Frankie Dettori is out in Meydan to try and win the Dubai World Cup once again.
The top jockey has three victories in the valuable contest to his name, on Dubai Milennium (2000), Moon Ballad (2003) and Electrocutionist (2006).
The race was first held in 1996 and this year Dettori teams up with Saudi Cup third Great Scot.
Owned by HRH Prince Faisal Bin Khaled, he was a Group Three winner when trained by Tom Dascombe.
Dettori has his first rides for Godolphin at the prestigious fixture for the first time since 2012.
Here the Sporting Index ambassador previews his chances of a winner on World Cup night…
LORD NORTH – Dubai Turf
He was by no means disgraced in finishing fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Turf over 1m4f, and he now steps back to 1m1f which is the same distance he won the Cambridgeshire over in 2019.
The concern is that he’s had almost five months off the track, but when I rode him on Thursday morning he felt in good shape.
John is the best and he showed with Mishriff in The Saudi Cup that he can get one ready for a big race like this despite the break.
He’s the highest rated horse in the race so obviously goes there with a big chance, though horses like Lord Glitters, Al Suhail and Land Of Legends have all been running well recently and have to be respected.
EQUILATERAL – Al Quoz Sprint
He has a bit to find on ratings with Space Blues, but there’s no doubt he enjoys his time out in Dubai.
Meydan is a very flat, slick track and that suits him as he likes to free-wheel along.
Space Blues obviously stands out, but he’s going back in distance so that has to be a question mark.
All of Equilateral’s best form is over 5f, but given the nature of the track I’m be hopeful he can handle the step up in trip.
Final Song, who I won on two starts back, is also in the race. She’s a lovely filly who tries very hard.
GREAT SCOT – Dubai World Cup
I was asked to ride Great Scot a while back and I took it with both hands.
He’s been running very well all winter in Saudi, including finishing third in The Saudi Cup last time out, and I’m very pleased to have a good ride in the race.
The one thing to bear in mind is that the dirt in Meydan is completely different to the one in Saudi.
Turf horses can go well on the dirt in Saudi, but this one is a case of you either love it, or you hate it.
Some of the big guns haven’t turned up, we’ve got a nice draw, he’s been in good form and it’s just a question of whether he handles the surface now.
DUBAI FUTURE – Dubai Sheema Classic
I won on him earlier last month and he ticks all the right boxes.
He’s done nothing wrong all winter, loves the track and just has a bit to find on ratings.
If he runs his race then there’s no reason he can’t hit the board and win a few quid.
NEW TREASURE – UAE Derby
He ran a very decent race in to finish third in the Saudi Derby.
Some of the others in the race might have a slightly more eye-catching profile than him and we’re taking on the Saudi Derby winner Pink Kamehameha again, but there’s plenty of prize money again and I hope to get a piece of it.
DIEU DU VIN – Godolphin Mile
Two years ago I did a stint in Japan and I landed on this horse. I rode him once and he won really well on the dirt.
At the time, I mentioned they should go for the UAE Derby, but he had a setback and was out for quite a long time.
He’s since come back, gone well in his prep run and the owner has really looked after me and asked me to ride him this year.
The problem is we’ve drawn gate 15 of 15, but it is what it is and we’ll give it a go.
GLOBAL HEAT – Dubai Gold Cup
He ran a super race to finish second in the Nad Al Sheba Trophy, finishing very strongly to suggests the step up in trip will suit.
This doesn’t look the hottest contest on the card and I’d say we’ve got a good chance.
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