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Dubai World Cup Carnival Heats Up

• · DUBAI WORLD CUP: Dabster In, Present Field Out
• · DUBAI TURF: Almond Eye Sharpens Focus
• · DUBAI GOLDEN SHAHEEN: Guarantees Fulfilled into the Fray
• · AL QUOZ SPRINT: Courageous Smash a Critical Participant


With delivery protocols and different such logistics coming into play, the world’s richest race continues to take form with haste. In as a lot, the $12 million Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirate Airline (G1) seems to have a pleasant stability of acquainted faces and new gamers, in each equine and human type.

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One such candidate who has arguably probably the most enviable connections of
any is Dabster, whose coach Bob Baffert has three victories within the
2000m race and was second final yr with market favorite West Coast.
Owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, the son of Curlin
carries the identical yellow and blue silks as a minimum of three Dubai World
Cup runner-ups—Mubtaahij, Lizard’s Want and Asiatic Boy—the final of
whom was coincidentally second to his sire in 2008. The $1 million
Fasig-Tipton buy was almost joined by stablemate McKinzie as
Dubai-bound, however his conditioner determined towards it after they labored on

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“Dabster is certainly going to the Dubai World Cup,” Baffert stated.
“McKinzie was on the fence. I feel they’re going to re-card the (Santa
Anita Handicap). Every thing went actually clean (with the works). The
monitor was in pristine form.”

A constant performer, Dabster is analogous in type to a different
Baffert pupil who took house a pleasant chunk of the sizable pot a number of years
in the past, Hoppertunity (third in 2016). Dabster, although, has much more to
show. He has not gained a graded race, however has two stakes wins to his
credit score towards lesser firm.

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Dealing with stiff class in current months, he has held his personal, together with a
head loss to Breeders’ Cup winner Battle of Halfway, who was anticipated to
be one of many favourites within the Dubai World Cup earlier than his premature

In 13 begins, the versatile cost has 5 victories and has confirmed
efficient from 1400m to 2800m, together with a runner-up on the latter
excessive within the Marathon (G2) final fall. Two begins in the past, he was a wonderful
third, between 1¼ lengths, within the San Antonio (G2) behind Present Field and
Battle of Halfway. The previous, educated by John Sadler, was being pointed
to the Dubai World Cup till this week.

“He simply wants extra time,” Sadler stated. “Once I ship out, I ship to
win, so I wasn’t going to go simply to go. His coaching was interrupted by
the climate, so, sadly, we gained’t make it to Dubai.”

Following the Al Maktoum Problem Spherical Three (G1) on Tremendous Saturday at
Meydan, the native horses at the moment are sorted for the large day, topped by
defending champion Thunder Snow—a good runner-up—and runaway
winner Capezzano, whose dominance draped the lately accomplished 2019
Dubai World Cup Carnival.

They have been adopted residence by South Korean invader Dolkong, whose
efficiency was doubly spectacular, because it got here solely 9 days after a
romp within the Curlin Handicap (Listed) over the identical 2000m. Nonetheless, all
paths lead via the behemoth that’s North America, who skipped Spherical
Three—a race he dominated in 2018—to return into Mar. 30 a recent horse.
Fringe gamers who would possible hope to get into the large dance are New
Trails and Gronkowski (each unplaced in Spherical Three), who ran pretty properly,
however should enhance.

The proverbial x-factor could also be Muntazah, who was initially attainable
for Spherical Three, however selected to contest the Burj Nahaar (G3) on Tremendous
Saturday, dismantling his foes by 10 lengths and setting a monitor report
(1:34.99) for 1600m. The Doug Watson trainee is now extra doubtless for the
Godolphin Mile (G2), a race by which he was second final yr. Nonetheless, if
he reverses course, he has the tactical velocity and general class to be a
critical menace to all concerned.

Whereas invites haven’t been confirmed, it’s good to maintain a watch
on attainable runners. Under are some possibles and an inventory that’s
finally pure guess-work till official invites are introduced and a
area of probables takes form.

DWC Watch: Thunder Snow, North America, Capezzano, Muntazah, Audible,
Yoshida, Gunnevera, Okay T Courageous, In search of the Soul and Dabster.


