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Dubai World Cup has strong US entry

A field of 13 line up for the Dubai World Cup at Meydan over ten furlongs on the dirt on Saturday. Thunder Snow has a good chance to repeat his win of last year. He finished second last time out in the Al Maktoum Challenge over course and distance on March 9. He did the same last year before taking the World Cup.

Capezzano beat Thunder Snow in that contest. He has won his last three, all at Meydan, and comes into the World Cup with a firm chance.

Audible, one of five American runners in the Dubai World Cup, was tenth in the Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream over a sloppy track last time but has otherwise been very consistent. He was third in the Kentucky Derby to Triple Crown winner Justify over a sloppy track last year. That was his only other run over this trip. If he likes the track he could be in with a chance.

Another American runner, Yoshida, looks vulnerable at this distance. He is versatile, with wins on turf and dirt, but nine furlongs looks to be his best trip.

North America has won his last two. He finished last in last year’s Dubai World Cup after breaking badly. He should improve on that placing if he gets a clean start.

New Trails, who has been consistent over the Meydan strip, including winning a handicap over course and distance back in November, and Dolkong, who won a listed race over course and distance and then was third behind Capezzano and Thunder Snow in the Al Maktoum race, both have solid place claims.

Dubai Turf has superstar filly

Japanese superstar filly Almond Eye is the heavy favourite in the nine-furlong Dubai Turf. However, Dream Castle, a son of Frankel, has won his last three over this course and trip and would be the selection here.

In the Sheema Classic, over a mile and a half on the grass, Old Persian won over course and distance last time out on March 9, putting him in with a good shot at winning, while Magic Wand and Racing History can go close.

About Chris Pitt

Chris Pitt is a racing historian and freelance journalist. He has written three books including 'A Long Time Gone', chronicling Britain's lost racecourses, and 'Go Down to the Beaten', stories of jockeys who didn't win the Grand National. He founded the Midlands Racing Club and was formerly racing correspondent for BBC Radio WM.

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