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Probable fields are set for Dubai World Cup card

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Thirty-three Thoroughbred Group 1 winners are among horses from 13 countries expected to run at the $30.5 million Dubai World Cup meeting at Meydan Racecourse on March 30.

Defending champion Ushba Tesoro, Saudi Cup (G1) winner Señor Buscador and Breeders’ Cup Classic runner-up Derma Sotogake are among a projected lineup of 13 for the $12 million Dubai World Cup (G1). The locally trained contingent is led by Kazakhstan-owned sensation Kabirkhan, winner of the Maktoum Challenge (G1).

Silks Horse / Sire Rating Trainer / Jockey Last Start / Next Start HRN
Ushba Tesoro

Orfevre

7.65

Noboru Takagi

2nd, 2024 Saudi Cup G1

Probable

Last Race

2nd, 2024 Saudi Cup G1

Horse Silk Derma Sotogake Derma Sotogake

Mind Your Biscuits

7.09

Hidetaka Otonashi

5th, 2024 Saudi Cup G1

Probable

Last Race

5th, 2024 Saudi Cup G1

Horse Silk Dura Erede Dura Erede

Duramente

7.05

Manabu Ikezoe

3rd, 2023 Tokyo Daishoten G1

Probable

Last Race

3rd, 2023 Tokyo Daishoten G1

Horse Silk Defunded Defunded

Dialed In

6.58

Abdulaziz Khalid Mishref

7th, 2024 Saudi Cup G1

Probable

Last Race

7th, 2024 Saudi Cup G1

Horse Silk Senor Buscador Senor Buscador

Mineshaft

6.45

Todd W. Fincher

1st, 2024 Saudi Cup G1

Probable

Last Race

1st, 2024 Saudi Cup G1

Horse Silk Newgate Newgate

Into Mischief

6.18

Bob Baffert

1st, 2024 Santa Anita Handicap G1

Probable

Last Race

1st, 2024 Santa Anita Handicap G1

Horse Silk Crupi Crupi

Curlin

6.02

Todd A. Pletcher

3rd, 2024 Pegasus World Cup G1

Probable

Last Race

3rd, 2024 Pegasus World Cup G1

Horse Silk Newgrange Newgrange

Violence

5.91

Philip D’Amato

6th, 2024 Santa Anita Handicap G1

Probable

Last Race

6th, 2024 Santa Anita Handicap G1

Horse Silk Laurel River Laurel River

Into Mischief

5.53

Bhupat Seemar

1st, 2024 Burj Nahaar G3

Probable

Last Race

1st, 2024 Burj Nahaar G3

Horse Silk Clapton Clapton

Brethren

5.30

Chad Summers

3rd, 2024 Al Maktoum Classic G2

Probable

Last Race

3rd, 2024 Al Maktoum Classic G2

Horse Silk Kabirkhan Kabirkhan

California Chrome

0.00

Doug Watson

1st, 2024 Al Maktoum Challenge G1

Probable

Last Race

1st, 2024 Al Maktoum Challenge G1

Horse Silk Military Law Military Law

Dubawi

0.00

Musabbeh Al Mheiri

1st, 2024 Al Maktoum Classic G2

Probable

Last Race

1st, 2024 Al Maktoum Classic G2

Horse Silk Wilson Tesoro Wilson Tesoro

Kitasan Black

0.00

Hitoshi Kotegawa

2nd, 2023 Tokyo Daishoten G1

Probable

Last Race

2nd, 2023 Tokyo Daishoten G1

The $6 million Dubai Sheema Classic (G1) has a projected field of 12, with 2022 winner Shahryar aiming to become the first horse to win it twice. He is part of a formidable Japanese team that includes top fillies Liberty Island and Stars On Earth. Taking them on from Europe is Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Auguste Rodin and Coronation Cup (G1) winner Emily Upjohn, and the Godolphin challenge relies on 2021 UAE Derby (G2) winner Rebel’s Romance.

Lord North goes for an unprecedented fourth win in the $5 million Dubai Turf (G1). The John and Thady Gosden-trained gelding faces a potential 14 rivals, including Arima Kinen winner Do Deuce and Lord’s North stablemate, the multiple Group 1-winning mare Nashwa.

There are two valuable sprints on the card, including the $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen (G1). Defending champion Sibelius faces last year’s fourth Hopkins, while the Japanese challenge is headed by impressive Riyadh Dirt Sprint winner Remake.

The $1.5 million Al Quoz Sprint (G1) has an international look, with multiple Grade 1 winner Casa Creed traveling from America, Jasper Krone from Japan and several British runners, including Group 1 winners Regional and Emaraaty Ana. California Spangle, winner of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup (G1) last weekend, journeys from Hong Kong.

The card is bolstered by three Group 2 races, beginning with the Godolphin Mile. The strong lineup features 2023 winner Isolate and Saudi Crown, third in the Saudi Cup last time out.

Devastating Saudi Derby winner Forever Young is the star attraction in the UAE Derby (G2), in which he is likely to be joined by U.S. raider Pandagate, as well as UAE 2000 Guineas (G3) winner Mendelssohn Bay and Henry Adams and Navy Seal, both trained by Aidan O’Brien.

O’Brien runs Tower Of London in the Dubai Gold Cup (G2), in which his likely opponents include Irish St Leger (G1) winner Eldar Eldarov, Yorkshire Cup (G2) winner Giavellotto and Lonsdale Cup (G2) winner Coltrane.

The traditional curtain raiser to the day is the $1 million Dubai Kahayla Classic (G1) for purebred Arabians in which a likely field of 13 includes 2022 winner First Classs and the unbeaten Saudi star Asfan Al Khalediah.

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