01/25/2007 1:00AM

Discreet Cat headed to World Cup


Godolphin's racing manager defused speculation about Discreet Cat's plans for Dubai World Cup night on Thursday by stating emphatically that the undefeated son of Forestry has the Dubai World Cup as his major early-season goal.

"We've got plenty of options," Crisford said, referring to Discreet Cat's nominations to the Godolphin Mile and the Dubai Golden Shaheen as well as the World Cup. "But the plan at this time is to prepare him for the Dubai World Cup."

The undefeated Discreet Cat has been in Dubai since he scored his sixth career victory in the Cigar Mile at Aqueduct on Nov. 25, and he has settled in well at Godolphin's Al Quoz training center under the care of trainer Saeed bin Suroor. Discreet Cat is 2 for 2 at Nad Al Sheba, having won the 1 1/8-mile UAE Derby and a one-mile allowance there last March.

"He's an incredibly exciting horse to have in the barn," Crisford said. "He likes to train very slowly every day, and requires very little training and very little work."

With a crowd of delegates on hand from the Asian Racing Conference being held in Dubai City, Discreet Cat cantered at Al Quoz on Thursday morning. The decision to point to the World Cup sets up a mouth-watering duel with Invasor, who is owned by Hamdan al-Maktoum, the older brother of Godolphin's owner, Sheikh Mohammed. Named America's Horse of the Year on Monday, Invasor was beaten by Discreet Cat in their only previous meeting, when he finished seven lengths fourth in the UAE Derby last year.

Crisford also revealed that Day Pass, winner of the Nashua Stakes at Aqueduct on Nov. 3, would be aimed at this year's UAE Derby on March 31, and that Echo of Light, a group-race winner on turf and Polytrack in Europe, has the Godolphin Mile on his agenda.