The World’s richest race is run on Saturday in Dubai. It is a competitive renewal this year and a case can be made for many of the runners. The best of Britain, America and Japan line up to try to land the first prize of just shy of £4million.
Aidan O’Brien sends a strong team to Meydan racecourse for the day’s racing and in the big one has the favourite in So You Think. This ex-Aussie superstar is worthy of his position at the head of the Dubai World Cup betting market, but with the Ballydoyle runners usually improving for a first run of the season he is easy to pass over at the skinny odds. I can see him cruising and trading short in running only for lack of race fitness to tell just where it matters most.
It is an interesting jockey booking in a country where women are not allowed to steer a car, let alone a horse.
America’s Game On Dude is third favourite with confident glamour girl Chantal Sutherland in the plate. It is an interesting jockey booking in a country where women are not allowed to steer a car, let alone a horse. One concern is whether the Burka will impede her line of vision. That aside, I have yet to be convinced that Sutherland is a worthy participant on the world stage but a good horse will sometimes get a bad jockey out of trouble. I thought she went too hard when trying to wire the field in the Breeders Cup Classic. That runner-up spot was a fantastic effort by the horse and he has every chance. It would be a great fillip for his shrewd trainer Bob Baffert who suffered a heart attack only this week while staying at Dubai’s pink-painted Atlantis resort, a classy joint.
The Dubai World Cup is run at Meydan racecourse at 6.40pm GMT on Saturday, March 31.
A couple of others worthy of mention are Smart Falcon, who has won his last nine. While the form is hard to assess, those Japs certainly know how to nip the big prizes in Dubai having saddled the first two home last year. Smart Falcon has taken the scalp of Transcend who was the runner-up in this last year to compatriot Victoire Pisa. Both have to be taken very seriously. Another to consider is Capponi, in great heart and looks a bit of each-way value at around 16/1 while young trainer Marco Botti has proved himself a rare talent and his representative Planteur can not be ruled out at around 14/1 .
Latest Dubai World Cup odds: Dubai World Cup betting
The stand out each-way bet for me is old favourite MASTER OF HOUNDS. This is the one horse Aidan O’Brin must be quietly hoping does not lift the spoils as he has transferred from Ireland to the barn of master international trainer Mike De Kock. Master of Hounds has had several races already in Dubai this festival and has improved with each one. The latest success was in Grade 1 company on March 10. He is a horse who is fighting fit and does possess the necessary class. Remember he was a fast finishing and unlucky fifth in the Kentucky Derby last year. To my eyes he looked the best horse in the race that day. His former owners will be kicking themselves all the way back to Europe if he lifts these amazing spoils. At a current top price of 20/1 with the bookies at the time of writing he appeals massively each-way and I wouldn’t quibble about the excellent Christophe Soumillon in the saddle. Arguably he may not be quite as pretty as Chantal but then she doesn’t have his riding prowess, so I guess it all equals out in the end.
Finishing order? Well that is easy:
- Master Of Hounds
- Game On Dude
- So You Think