The $10 million Dubai World Cup (G1) sponsored by Emirates Airline is the world's richest horse race, featuring top older horses going 1 1/4 miles on the Tapeta synthetic track at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai. Here are some World Cup and undercard contenders putting in their final preparations on Friday morning, with the big race card run on Saturday night (Saturday morning in North America).
Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic winner Royal Delta looks to become the first female winner of the big race. Trainer Bill Mott said, "You couldn’t ask a horse to look any better than that. She went great." Mott had contemplated letting Royal Delta pick up a little speed down the stretch, but his assistant and exercise rider Leana Willaford opted to keep the filly in a strong gallop as she had taken hold of the bit and was moving powerfully enough. Regular rider Jose Lezcano will be in to ride on Saturday.
Most mornings Royal Delta exercised in company with UAE Derby contender Lucky Chappy. Trainer Graham Motion said, "That’s pretty much his normal personality," adding that if anything, he is "less naughty" now than when he was acquired after winning a stakes in Italy last year. Motion jokingly replied to reporters who told him they had been entertained by Lucky Chappy’s pirouettes that "I’m glad I could do that for you."