Japanese filly Triple Crown victress Almond Eye has been efficiently clocking quicker work since having returned to Miho Coaching Centre on Feb. 22 in preparation of her Dubai quest. The Japanese champion will probably be lining up within the $6 million Dubai Turf sponsored by DP World (G1) on Dubai World Cup night time, Mar. 30, and she or he was on the work tab on Mar. 6, stretching a cushty 1000m in seconds, with closing splits of 51.Three (800m), 37.6 (600m) and 12.5 for the ultimate 200m.

The a number of Group 1 winner was again at it once more on Mar. 13,
tightening the proverbial screws for proprietor Silk Racing Co. by going
1200m in 1:20.40, closing her remaining 600m (three furlongs) in 31 flat and
her ultimate 200m in 12.Three seconds over the wooden chip floor. From seven
lifetime begins, she has gained all however her debut, together with her final 4
on the prime degree.

The Japanese princess additionally owns a world document (2:20.60) over 2400m
on turf, making her an ideal candidate for the Longines Dubai Sheema
Basic (G1) over 2410m. Nevertheless, coach Sakae Kunieda has as an alternative
opted to focus on the 1800m Dubai Turf (G1). Stated distance nonetheless might nicely
be inside her wheelhouse, as she additionally owns three 1600m victories,
together with the Group 1 Oka Sho (Japanese 1000 Guineas) in stakes report
time (1:33.10).

“She is coaching nice,” stated Kunieda. “Her weight is as much as 493kg. As
we push her extra in coaching and after her journey to Dubai, she ought to be
at her greatest.

She goes into quarantine for her departure on the 20th. With the large
sweeping one flip, I feel the 1800m (Dubai) Turf is an appropriate straightforward
distance for her first begin of the yr.”

The Dubai Turf could possibly be the start of an formidable 2019 for the
bay filly, as she additionally has the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) on her
schedule in October.

Others who seem poised to take her on embrace fellow females from
her homeland, Vivlos (winner in 2017) and Deirdre (third final yr). The
native workforce, which gained final yr with Godolphin’s Benbatl, has one other
from the identical owner-trainer workforce in Saeed bin Suroor-conditioned Dream
Fort, who as soon as once more manhandled his native foes with a victory within the
Jebel Hatta (G1) on Tremendous Saturday.

In Eire, I Can Fly gained her 1400m all-weather prep at Dundalk with
flying colors for Aidan O’Brien, hinting that she might be approaching
the shape that noticed her a superb second within the Queen Elizabeth II (G1) final
October. Fellow Europeans With out Parole and Century Dream (unplaced in
the Jebel Hatta) proceed on to the Dubai Turf, whereas Hong Kong
consultant Southern Legend was dedicated to the occasion and brings
strong Group 1 type.

Whereas invites haven’t been confirmed, it’s good to maintain a watch
on attainable runners. Under are some possibles and an inventory that’s
finally pure guess-work till official invites are introduced and a
area of probables takes form.

DT Watch: Almond Eye, Dream Fort, With out Parole, I Can Fly, Wootton, Century Dream, Vivlos, Southern Legend and Deirdre.


Coach Dale Romans doesn’t wish to over-complicate issues.

Whereas pondering when and the place his Grade 1-winning cost Guarantees
Fulfilled would make his seasonal bow, he retains coming again to the
apparent: he has a colt with controlling velocity who runs nicely recent. It
simply so occurs there’s $2.5 million race on the desk that might play
to the chestnut runner’s greatest belongings. So whereas a ultimate dedication is
nonetheless being weighed, a visit to Meydan for the Group 1 Dubai Golden
Shaheen on Mar. 30 has been tabbed because the most certainly spot for Guarantees
Fulfilled to make his Four-year-old debut.

“There are $2.5 million causes to return again in that race,” Romans stated of a possible Golden Shaheen outing.

Since slicing again to dash distances following a disappointing run
within the 2018 Kentucky Derby Introduced by Woodford Reserve (G1), Robert
Baron’s Guarantees Fulfilled has developed into one of the formidable
members of a depth-laden division in North America. The son of
Shackleford gained three of his final 4 begins of his sophomore marketing campaign,
together with a victory within the H. Allen Jerkens Stakes (G1) at Saratoga
final August 25. When he gained the six-furlong Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix
Stakes (G2) at Keeneland in October, he turned the one member of final
yr’s Three-year-old male filth division to defeat older horses in a graded

Freshened since his fourth-place end within the Nov. Three Breeders’ Cup
Dash (G1), Guarantees Fulfilled has confirmed he can hearth a profitable shot
off a layoff. When he gained the Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) in March
2018, it was his first outing since operating third within the Kentucky Jockey
Membership Stakes (G2) the earlier November.

