Fourteen horses will line-up to contest the 2011 Dubai World Cup on Saturday, all of which will be chasing after the richest prize in thoroughbred race - a $10 million purse. The 10 furlong World Cup will run over Tapeta main track at Meydan Racecourse for the second consecutive year. American hopes are pinned to Gio Ponti and Fly Down, trained by Christophe Clement and Nice Zito, respectively. Gio Ponti finished 4th in last year's race, one and a half lengths back of the winner, Gloria De Campo (BRZ).
Last year's inaugural World Cup on Tapeta at Meydan saw Gloria De Campo (BRZ) shock the field at odds of 16/1 (depending the pool you were betting into), a result that defied much of the pre-race analysis. And while the winner appeared on paper to be a notch or two below many in the field, Gloria De Campo had ran well in his two previous starts over the same Meydan main track. Prior to winning the World Cup, Gloria De Campo finished 2nd behind Red Desire (JPN) in the third round of the Al Maktoom Challenge. In fact, the top three finishers in last year's World Cup had all run at Meydan in a local prep races and all three had a win over the surface.
Below are the entries for the World Cup. You can find the entries for all World Cup undercard races at Emirates Racing.
|1||Fly Down||J. Leparoux||N. Zito|
|2||Monterosso (GB)||M. Barzalona||M. Al Zarooni|
|3||Prince Bishop (IRE)||A. Ajtebi||S. bin Suroor|
|4||Cape Blanco (IRE)||J. Spencer||A. O'Brien|
|5||Gio Ponti||R. Dominguez||C. Clement|
|6||Victoire Pisa (JPN)||M. Demuro||K. Sumii|
|7||Musir (AUS)||C. Soumillon||M. de Kock|
|8||Gitano Hernando (GB)||J. Murtagh||M. Botti|
|9||Transcend (JPN)||S. Fujita||T. Yasuda|
|10||Poet's Voice (GB)||L. Dettori||S. bin Suroor|
|11||Richard's Kid||R. Mullen||S. Seemar|
|12||Twice Over (GB)||T. Queally||H. Cecil|
|13||Buena Vista (JPN)||R. Moore||H. Matsuda|
|14||Golden Sword (GB)||K. Shea||M. de Kock|
More on this race, and all of this weekend's racing action, later on the week.