The richest race in the world, the US$10m Dubai World Cup returns to dirt this year which rules out most horses from Europe unfortunately. Still, if they want to have a couple of American horses in the big race, they've achieved their goal...
With the preview, it's Mitchell Fenton, @mitchfenton88.
Dubai World Cup
21:00 LOCAL 1700GMT
G1 2000M Dirt
PRINCE BISHOP (IRE)
Ran ninth beaten over 10L behind African Story in this race last year when coming off a dominant Al Maktoum win in the lead up.
This campaign he’s had two Meydan runs and finished second on both occasions beaten narrowly. Both times he ran home hard to just miss out on the major prize. Will settle back but be running on hard late and is a definite winning chance in the race.
HOKKO TARUMAE (JPN)
Dual Gr1 winner in his native Japan, he finished 16th and last in this race last year but returns on the dirt surface for another go.
Comes here on the back of two consecutive wins so he’s going well, that sees him a decent each way chance in this race.
AFRICAN STORY (GB)
Defending champion looking to create history by becoming the first dual winner of the world’s richest race. Comes into the race in winning form after beating home Prince Bishop narrowly in the 2000m Gr1 Al Maktoum last start. A genuine chance of making it back to back wins.
SIDE GLANCE (GB)
Australian punters would know this boy well. Last Spring he had two runs in Australia - a third in the Gr1 2000m Caulfield Stakes followed by a luckless fourth in the ‘WFA Championship’ of Australia the Cox Plate behind Aidan O’Brien’s Adelaide. This is a lot tougher and whilst he always runs well he doesn’t win out of turn and I doubt that’ll be any different here.
Lightly-raced American horse arriving off the back of a narrow Gr1 defeat at Gulfstream Park over 1810m. He’s never been tried beyond that distance, so as much as it looks like he will run a strong 10 furlongs it is an unknown quantity. A triple Gr3 winner but this looms as much tougher and at his current 5-1 quote I think he’s well unders.
CANDY BOY (USA)
A rough place hope if he can run up to his Breeders Cup Classic run when beaten 5.5L behind Bayern.
LONG RIVER (USA)
The world’s highest ranked horse thanks to his devastating 4L Japan Cup win over 2400m but he’s twice won over the mile and a quarter journey of the World Cup. Possesses an explosive turn of foot I think Soumillon can park him in the first half of the field and he can use that dash to go right over the top of them.
CALIFORNIA CHROME (USA)
Won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness before failing over the 2400m in Belmont to miss out on the Triple Crown of America, when his owner became more famous than the horse for his ridiculous moaning to the media. He’s all class having won four Group 1s at home, he’ll take plenty of beating and we know he loves the dirt tracks.
SUGGESTED BET: 8.EPIPHANEIA (EACH WAY)