The Dubai World Cup is the richest thoroughbred horse race in the world and it continues to be one of the most popular betting races of the year. It carries a purse of US$12 million, regaining its place as the world's richest horse race, having lost that title to the Pegasus World Cup in 2017 and 2018.
2019 DUBAI WORLD CUP BETTING PREVIEWThe #1 favourite is NORTH AMERICA, who has won seven of his last 11 starts, all of which have come on the dirt at Meydan. Last year, he totally missed the start in this race, eventually finishing tailed off last by some distance. He absolutely bolted in by nine lengths to win the two editions of the Al Maktoum Challenge this season and the step-up to 2000 metres suits. Drawn 3, with Capezzano inside him, he will almost certainly lead the latter to the bend.
CAPEZZANO was the 9½ length winner of Round 3 of the Al Maktoum Challenge over C&D last month, beating last year’s Dubai World Cup winner Thunder Snow. That impressive victory was his third straight. He was soundly beaten in the 2018 Godolphin Mile, recording a 13th place finish and beaten by stablemate, Heavy Metal.
THUNDER SNOW made all of the running in last year's edition and came home alone by just under six lengths in the hands of Christophe Soumillon. Anyway, he has failed to add to that win in four subsequent starts including when going down by nine and a half lengths to fellow rival Capezzano over course and distance earlier this month. He's drawn very wide (wider even than last year).
SEEKING THE SOUL comes into the famous race on the back of some impressive results. He came second in the Pegasus World Cup in January and has finished in the top three in all his races, bar one — an uncharacteristic 13th in the Woodward Stakes Group 1 at Saratoga — in the past year. He also won last year's Grade 3 Ack Ack Stakes at Churchill Downs before a second-place finish in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile behind City Of Light.
YOSHIDA has some excellent form on dirt to his name, including when winning the Grade 1 Woodward Stakes at Saratoga last September. He also recorded a strong-finish fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs behind Gunnevera and Thunder Snow.
AUDIBLE was a top flight three-year-old who finished just over two lengths off the Triple Crown winner Justify in the Kentucky Derby. He is 1 for 3 since returning from a lay off, so will need to be on his A game to land a blow here.
GUNNEVERA is returning for a second attempt after finishing eighth behind Thunder Snow last year - but suffered a hoof injury. He has finished runner-up in two Grade One contests since then, including in the Breeders’ Cup Classic behind Accelerate.
PAVEL was fourth in the race 12 months ago and improved again when landing a Grade One handicap at Churchill Downs two starts later. Anyway, he is winless in four subsequent starts. The winner of the Stephen Foster Handicap (G1) is going to wear blinkers for the first time in a race
GRONKOWSKI was a Listed winner on the all-weather at Newcastle 12 months ago before embarking on a world tour. He ran a huge race to finish second behind Justify in the Belmont Stakes in June last year. He hasn’t matched that form since and was another well beaten by Capezzano last time out.
AXELROD wasn’t 100 per cent on his first start at Meydan but will strip fitter for his second start. Although he has failed to land a blow in his last three starts, he looked a horse with a big future when recording back-to-back victories in Grade Three contests in 2018 and when he ran a great race when runner-up to McKinzie in last fall’s Pennsylvania Derby (G1). He showed little in his Super Saturday contest, checking in 10th of 11 in the Burj Nahaar (G3).
K T BRAVE, a Japanese contender, will run his first international start and hasn’t raced for nearly four months. He has finished placed in multiple Group One races during his career and finished second at the highest level last time out.
NEW TRAILS has won two of his five starts at Meydan. He had his first run in a Group One when fourth in Round Three of the Al Maktoum Challenge last time out. He will have to produce a career best effort.
DOLKONG, the South Korean flag-bearer, hung with Capezzano and Thunder Snow in the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 even though he had won the Curlin Handicap a week before. He has to deal with the widest draw.