03/16/2014 3:43PM

Dubai World Cup has 16 likely starters

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Tom Keyser
Magician (left), winner of the Breeders' Cup Turf last fall, heads a prospective field of 16 for the $5 million Sheema Classic on March 29.

The Dubai Racing Club on Sunday released likely fields for the eight Thoroughbred races on the March 29 Dubai World Cup program, and though North American participation is sorely lacking this year, the list of prospective starters is star-studded, and the races remarkably deep.

Sixteen runners are considered likely for the $10 million World Cup, though the 19th edition of the race will have no representatives from North America for the first time in its history. The list of likely runners, in alphabetical order, consists of African Story, Akeed Mofeed, Belshazzar, Hillstar, Hokko Tarumae, Hunter’s Light, Military Attack, Mukhadram, Prince Bishop, Red Cadeaux, Ron the Greek, Ruler of the World, Sanshaawes, Side Glance, The Fugue, and Vancouverite.

The $5 million Sheema Classic also has 16 likely runners, and is headed by Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Magician, Cirrus des Aigles, and Gentildonna. The Sheema Classic also will include one of the American runners, Twilight Eclipse.

Only 10 horses are considered probable starters in the $5 million Dubai Duty Free, with BC Filly and Mare Turf winner Dank and the unbeaten South African colt Vercingetorix topping that group. Twelve are likely for the Golden Shaheen at six furlongs on the Tapeta main track at Meydan and for the Al Quoz Sprint, a five-furlong turf dash. Shea Shea, the 2013 Al Quoz winner, heads the field again this year, and the race also includes the other U.S. shipper, Bertolino di Tiger.

A field of 14, with South Africans Variety Club and Soft Falling Rain atop the list, could run in the Godolphin Mile, and 15 3-year-olds are considered likely starters in the UAE Derby, a race that should have Long John and Giovanni Boldini as the favorites. Finally, there are 14 horses on the list of prospective entrants for the Dubai Gold Cup, a turf marathon race.

Entries for all eight races are due Monday, March 24, with fields for all but the World Cup, the Duty Free, and the Sheema Classic to be set the same day. Post position will be assigned and final fields announced Wednesday, March 26 for the three richest races on a card offering $27 million in purses.

RICKY More than 1 year ago
Only horse favorite thats gonna win is....Long John
Hail No More than 1 year ago
I'm hoping Shea Shea will be a "square price" This guy can flat out gather ground quickly with his "head down" and is such a nice runner to watch! 2-1 or better I might even key him, top & bottom, if I can narrow down the best value long shot, good luck if you're playing Meydan Rocks, I mean, Meydan :-)
RICKY More than 1 year ago
your right about that. he can cover ground. im thinking he'll be to low of a favorite. i love beating favorites at low prices. Ever since Mike Smith screwed up the final ride on Zenyatta in BC.Ive been all in against favorites in big races.
Hail No More than 1 year ago
"i love beating favorites at low prices" That, sums it up how to win in this great game :)
Perl More than 1 year ago
He will be 4-5.
Sir Barton the First More than 1 year ago
Please do not take this fools handicapping advice, or you will be in the poor house.
Hail No More than 1 year ago
not necessary, gimpy
sjm80s . More than 1 year ago
Heres a start when handicapping this race. Toss any equine shipping from the US.
Sir Barton the First More than 1 year ago
What a fool, this meet is only 18 yeras old, and 9 equine shippers from the US has won the signature race. Cigar Silver Charm Capt Steve Pleasantly Perfect Roses in May Invasor Curlin Well Armed Animal Kingdom What and Idiotic Handicapping Tool
Perl More than 1 year ago
8 of the 9 horses you mention won their races on dirt, which is no longer a part of this great day....FOOL!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You should learn to read. No Americans even running this year. As Sir Barton the First points out many American shippers have won in the past and finished in the top 3 in many of the races on the card for the day.
Hail No More than 1 year ago
I think SJM, might've had those pesky sarcasm fonts "on" I am pretty sure he knows there are no US horses competing..
russell More than 1 year ago
I haven't made a nickle at Meydan. Bring back Nad Al-Sheba and the dirt. I had plenty of winners there. Its so hard to get a read on many of the Euro horses because many of them are coming off long layoffs and you can't tell if they are ready.
Hail No More than 1 year ago
Russell, if you are discombobulated over the synth, the turf racing can be a great opportunity, good luck to you..
thomas More than 1 year ago
Just shows how impressive Animal Kingdom was. Finishing a bang-up 2nd to Wise Dan in the Breeder's Cup...followed by 1 prep race...then complete demolition of the 2013 Dubai World Cup field. No North American horse had won since the switch to synthetic. And this year, none will even try.
Sir Barton the First More than 1 year ago
They should of kept him in training. I agree with you
Geral John Pinault More than 1 year ago
The Dubai races are not that interesting this year but DANK is going to be a good bet win & place... - RAMMER
Sir Barton the First More than 1 year ago
Dank wilk be out of the money, book it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dank may run well but was actually relt even by her connections to be a very good horse. They shipped her to the US on million day and BC day because they felt she was superior here.
Chuck Seddio More than 1 year ago
cant get too excited,wish they would go back to dubai and run on REAL DIRT,besides no 3 year olds will be able to move on to the derby, they run this festival too close to the first sat may
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is run in Dubai. Meydan is in Dubai. If a three year old runs well enough in the derby they hold, they ship. They did twice before but now the Godolphin family of stables has enough horses on US soil, they dont bother to ship.
Kevin O Gorman More than 1 year ago
Ruler of the world for Ireland watch him go
Sir Barton the First More than 1 year ago
Great Horse, Great Whiskey if they didn't have all those red heads, I could settle down there.
Autumn Carew More than 1 year ago
I'm sure they're thankful that you're not going to do so!
David Smith More than 1 year ago
anyone find post times yet?...im guessing they are close to last years post times
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First post 8:30 am EST.
Randy Baker More than 1 year ago
It's obvious they are more interested in catering to South Africa,Australia,Europe .Synthetic plays more to turf horses . Even though he won the derby on dirt,Animal Kingdom excelled on turf/ synthetic .It would have been nice to see Wise Dan take a shot but Im sure their main goal is to have a shot at a three peat come nov.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You should read Sheik Maktoum's statement from when Meydan Race Course was built. The main reason he gave for switching from dirt to synthetic, was the fact that it requires less water to maintain. Wise Dan has been able to comptete against the best in NA. Wise Dan is a great competitor but he has just started his year and he would have needed to start prepping a couple of months ago. Soft Falling Rain and Flotilla would be hard for even Wise Dan to beat. Wise Dan may not be able to compete without his lasix, which he would not get in Dubai. Overall the horses running outside of NA at this level are superior and cared for better than here in NA.