Report: Mystic Guide headed to Dubai World Cup for Godolphin

Report: Mystic Guide headed to Dubai World Cup for Godolphin
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Godolphin homebred Mystic Guide -- sharp winner of Saturday’s Razorback (G3) in his 4-year-old bow -- is expected to represent the home team in the $12 million Dubai World Cup on March 27 at Meydan Race Course.

Trainer Michael Stidham told Daily Racing Form the decision to ship Mystic Guide overseas was made on Tuesday after discussing the matter with representatives from Godolphin. Two days earlier, it was announced Godolphin’s other top U.S.-based older dirt horse -- Maxfield -- would run in Saturday’s $400,000 Santa Anita Handicap (G1) at Santa Anita Park.

Stidham told DRF the mile-and-a-quarter of the Dubai World Cup played a role in deciding to send Mystic Guide. In his only previous try at the distance Mystic Guide was beaten just three-quarters of a length in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) to close out his sophomore campaign.

“Our main goals here aren’t until late summer and fall, so we have plenty of time to get him back,” Stidham told DRF.

In the 1 1/16-miles Razorback, Mystic Guide romped by six lengths over a sloppy track while earning a career-high Beyer Speed Figure. The son of Ghostzapper out of multiple Grade 1 winner Music Note earned his only other stakes win in last year’s Jim Dandy (G2) at Saratoga. He has a record of 7: 3-2-2 and earnings of $553,200.

Other U.S.-based horses under consideration for the Dubai World Cup include Tacitus and Sleepy Eyes Todd, both of whom contested the recent Saudi Cup in Riyadh; and Jesus’ Team, who is exiting a second in the Pegasus World Cup (G1).

2021 Dubai World Cup (G1)

*Rating is based on HRN fan votes, which rank the Top Active Horses in training.
RankSilksHorse / SireRatingTrainer / JockeyLast StartStatus
 Mishriff
Make Believe
8.12
J. Gosden
1st, 2021 Saudi Cup 
Possible
 Maxfield
Street Sense
7.86
B. Walsh
1st, 2021 Mineshaft Stakes (G3)
Probable
 Jesus' Team
Tapiture
7.71
J. D'Angelo
2nd, 2021 Pegasus World Cup (G1) 
Probable
 Tacitus
Tapit
7.58
W. Mott
7th, 2021 Saudi Cup 
Possible
 Pakistan Star
Shamardal
7.56
D. Watson
4th, 2020 The Entisar (LS) 
Possible
 Sleepy Eyes Todd
Paddy O'Prado
7.47
M. Silva
5th, 2021 Saudi Cup 
Possible
 Chrysoberyl
Gold Allure
6.91
H. Otonashi
4th, 2020 Champions Cup (G1) 
Possible
 Capezzano
Bernardini
6.48
S. Ghadayer
4th, 2021 Al Maktoum Challenge Rd. 2 (G2) 
Possible
 Mystic Guide
Ghostzapper
6.25
M. Stidham
1st, 2021 Razorback Handicap (G3) 
Probable
 Master Fencer
Just a Way
6.12
K. Tsunoda
1st, 2020 Nagoya GrandPrix (RS) 
Possible
 Gold Dream
Gold Allure
6.07
O. Hirata
2nd, 2020 Champions Cup (G1) 
Possible
 Muntazah
Dubawi
5.45
D. Watson
4th, 2020 Al Maktoum Challenge Rd. 1 (G2) 
Possible
 Chuwa Wizard
King Kamehameha
4.84
R. Okubo
9th, 2021 Saudi Cup 
Possible
 Dubai Warrior
Dansili
J. Gosden
8th, 2021 Al Maktoum Challenge Rd. 2 (G2) 
Possible
 Military Law
Dubawi
M. Mheiri
6th, 2021 Saudi Cup 
Possible

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