04/07/2010 12:00AM

World Cup Night competitors go their own ways


Horses departing Dubai after Dubai World Cup Night are beginning to make plans for future international events. Five of them will be heading to Hong Kong for an April 25 date in either the $1.8 million Queen Elizabeth II Cup at 1 1/4 miles or the $1.5 million Champions Mile, while seven from the Dubai Sheema Classic are nominated for the 1 1/2-mile Coronation Cup at Epsom on June 4.

Lizard's Desire, who just failed to catch Gloria de Campeao in the World Cup, has been selected to run in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Sha Tin. He will be joined by the defending title-holder, Presvis, who was a troubled 11th as the favorite in the Dubai Duty Free. Lizard's Desire's Mike de Kock-trained stablemate Imbongi, third in the Duty Free, has been selected for the Champions Mile along with Good Ba Ba, three-time winner of the Hong Kong Mile and eighth in the Duty Free, and Cat Junior, winner of the Burj Nahar and ninth in the Godolphin Mile.

Carl O'Callaghan has already announced that his Dubai Golden Shaheen winner Kinsale King will be heading to Royal Ascot for the six-furlong Golden Jubilee Stakes on June 19. Golden Shaheen runner-up Rocket Man could also be Royal Ascot-bound after a tilt back home in Singapore in the KrisFlyer Sprint on May 16.

Al Shemali, the surprise winner of the Dubai Duty Free, is headed to Singapore and a rematch with Duty Free runner-up Bankable in the 1 1/4-mile Singapore Airlines International Cup at Kranji on May 16 in a race that was won last year by Gloria de Campeao, who has finished second and first in the last two Dubai World Cups. Dar Re Mi, the winner of the Dubai Sheema Classic off an improbable 140-day layoff, heads a strong list of nominees to the Coronation Cup that includes six other Sheema Classic runners in Spanish Moon (third), Cavalryman (fifth), Eastern Anthem (sixth), Youmzain (eighth), Campanologist (ninth), and Jukebox Jury (15th). They could be joined at Epsom by World Cup fifth and St. Leger winner Mastery, defending title-holder Ask, and Irish Derby winner Fame and Glory.

Meanwhile, UAE Derby winner Musir, a Southern Hemisphere 3-year-old, has been switched from South African trainer Mike de Kock to be trained in Australia by Sydney-based David Payne.