Superstar Arrogate ready to strike it rich again on Cup night
Arrogate is looking at securing another huge payday on Saturday when he will be red-hot favourite for the second richest race in the world, the Dubai World Cup.
The world champion has a whopping 16lb in hand on RPRs for the Meydan feature, so if everything runs to form he should be looking at a winning margin of around eight lengths.
At 2-5 heís not much of a price, but itís hard to envisage any of his rivals having the ammunition to get anywhere near the 136-rated superstar in a clean race and punters are effectively betting on whether the favourite runs his race or not.
As the next best on RPRs, Gun Runner (120) could be the one for the forecast, although Mubtaahij (118) has proven form at the track having produced his best three performances at Meydan. Those include a win in the UAE Derby and a second place in last yearís World Cup.
Postponed (126) is another big name in action on World Cup night when he bids to follow up last yearís win in the Dubai Sheema Classic.
He could finish only second behind Prize Money (117) on his return at Meydan last month, although he met trouble in running and it was being used a prep for the big day, so he should step forward.
Highland Reel (124) is next best behind Postponed on the figures. He finished fourth in last yearís Sheema Classic and was behind Postponed in the Juddmonte International, but he did finish ahead of Roger Varianís star in the Prix de líArc de Triomphe later in the campaign.
The Irish globetrotter is a solid 120s performer and should give his running, although Aidan OíBrienís horses arenít known for hitting their peak this early in the year.
Jack Hobbs (122) and Seventh Heaven (121) are also potential winners on the figures, but neither have run since last year, so at the prices it could pay to side with Prize Money each-way. Heís tough, fit and raring to go.
There is more European interest in the Dubai Turf, in which Richard Faheyís Ribchester (124) tops the ratings.
The four-year-old enjoyed a fantastic run of form last year, finishing a tight third in the Sussex Stakes behind The Gurkha and Galileo Gold before winning the Prix Jacques le Marois and then staying on for second behind Minding in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.
Zarak, trained by Alain de Royer-Dupre, is currently favourite after landing a Group 3 at Meydan last month with a career-best RPR of 118, but he will need to improve again to match the ten-year average for winners of the Dubai Turf, which stands at 124.1.
Ribchester hasnít had the benefit of a prep run but might just hold a class edge.
The Al Quoz Sprint features a fascinating clash between Dubai speedball Ertijaal (123) and European champion sprinter Limato (126).
Limato appears best at 7f, whereas Ertijaal is a 5f specialist, so a meeting between the two over 6f should make things interesting.
As with the Sheema Classic, the result could come down to course form and match fitness, which would give Ertijaal the edge provided he can stretch his speed out over the extra furlong.
American trainers have a terrific record in the big sprint on the dirt on World Cup night, the Golden Shaheen, and Mind Your Biscuits (120) leads another strong challenge.