Updated on 09/17/2011 11:35PM

Dubai World Cup undercard preview


Race 2
Godolphin Mile - Group 2

About 1 Mile
Purse $1,000,000

1. 10 Blatant I. Mohammed K. McEvoy
2. 3 Court Masterpiece E. Dunlop K. Fallon
3. 2 Holiday Camp M. Al Muhairi W. Smith
4. 8 Jack Sullivan G. Butler E. Ahern
5. 7 Lundy's Liability M de Kock W. Marwing
6. 6 Marbush D. Selvaratnam J. Murtagh
7. 5 Shamoan E. Harty J. Velazquez
8. 1 Utopia K. Hashiguchi Y. Take
9. 4 Win River Win C. Kurt H. Karatas
10. 9 Island Fashion J. Canani M. Pedroza

Veteran racemare Island Fashion leads the American contingent in the Godolphin Mile. An earner of over $1.9 million, Island Fashion hasn't reached the winner's circle since taking the Grade 2 Lady's Secret Breeders' Cup Handicap for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 Miles on October 3, 2004. Multiple Grade 1 winner Island Fashion finished 10th in the Breeders' Cup Distaff last year, and ran third in her last start, the Grade 2 Bayakoa Handicap on December 11 at Hollywood Park. Taking on males, she will have to reverse her form in order to defeat males. Lundy's Liability won the Grade 2 San Antonio Handicap for Bobby Frankel in 2005, but hasn't won since, and his recent Dubai preps have been uninspiring. Shamoan won the Iowa Derby last year, but was a beaten favorite in his 2006 debut against allowance rivals at Santa Anita.

Race 3
UAE Derby - Group 2

About 1 1/8 Miles
Purse $2,000,000

1. 5 Dominguin D. Zanelli J. Velazquez
2. 3 Gaburin H. Mori O. Peslier
3. 4 Gold for Sale I. Jory M. Kinane
4. 2 Invasor K. McLaughlin R. Hills
5. 13 Jackson A Cintra Pereira M. Almeida
6. 6 My Royal Captain L. Laxon No Rider
7. 12 Simpatico Bribon I. Jory J. Murtagh
8. 9 Discreet Cat S. bin Suroor L. Dettori
9. 1 Flamme de Passion K. Sumii Y. Take
10. 7 Testimony S. bin Suroor G. Gomez
11. 8 Unification I. Mohammed K. McEvoy
12. 11 Well Armed C. Brittain R. Moore
13. 10 Where's That Tiger M. de Kock W. Marwing

Discreet Cat was purchased privately by Godolphin after a triple-digit Beyer score in his debut at Saratoga. After wintering in Dubai, the son of Forestry made a sparkling return to the races in the Areej Trophy at Nad al Sheba on March 9. Invasor ran up a perfect 5-5 mark in Uruguay, and hasn't been challenged in any of those races. He has been preparing for the UAE Derby at Palm Meadows for new trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. Testimony and Well Armed were disappointing in the UAE 2000 Guineas.

Race 4
Dubai Golden Shaheen - Group 1

About 6 Furlongs
Purse $2,000,000

1. 8 Agnes Jedi H. Mori H. Yoshihara
2. 13 Captain Squire J. Mullins V. Espinoza
3. 6 Conroy A. Selvaratnam L. Dettori
4. 9 Gaff S. Asmussen S. Bridgmohan
5. 5 Heart Alone I. Mohammed K. McEvoy
6. 7 Howrick Falls E. Charpy T. O'Shea
7. 10 Jet West T. West G. Gomez
8. 2 Proud Tower Too S. Gonzalez D. Cohen
9. 3 Raging Creek D. Selvaratnam J. Murtagh
10. 11 Thajja D. Watson R. Hills
11. 14 The Lord S. Seemar P. Falero
12. 12 Thor's Echo D. O' Neill C. Nakatani
13. 4 Tropical Star A. Al Raihe R. Ffrench
14. 15 Azul da Guanabara L. Singnoretti A. Domingos
15. 1 Perfectly Ready M. Price T. Durcan

