American horse “Live Is Good” leads a group of 10 top-level horses likely to take part in the 26th Dubai World Cup G1 sponsored by Emirates Airlines on March 26.
Trained by Todd Pletcher and winner of the G1 Breeders Cup Mile and the G1 Pegasus World Cup in the last two races, Live Is Good will face fierce competition from three American horses in the 2000 meter sand race. Trainer Doug O ‘Neill, who has been training in Dubai since January, and won the second round of the Al Maktoum Challenge G2 in the last participation, as well as the winner of the first category Country Grammar under the supervision of Bob Baffert and Midnight Burben under the supervision of Steve Asmussen, who ranked second and third in the 1st Saudi Cup on February 26 (February).
The international group includes a participation from Uruguay, through the winner of the Latin American G1 Award and winner of two titles in Uruguay, Aero Trim, under the supervision of trainer Antonio Sintra, while the owners of the second and third places of the 2021 edition Showa Wizard from Japan will return from the Dubai World Cup, and Magni Cor for the Godolphin team, which trains in France under the supervision of Andre Fabre.
Saeed bin Suroor, who tops the list of trainers for winning the Dubai World Cup, will boost Godolphin’s chances of winning the title this year with the multi-race winning pony in Europe Realworld, which won the G2 Zabeel Mile on the grass. in Meydan last January.
The group includes two local horses, Hypothetical and Remurs, who finished first and second in the third round of the Al Maktoum Challenge G1 in the last participation, plus the only entry from Great Britain, Grocer Jack, under the supervision of William Haggas.
Dubai Racing Club Board Member and CEO, Major General Dr. Muhammad Issa Al-Adab, said: “We are satisfied with the strong numerical and qualitative participation in the nine rounds of the 26th Dubai World Cup, which features 32 top-flight race winners, and it’s really wonderful that so many different countries are represented. We’re also delighted to be able to welcome the crowd with full energy from the track for the first time since 2019, and we hope you all enjoy it. from a night of racing.
The other race highlighted at the ceremony was the $6 million Longines Dubai “Shaimaa Classic G1” which attracted a field of 14 horses with a chance of taking part in the race, including several top class winners. such as Glory Vaz and Shahryar from Japan, plus Yipper, an impressive winner in Breeders.The G1 Turf Cup under the supervision of Charlie Appleby was later crowned American Turf Horse Champion for the year 2021, with the UK being heavily represented by the Coronation Cup G1 Champion Bulldriver under the supervision of William Muir, the Alinker under the supervision of William Haggas, and refereed by Owen Burrows.
In a group representing the UK Turf G1 sponsored by DP World for a distance of 1,800 meters, the John Gosden-trained horse Lord North will seek to defend the title in the $5 million race, but faces competition from the famous three-time champion winner of the Dubai Lord Glitters under the supervision of David O’Meara, and the powerful Japanese trio of Chanel Meister, Vin de Garde and Pantalassa.
The event will feature two exhilarating 1200 meter sprints, one of which is the G1 Dubai Golden Shaheen sponsored by Atlantis Dubai, on sand. Two American G1 winners, Dr. Shevel and Darren the Clock, will take on Japanese stars Kabano Kicking, Shane of Love, Red Lee Zelle.
The other race is Al Quoz for Speed G1 sponsored by Azizi Developments on grass. A strong showdown between three of the stars trained by Charlie Appleby are the winner of the G1 Champion Sprint at Ascot Creative Force, the man of rapid development. of Promise, the three-time winner on the track and the Al Fahidi Fort G2 Naval Crown champion, all facing European G1 winners Anna and Akis of U, while the US G1 winner the 1351 Turf Sprint in Riyadh in the last entry.
The ceremony includes three G2 races for hybrid horses, as Secret Ambition looks to defend the title at the Nakheel-sponsored Godolphin Mile against a strong field of local horses, including stablemate Al Nafud, and at a time when The 2000 Argentine Guineas champion Irwin will be part of an international field in the Mubadala-sponsored UAE Derby, which also includes Delmar Futures G1 champion Pinehurst, under the supervision of Bob Baffert, who managed to narrowly lead his runner-up Sekievo in the Saudi derby, which renews the confrontation with him.
Saudi Arabian star Stay Volish, under the supervision of Yoshito Yahagi, will be part of an iron group in the Dubai Gold Cup G2 race sponsored by Al Tayer Motors over a distance of 3200 meters on grass, and among his competitors is the Manobu undefeated in five starts, including Nad Al Sheba Trophy G3 on the same track under the supervision of Charlie Appleby.
The usual inaugural race is to witness Dubai as a G1 classic sponsored by Dubai’s purebred Arabian horse enrichment with a million dollar prize. An international entry includes defending champion Drian from France, and his companion, first category winner Hedi de Carrier, as well as a strong local challenge for first category winners RB Rich Like me, Rajeh, Buraq and Jugurtha. of Monlao.
The Kahila Classic Race is scheduled to start at 3:45 p.m., while the start gates for the Dubai World Cup will open at 8:30 p.m., and the track gates will open at 12:00 p.m. , and tickets are available at Dubai Racing Club. dubairacingclub.com website.