DUBAI WORLD CUP 2017 BETTING PREVIEWOnly once beaten, on his debut at Los Alamitos last April, ARROGATE has since improved and enter this race on the back of six consecutive wins that has seen him beat American Freedom in the Travers Stakes and California Chrome in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita last November. Arrogate was last seen when he scored in the $12m Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park in Florida in late January. Bob Baffert’s grey has been placed in stall nine of 14 at the draw for post positions and he is the red-hot favoruite to win the Dubai World Cup 2017.
GUN RUNNER has recorded seven wins from 13 starts over eight different tracks. Since finishing a well-beaten third to Arrogate in the Travers, Gun Runner has delivered some of the best performances of his 13-race career. Twenty-one days after running second in the Las Vegas Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile, the 4-year-old son of Candy Ride capped his sophomore campaign by besting elders in the Clark Handicap on November 25th. In 2017, he's only run once, comprehensively dominating the Grade 3 Razorback at Oaklawn Park on February 20.
Bob Baffert also saddles HOPPERTUNITY, who is in stall 12. This horse won the San Antonio (G2) at Santa Anita in his last start on 4th February. He has yet to beat a horse the caliber of Arrogate, California Chrome, Beholder or the late Shared Belief, but he is a hard-trying horse that has won top-caliber races like the Clark Handicap and Jockey Club Gold Cup.
Mike de Kock’s MUBTAAHIJ, who was runner-up to California Chrome in last year’s renewal, and in 2015, he was a strong winner of the UAE Derby, also at Meydan. He nearly won the Woodward over Shaman Ghost last summer in America but has raced only once this season when he recorded a solid second in the Curlin Handicap at Meydan.
NEOLITHIC has just two starts in stakes company. He ran second in the Discovery (G3) at Aqueduct on 12th November and ran a decent third in the Pegasus World Cup in his last outing. He was part of the early pace in the new $12 million race at Gulfstream Park. While no match for Arrogate at the top of the lane, he was good enough to hold on for a clear third-place finish behind Arrogate and Shaman Ghost.
KEEN ICE was fourth when last seen in the Pegasus World Cup, his ninth loss in a row. His last win came in the 2015 Travers (G1) where he beat Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.
LANI ran in each leg of America's Triple Crown last season, with a third-place result in the Belmont Stakes being his best. He has not won since taking last year’s UAE Derby (G2). In his last outing, He was never really engaged in the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 (G1), where he was beaten 16 lengths in sixth.
AWARDEE has never been out of the top two since switching to dirt, and capped a six-race winning spree in the JBC Classic. Awardee has been runner-up in his last pair. Just nabbed in the Champions Cup (former Japan Cup Dirt) (G1) in a last-stride mugging, he was then upset by Apollo Kentucky in the Tokyo Daishoten (G1).
SPECIAL FIGHTER, second to Long River in the March 4 prep, ran a big race to finish fourth in the Dubai World Cup last year. He had his hinest moment when winning Group 1 Al Maktoum Challenge R3 last year.
APOLLO KENTUCKY is the main contender from Japan as he won 9 of 18 starts there, mostly at a local level on dirt. He improved to win the 10f Tokyo Daishoten (G1) last time, beating Awardee by 1½ lengths. He makes his seasonal reappearances here.
LONG RIVER contested all 3 rounds of the Al Maktoum Challenge this year and finished runner-up on the first occasion, before tailed off in Round 2, and then bouncing back to win the Group 1 contest over C&D on Super Saturday.
MOVE UP, the lone representative for past World Cup powerhouse Godolphin, has scored his marquee wins at 1 1/2 miles on turf in the Bosphorus Cup (G2) and Ascot’s Cumberland Lodge (G3).
GOLD DREAM left Lani back in fifth in last year’s Hyacinth S. at Tokyo. On the corresponding card this season, he just scored a new career high in the February S. (G1). Like Lani and Apollo Kentucky, he’d been unplaced in the Champions Cup
FURIA CRUZADA is the only female in the race. She is a champion in her native Chile, compiled a respectable European turf campaign in 2016 and made her Dubai debut a winning one in the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 2 (G2).
DUBAI WORLD CUP 2017 BEST ODDS
- Arrogate @ 33/1
- Gun Runner @ 9/1
- Mubtaahij @ 14/1
- Hoppertunity @ 16/1
- Neolithic @ 25/1
- Keen Ice @ 40/1
- Special Fighter @ 40/1
- Awardee @ 66/1
- Apollo Kentucky @ 66/1
- Gold Dream @ 66/1
- Long River @ 66/1
Move Up @ 66/1
- Furia Cruzada @ 100/1
- Lani @ 150/1
DUBAI WORLD CUP 2017 PREDICTIONS
|DUBAI WORLD CUP PICKS||BEST ODDS||BOOKMAKER|
|Winner: Arrogate||33/1||Bet £10, win £340.00|
|Winner: Neolithic||25/1||Bet £10, win £260.00|
|Without Arrogate: Neolithic||8/1||Bet £10, win £90.00|
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