Sixteen in contention for Dubai World Cup at Meydan
Last Updated: 24/03/14 3:40pm
Ruler Of The World: Heads the Dubai World Cup field
The 2013 Epsom Derby winner, Ruler Of The World, heads sixteen runners that remain in contention for Saturday's Dubai World Cup, sponsored by Emirates.
The Galileo colt is the bookmakers' ante-post favourite for the richest race in the world, run over 10 furlongs of the Tapeta track at Meydan, but he does face plenty of opposition from a truly international field.
The general second favourite is Military Attack who annexed the Hong Kong Gold Cup on his latest outing and the trainer's son, George Moore, told www.dubairacingclub.com that the son of Oratorio had settled in well.
"We kept him to the quarantine area this morning. The travel from Hong Kong went okay. My father has just arrived and he will oversee the preparation from hereon but it's so far, so good," he said.
Military Attack was sent off as favourite for the Group One Hong Kong Cup in December but could only finish fourth behind Akeed Mofeed who has also made the journey to the UAE.
Red Cadeaux was runner-up 12 months ago and Ed Dunlop's globetrotting star has delighted his regular travelling companion, travelling head man Robin Trevor-Jones, who revealed: "He worked on Saturday and then had an easy day yesterday. He had a normal canter this morning and is his usual self - he is very happy in himself and he loves this surface. He has been doing 12-second furlongs (200m) for fun and does love the ground."
Sky Bet York Stakes winner Mukhadram and Royal Ascot winner Hillstar are other possibles while Godolphin have African Story, Cat O'Mountain and Vancouverite still left in.
Japan won the Dubai World Cup with Victoire Pisa in 2011 and Belshazzar and Hokko Tarumae could attempt to follow in his steps.