we've focused on just some good, stamina-building breezes and strong gallop outs. He does everything so willingly; he likes doing it, enjoys his job, and all his work has been super good."

Hot Rod Charlie (Dubai World Cup) warmed up for this assignment with a comfortable win over 1900 metres in G2 Maktoum Challenge Round 2 last month. Leandro Mora, assistant to trainer Doug O'Neill, said, "He's ready. This horse, I really think he can run all day; he never seems to get tired. Life Is Good is a good horse, but we're here and we know he likes the track."

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.

Aero Trem (Dubai World Cup) won South America's biggest race, the G1 Gran Premio Latinoamericano, in October, and his trainer Antonio Cintra is confident that he has him spot-on for Saturday. Cintra said, "He's ready. His run in Saudi was amazing, to finish fifth, with a strong finish - it felt like we won! We just breezed him once since then and we hope he will run another big race."

Country Grammer (Dubai World Cup) was second in the Saudi Cup last time out for trainer Bob Baffert.

Grocer Jack (Dubai World Cup) will race on dirt for the first time here.

Kaspar (Sheema Classic) delivered a career best run on his first start for this stable when responding to hard driving to finish second to Authority in a 2100m G3 at Riyadh.

For The Top (Sheema Classic) has only one win since moving to the UAE, and that was on dirt and over a shorter trip than this. Soundly beaten on his last two starts, and a win here would be a huge shock.

Dr. Schivel (Golden Shaheen) hit the main track at Meydan early on Thursday. His trainer Mark Glatt said, "He's a real laidback horse, he takes everything in his stride. He's all class. You never know how a horse might ship, especially this far. He seems to have made it very well. He bounced right over the track in his gallop this morning, he had a really nice workout."

Meraas (Golden Shaheen) comes here off a 2 race win streak including the Al Shindagha Sprint (G3) on February 11 at Meydan.

Strongconstitution (Golden Shaheen) will make his third start at Meydan for trainer Doug O'Neill.

Pinehurst (UAE Derby) continues to train forward for trainer Bob Baffert. “He has done nothing wrong since coming to Dubai,” assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes said. “It looked like in Saudi it was a bit of a closers’ track so we were really pleased with his effort there and we look forward to running here on this track.”

Casa Creed (Al Quoz Sprint) galloped on Thursday morning. Neil Poznansky, assistant trainer to Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, said, "He has handled everything well. He likes it out here, and takes everything in stride."

Great Scot (Godolphin Mile) comes here from Saudi Arabia where he won the European Union Cup Handicap on December 11 before finishing second in the King Faisal Cup on January 15.

Snapper Sinclair (Godolphin Mile) has seven wins and more than $1.8 million in career earnings and ran a credible fourth in this race last year. Owner Jeff Bloom said, "He is my favourite horse, I mean how many horses can run and compete at the different distances and different surfaces that he has? Steve Asmussen told me he was training unbelievably well so when the invitation came, we felt we had to come here and hopefully he can work out a good trip."

Rajeh (Kahayla Classic) won the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 2 (G1) on February 4 before finishing a distant third in the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 (G1) on March 5.

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