“He’s a quick, quick horse, that’s the underside line, nothing else actually
issues,” Romans stated. “He got here off the layoff and he ran large within the
Fountain of Youth final yr. I considered getting a prep into him
(earlier than the Golden Shaheen) after which I considered that and I stated
we’ll simply practice proper into it if we’re going to go.”

Romans is not any stranger to Dubai success having saddled 2005 Dubai
World Cup winner Roses in Might. Provided that the Dubai Golden Shaheen has
been dominated by American-based runners, Romans says the 1200m check was
a no brainer to placed on Guarantees Fulfilled’s possible agenda.

“I feel the dash is America’s race,” Romans stated. “I feel the
People would be the horses to beat there and I feel he’ll be considered one of
the horses to beat.”

One other who seems poised to check the bounds of their velocity and
class is native star Drafted, who narrowly ran down 9 Under Zero and
Tato Key within the Mahab Al Shimaal (G3) on Tremendous Saturday. He’ll probably
tackle the likes of Roy H, Imperial Trace and two-time Dubai Golden
Shaheen runner-up X Y Jet.

Japan’s Matera Sky, unplaced however respectably acquitted final yr, as
nicely as Hong Kong’s Battle Hero are additionally anticipated, based on their
connections and native media.

Whereas invites haven’t been confirmed, it’s good to maintain a watch
on potential runners. Under are some possibles and an inventory that’s
finally pure guess-work till official invites are introduced and a
subject of probables takes form.

DGS Watch: Roy H, Imperial Trace, X Y Jet, Guarantees Fulfilled, Matera Sky, Drafted, Tato Key, Battle Hero and 9 Under Zero.


All issues going to plan, Australian Bloodstock’s speedster Courageous Smash shall be becoming a member of country-mate Viddora within the line-up for the $2 million Al Quoz Dash sponsored by Azizi Developments (G1) on Dubai World Cup night time. The Japanese-bred was final seen ending a robust third by a three-quarters of a size within the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap over the Flemington’s straight 1200m.

The Kris Lees-trained cost has matured properly with age, profitable the
2018 Group 1 Manikato Stakes over 1200m at Moonee Valley in October,
after having already added the Group 1 Futurity Stakes over 1400m at
Caulfield earlier that yr. Earlier this winter, he moved from the yard
of Darren Weir to that of well-respected conditioner Kris Lees.

“He’s a seasoned traveller,” Lees stated. “I don’t assume the journey away
will concern him. The straight monitor and quick floor will even go well with him,
so there are a couple of pluses there. I’ve been watching (Blue Level)
intently and he’ll be a really robust horse to beat, however we’re very
snug with the place Courageous Smash is in the intervening time.

“He got here out of his Newmarket run nicely,” Lees continued. “He’s higher
if he’s coated up and he was uncovered slightly ahead of he would
have most popular. He can maintain his personal towards the highest sprinters in
Australia and that usually makes you aggressive towards the perfect in
the world.

“I’ve solely had him a brief time period, however I feel he has actually
held his type nicely as he’s aged. If he can keep that type, he ought to
do nicely. He leaves Sydney on Monday for Dubai.”

Because the highest-rated son of Hokkaido-based sire Tosen Phantom, the
robust sprinter has been secured to face at Aquis Farm initially of
the Southern Hemisphere breeding season in September this yr. The
high-earner will bid to say farewell in spectacular style, with international
tour prospects together with the dash riches on supply in Hong Kong
throughout their April Champions Day, in addition to a Royal Ascot mid-summer

Hugh Bowman is about to journey.

In the meantime, Blue Level continues to be the favorite, however his
dominance has not scared off worldwide challengers. Sands of Mali
stays on the right track from the UK, whereas Wishful Thinker of Hong Kong has
been introduced by his connections as a prospect.

Whereas invites haven’t been confirmed, it’s good to maintain a watch
on attainable runners. Under are some possibles and an inventory that’s
finally pure guess-work till official invites are introduced and a
area of probables takes form.

AQS Watch: Viddora, Misplaced Treasure, Wishful Thinker, Stormy Liberal,
Ekhtiyaar, Mazzini, Faatinah, Blue Level, Courageous Smash and Sands of Mali.

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