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Zipse At The Track

Dubai World Cup Doings

At $10 Million the Dubai World Cup is the richest race in the world, so it can be no surprise when many of the best horses from all over the world flock to the Middle East to contest the ten furlong race contested over Meydan‘s Tapeta surface. The popularity of the World Cup, to be run on the evening of Saturday, March 26, is greater than ever and has attracted an impressive total of 312 nominations.
 
Thanks to a discussion last night with Dubai Racing aficionado, Patrick Cummings of Dubai Race Night,  I learned of the probable Top 14 on the current invite list:
 
Bold Silvano - South African stalwart was ultra impressive in his Meydan debut last week for top trainer Mike De Kock.
 
Gio Ponti - America’s reigning two-time turf champ likes the distance and can handle the Tapeta surface.
 
Gitano Hernando - The 2009 Goodwood winner is best on a synthetic surface and recently got a good prep over the track.
 
Buena Vista - Japan’s Horse of the Year will be looking to keep the recent successes of the great females rolling.
 
Victoire Pisa - Top Japanese colt seems to be best at the World Cup’s ten furlong distance.
 
Mendip - Last year’s UAE Derby favorite was an impressive winner of the recent Al Maktoum Challenge - Round 1.
 
Musir - De Kock trained horse was the toast of the Meydan meeting last Spring as a younger horse.
 
Al Shemali - Seven-year-old horse won two races at Meydan last Spring for the home team.
 
Snow Fairy - Another filly who has a big shot if she takes to the new surface. Finished 2010 off in grand style
 
Giant Oak - Longtime loser suddenly has all cylinders firing. The surface and distance should be no problem.
 
Twice Over - Continues to prove himself as one of the world’s absolute elite at the 1 ¼ mile distance.
 
Twirling Candy - America’s hottest new star is a bit of a question as far as the making the trip over, but is in phenomeonol fettle.
 
Morning Line - One of two possible Zito horses going over was recently purchased with this in mind.
 
Cape Blanco - Irish Champion runaway winner loves the distance and is a major threat on his best performance.
 
With many of these horses likely to make the starting gate for the World Cup, a number of top horses could be left on the outside looking in when the field is announced. A quick scan of horses wanting in, but in danger of not making the cut include: Interaction, Crowded House, Win For Sure, Red Desire, Debussy, Spring Of Fame, as well as American stars Fly Down, Redding Colliery, Richard's Kid, and Belmont winner Drosselmeyer.
 
There are still more than six weeks to go to see how it all shakes out, but the field of 14 looks likely to attract the deepest field of quality seen anywhere in the world this year.

 

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I think a new era had began for the Dubai World Cup in 2010 at Meydan. What happened in 2010, I fear, will now be likely in many Dubai World Cup's to follow. Horses that show up early for the carnival and get two or three run's under their belt on Meydan's tapeta surface will be more of a factor in deciding the outcome of the Dubai World Cup than horses that ship all the way to Dubai for just that one race. Take last year's DWC for example. Gloria De Campeao, Lizard's Desire, and Allybar ran #1,2, 3. All three of those horses showed up at the beginning of the carnival and ran well in handicaps prior to DWC night. Gio Ponti's 4th place finish, and Mastery's 5th place finish were best among the shippers. I personally think this year is likely to be very much the same. Mike De Kock already has 3 likely starters for the DWC that are burning the tapeta up. Bold Silvano, winner of the Al Maktoum Challenge Rd. 2, Musir, 2nd in the Firebreak Stakes and winner of last year's UAE 2000 Guineas and Derby, and Golden Sword who has one win and one place at this year's carnival. Then there's Godolphin's Mendip. Who won the Al Maktoum Challenge Rd. 1, and took 2 races on the tapeta last season. He really look's the kind of horse that could be a big player in this year's DWC to me. Gitano Hernando finished 6th in last year's DWC, and 5th in this year's Al Maktoum Challenge Rd. 2. But he's had troubled trips in both races, and is an outstanding synthetic surface horse. That's why I believe Gio Ponti's connection's should already have him in Dubai preparing to prep in the Al Maktoum Challenge Rd. 3 instead of in the U.S. prepping on turf. JMO.
What's happened with Richard's Kid? They pulled him out of the Breeders Cup Classic, supposedly for this race. Is there something wrong with him or something wrong with his owners? And why did they take him away from Baffert? He was doing a great job with Richard's Kid.
May just be wrong information coming my way....Hope he is one of them though!
Different than what my sources say ... we shall see. I hope Drosselmeyer is one of the 14.
I was told by a Dubai contact that Drosselmeyer would be one of the ones with a direct invite and that the Mott camp had already been sent an invite? Cant work out why Gitano Hernando would merit an invite in this deep a field? Not disputing it though.
I am not sure where you are getting your information, but ... the Dubai World Cup is limited to 14 starters, and Drosselmeyer will not be one of the first 14 invited.
There is no chance that Drosselmeyer will fail to make the DWC cut. I'm pretty sure 14 runners is not a cut off too. Bold Silvano was exceptional last time but I honestly feel Morning Line could steal the win off some nice front end fractions
If Twirling Candy goes I'll be rooting for him no doubt. Mendip is kind of intriguing, he looked great in his last race! I also like Twice Over and Bold Silvano looked nice in his win last week!
If the race draws up with these exact 14 horses, it may actually serve its purpose as the climax of racing around the world. Japanese HOY, top South African, American Turf Champion. Grade I winners Red Desire, Drosselmeyer, Richard's Kid, Crowded House, etc. being left out of the race! This may end up being the greatest international culmination of horses ever.
Lizard's Desire contracted lamanitis last Summer. I have not heard about his condition of late. I will try to find out the latest news.
What about last years heart break loser Lizards Desire ?
Richard's Kid best be getting in!!
Buena Vista! Not sure how the Meydan's poly runs like... dirt or turf or inbetween. Buena Vista will hit the board either way. She ALWAYS hits the board.

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