Dubai World Cup – Preview.

Massive night of racing in the UAE tonight where the Dubai World Cup is the last race on the card to be run at 4.00am AEDT (which is actually Sunday morning). Globetrotting tipster Mitch Fenton @mitchfenton88 has had a good look at the big race & offers his thoughts below.

From my own viewpoint I note Amber Sky goes around in Race 5 (1.30am AEDT), I don’t see too many HK trials however I saw the one he won recently & don’t think I’ve ever seen a more impressive barrier trial performance, at around $7 fixed I’d be having something on..
 

PRINCE BISHOP (IRE) 8 yrs. Ch G 27 (10-3-3)
Owner:
Sh Hamdan bin Mohd Al Maktoum
Trainer:
S bin Suroor
Jockey:
William Buick
Weight 57.0 Kgs
Official Rating116

Ran 9th beaten over 10L behind African Story in this race last year when coming off a dominant Al Maktoum win in the lead up.
This campaign he’s had 2 Meydan runs and finished 2nd on both occasions beaten narrowly. Both times he ran home hard to just miss out on the major prize.

Will settle back but be running on hard late and is a definite winning chance in the race.

 
2(2)

HOKKO TARUMAE (JPN) 6 yrs. Bay H 29 (15-3-5)
Owner:
Michiaki Yabe
Trainer:
K Nishiura
Jockey:
Hideaki Miyuki
Weight 57.0 Kgs
Official Rating 119

Dual Gr1 winner in his native Japan, he finished 16th and last in this race last year but returns on the dirt surface for another go.
Comes here on the back off two consecutive wins so he’s going well, that sees him a decent each way chance in this race.

 

3(3)

AFRICAN STORY (GB) 8 yrs. Ch G 20 (8-4-3)
Owner:
Godolphin
Trainer:
S bin Suroor
Jockey:
James Doyle
Weight 57.0 Kgs
Official Rating 123

Defending champion looking to create history by becoming the first dual winner of the world’s richest race. Comes into the race in winning form after beating home Prince Bishop narrowly in the 2000m Gr1 Al Maktoum last start. A genuine chance of making it back to back wins.

 

4(4)

SIDE GLANCE (GB) 8 yrs. Br G 39 (8-4-10)
Owner:
Pearl Bloodstock Ltd
Trainer:
A Balding
Jockey:
Andrea Atzeni
Weight 57.0 Kgs
Official Rating 116

Australian punters would know this boy well. Last Spring he had two runs in Australia a 3rd in the Gr1 2000m Caulfield Stakes followed by a luckless 4th in the ‘WFA Championship’ of Australia the Cox Plate behind Aidan O’Brien’s Adelaide. This is a lot tougher and whilst he always runs well he doesn’t win out of turn and I doubt that’ll be any different here.

 
5(5)

LEA (USA) 6 yrs. Ch H 14 (7-3-2)
Owner:
Claiborne Farm & Adele B Dilschneider
Trainer:
W Mott
Jockey:
Joel Rosario
Weight 57.0 Kgs
Official Rating 119

Lightly raced American horse who comes here of the back of a narrow Gr1 defeat at Gulfstream Park over 1810m. He’s never been tried beyond that distance, so as much as it looks like he will run a strong 10 furlongs it is an unknown quantity.
A triple Gr3 winner but this looms as much tougher and at his current 5-1 quote I think he’s well unders.

 
6(6)

CANDY BOY (USA) 4 yrs. Bay C 12 (2-4-2)
Owner:
Ramzan Kadyrov
Trainer:
D Watson
Jockey:
Patrick Dobbs
Weight 57.0 Kgs
Official Rating 115

A rough place hope if he can run up to his Breeders Cup Classic run when beaten 5.5L behind Bayern.

 
7(7)

LONG RIVER (USA) 5 yrs. Ch H 17 (4-3-2)
Owner:
Sh Hamdan bin Mohd Al Maktoum
Trainer:
S bin Ghadayer
Jockey:
Mickael Barzalona
Weight 57.0 Kgs
Official Rating 112

Outclassed.

 

8(8)

EPIPHANEIA (JPN) 5 yrs. Bay H 13 (6-2-1)
Owner:
U Carrot Farm
Trainer:
K Sumii
Jockey:
Christophe Soumillon
Weight 57.0 Kgs
Official Rating 129

The world’s highest ranked horse thanks to his devastating 4L Japan Cup win over 2400m but he’s twice won over the mile and a quarter journey of the World Cup. Possesses an explosive turn of foot I think Soumillion can park him in the first half of the field and he can use that dash to go right over the top of them.

 

9(9)

CALIFORNIA CHROME (USA) 4 yrs. Ch C 17 (9-2-1)
Owner:
Perry Martin & Steve Coburn
Trainer:
A Sherman
Jockey:
Victor Espinoza
Weight 57.0 Kgs
Official Rating 123

Won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness before failing over the 2400m in Belmont to miss out on the triple crown of America. He’s all class having won 4 group 1’s at home, he’ll take plenty of beating and we know he loves the dirt tracks.
TIPS:
8.EPIPHANEIA
9.CALIFORNIA CHROME
2.AFRICAN STORY
1.PRINCE BISHOP

SUGGESTED BET: 8.EPIPHANEIA (EACH WAY)

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