The Americans are well-represented in the Dubai Golden Shaheen. Millionaire Captain Squire, the winner of the Grade 1 Ancient Title Breeders' Cup in 2005, returns to Dubai after a pair of unsuccessful turf races. He finished third in this race in 2003. Gaff has won his last three races for Steve Asmussen including the Grade 3 Mr. Prospector Handicap at Gulfstream. He earned a 111 Beyer Speed Figure that day, and may be the sharpest of the U. S. invaders. Cal Cup Sprint winner Jet West is already G2-placed in 2006, but faltered in the San Carlos Handicap going 7 furlongs in his last start. A turn back to 6 panels may be just what the doctor ordered for him. Proud Tower Too has won 3 of his last 4 sprints including the Grade 1 Malibu. He may be a bit more effective beyond 6 furlongs, however. Thor's Echo seems to be rounding into form for Doug O' Neill. The multiple stakes-winner boasts improving Beyer Speed Figures as he makes his fourth start of the form cycle.

Race 5
Dubai Sheema Classic - Group 1

About 1 1/2 Miles (Turf)
Purse $5,000,000

1. 12 Alayan J. Oxx M. Kinane
2. 3 Collier Hill A. Swinbank D. McKeown
3. 2 Falstaff M. de Kock J. Murtagh
4. 9 Greys Inn M. de Kock W. Marwing
5. 13 Heart's Cry K. Hashiguchi C. Lemaire
6. 1 Layman I. Mohammed K. McEvoy
7. 5 Mustanfar K. McLaughlin R. Hills
8. 10 Norse Dancer D. Elsworth J. Egan
9. 4 Oracle West M. de Kock K. Shea
10. 6 Punch Punch C. Morgado M. Almeida
11. 14 Relaxed Gesture C. Clement C. Nakatani
12. 11 Shanty Star R. Bouresly G. Avranche
13. 7 Alexander Goldrun J. Bolger K. Manning
14. 8 Ouija Board E. Dunlop K. Fallon

The popular Ouija Board will attempt to vanquish males in the Dubai Sheema Classic. The 2004 Eclipse winner for Champion grass mare finished second in last year's Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare turf, but showed that she still has what it takes to be a major player with her recent score in the Group 1 Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin. Relaxed Gesture may prefer a bit of give in the ground as evidenced by his Grade 1 Canadian International win in October, but he adores this 12 furlong distance. Mustanfar could be in a bit steep from a class perspective.

Race 6
Dubai Duty Free - Group 1

About 1 1/8 Miles (Turf)
Purse $5,000,000

1. 9 Asakusa Den'en M. Kono Y. Take
2. 15 Bullish Luck T. Cruz C. Soumillon
3. 1 David Junior B. Meehan J. Spencer
4. 3 Fields of Omagh D. Hayes S. King
5. 13 Hat Trick K. Sumii O. Peslier
6. 7 Host T. Pletcher J. Velazquez
7. 4 Linngari H. Brown K. Shea
8. 16 Russian Pearl T. Cruz F. Coetzee
9. 5 Seihali D. Selvaratnam J. Murtagh
10. 2 The Tin Man R. Mandella V. Espinoza
11. 10 Touch of Land H. Pantall C. Lemaire
12. 14 Tyson M. de Kock M. Kinane
13. 12 Valixir S. bin Suroor L. Dettori
14. 11 Whilly D. O' Neill F. Martinez
15. 6 Irridescence M. de Kock W. Marwing
16. 8 Perfect Promise L. Freedman K. McEvoy

The Tin Man seems the sharpest of the American imports in the Duty Free. A perfect 2 for 2 since returning from a year-plus layoff, the Grade 1 winner has good tactical speed, and is trained by a master horseman in Dick Mandella. Host had a tough trip in his seasonal debut at Gulfstream, and should be rallying strongly late. Whilly has good speed, and should appreciate turning back in distance. He likely will offer value from post 11.

World Cup post positions not yet posted.