Wednesday evening at the IMAX Theatre at Meydan Racecourse, the post positions were drawn for the $10 million Dubai World Cup (G1), the world's richest horse race, for older horses going 2000 meters (about 1 1/4 miles) on the main Tapeta synthetic track. Post positions for the big race and the undercard races are available below. Daily Racing Form has free past performances and other information here. An online racecard is available from Dubai Racing Club where you can click on each horse's name to get a form summary. A Form Guide which has past performances for the entire card is also available from Emirates Racing Authority.
Top American hope Game On Dude is the 3-1 morning line favorite and drew the outside post 14, 2nd in the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1), coming to Dubai off a 5 1/4 length romp in the San Antonio (G2) at Santa Anita. Regular rider Chantal Sutherland will be in the irons for trainer Bob Baffert, currently recovering in hospital from a heart attack but expected to be in attendance. In to challenge him include 5-1 second choice So You Think out of post 4, unraced since finishing 6th in the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1). New jockey Joseph O'Brien gets the call for his father, trainer Aidan O'Brien. Royal Delta, last year's Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (G1) winner, will attempt to become the first female World Cup winner and is one of three horses at 8-1 morning line. She finished a distant second last out at Gulfstream in the Sabin Stakes (G1). Regular rider Jose Lezcano will load into post 7 for trainer Bill Mott.
Game On Dude's owner Bernie Schiappa said, “Perfect (post) position. Lanni (part owner of Game on Dude who passed away last year) was born on March 14, so 14 is a special number for us. It’s perfect. The outside is fine with me. I can’t repeat what Bob said on the phone.” Jockey Chantal Sutherland added, “It’s fine. Whatever happens, I’ll deal with it. He has a tendency to sometimes break slow and if he was to do that, it could put us in a bit of a predicament on the rail, so on the outside we have more options.”
Royal Delta's trainer Bill Mott said, “It’s the middle of the field. She’ll get a good look at the field from there and number seven has been our lucky number. We’d love for her to win. The reason we’re really here is to see if we can win. I can’t predict the outcome but she is doing really well – well enough to win a race like this.”
The undercard features the two richest turf races in the world, the 2410 meter (about 1 1/2 mile) Sheema Classic (G1) and the 1800 meter (about 1 1/8 mile) Duty Free (G1), worth $5 million each. In the Sheema Classic, Breeders' Cup Turf (G1) winner St Nicholas Abbey, 2-1 morning line favorite, takes on QIPCO CHampion Stakes (G1) winner Cirrus des Aigles at 3-1 and Balanchine Stakes (G2) winner Mahbooba at 6-1. In the Duty Free, Hong Kong invader Ambitious Dragon is the 4-1 favorite off wins in the Stewards' Cup (G1) and Hong Kong Gold Cup (G1), over 6-1 Await the Dawn and 8-1 Delegator. Top dirt/synthetic sprinters go 1200 meters (6 furlongs) in the $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen (G1), with San Carlos (G2) winner The Factor taking on Australian invader Sepoy and Singapore star Rocket Man. The $1 million Al Quoz Sprint (G1) features turf sprinters going 1000 meters (5 furlongs) on the straightaway.
Along with the four Group 1 events, there are 2 Group 2 events and a Group 3 race carded. The $2 million UAE Derby (G2) features northern hemisphere 3-year-olds and southern hemisphere 4-year-olds going 1900 meters (about 1 3/16 miles) on the main Tapeta, with Lucky Chappy in from Florida for Graham Motion to take on Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf winner Wrote. The night starts off with the $500,000 Dubai Kahayla Classic (G1) for purebred Arabians, followed by the $1 million Godolphin Mile (G2) at 1600 meters (1 mile) on Tapeta and the $1 million Dubai Gold Cup (G3), the newest addition to World Cup night, at 3200 meters (2 miles) on turf.
- 9:10 a.m. ET - Race 2 - $1 Million - Godolphin Mile
- 9:45 a.m. ET - Race 3 - $1 Million - Dubai Gold Cup (T)
- 10:25 a.m. ET - Race 4 - $2 Million - UAE Derby
- 11:00 a.m. ET - Race 5 - $1 Million - Al Quoz Sprint (T)
- 11:35 a.m. ET - Race 6 - $2 Million - Dubai Golden Shaheen
- 12:25 p.m. ET - Race 7 - $5 Million - Dubai Duty Free (T)
- 1:00 p.m. ET - Race 8 - $5 Million - Dubai Sheema Classic (T)
- 1:40 p.m. ET - Race 9 - $10 Million - Dubai World Cup
The saddlecloth numbers correspond to post positions barring any late scratches. The World Cup goes off at 1:40PM (all times Eastern), while the first race available for American bettors, the $1 million Godolphin Mile (G2) off at 9:15AM. The table to the right has all the post times for the races being simulcast to the US. The first live race at Meydan is the $250,000 Dubai Kahayla Classic for purebred Arabians (post time 8:30AM) and is not available for wagering in the US.
Since betting is illegal in the UAE, the international wagering hub is located in South Africa and their rules apply. Win, exacta, trifecta, superfecta, daily double (Sheema Classic and World Cup), and rolling Pick 3 wagering are the same as the American versions, however, there is no show pool but bets to place pay to third place, like a show bet normally would. Since Dubai won't do odds, the morning line odds shown below are from DRF's past performance file.
The races will be shown live in North America on HRTV in the U.S. and HPI-TV in Canada. Equibase past performances from AmWest Entertainment.
Below are the entries and post positions for the Dubai World Cup. All entrants carry 57 kg (126 lb) except filly Royal Delta who gets 55 kg (121 lb).
|1||Master of Hounds||C. Soumillon||M. de Kock||12-1|
|2||Eishin Flash (JPN)||C. Lemaire||H. Fujiwari||10-1|
|3||Zazou (GER)||O. Peslier||W. Hickst||15-1|
|4||So You Think (NZ)||J. O'Brien||A. O'Brien||5-1|
|5||Smart Falcon (JPN)||Y. Take||K. Kozaki||10-1|
|6||Planteur (IRE)||R. Moore||M. Botti||20-1|
|7||Royal Delta||J. Lezcano||W. Mott||8-1|
|8||Monterosso (GB)||M. Barzalona||M. Al Zarooni||10-1|
|9||Silver Pond (FR)||J. Murtagh||D. Watson||20-1|
|10||Transcend (JPN)||S. Fujita||T. Yasuda||8-1|
|11||Capponi (IRE)||A. Ajtebi||M. Al Zarooni||8-1|
|12||Prince Bishop (IRE)||L. Dettori||S. bin Suroor||15-1|
|13||Mendip||S. De Sousa||S. bin Suroor||15-1|
|14||Game On Dude||C. Sutherland||B. Baffert||3-1|
Entries and post positions for the entire card plus a form guide with past performances