Dubai World Cup Preview - 03/29/13
Dubai World Cup
1 1/4 Miles, Meydan, Dubai
With $10,000,000 on the line, horses from all over the world ship in for the Dubai World Cup, including Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom and two-time Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic winner Royal Delta. Dullahan also shipped over. A star three year-old, he's been a bit erratic lately. Dullahan came over earlier this month and ran once over the Meydan track and finished a well back eleventh. It was his first start of the year and over a new track so we can cut him a little slack.
Hunter's Light is Godolphin's premier horse in here. He cruised to victory here a few weeks back at this distance. Capponi has also run well at this distance, but has not started in a year so he remains a wildcard. Planteur should impress despite his low morning line odds of 30/1. If he goes off anywhere close to that I would be surprised and would put him in play. He has won at this distance with the fastest time from what I can tell.
Kassiano is another horse international experts have talked about. He likes long distances for sure and has not finished worse than second over the Meydan dirt. Definitely worth a good look. Monterosso won this race last year so he cannot be counted out as well.
As for the American exports here, Animal Kingdom, I would be nervous for him over this track. It is unfamiliar and he has only run over the all-weather track twice in his career. Both of those trips were winners but that was more than two years ago. Animal Kingdom will run well, I am sure of that, but the course could give him fits.
Royal Delta is a wonder-horse. 10 wins in 16 tries. She has run at Meydan before and it is her only blemish on an outstanding resume. It was this same World Cup race last year, losing badly to three others that have returned again this time around. I suspect she will run better. Mike Smith gets the mount Saturday. I mentioned my reservations about Dullahan above.
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