HORSE RACING FIXTURES AND RESULTS
HORSE RACING FEATURE
Dubai World Cup 2017: Runner Guide
We run the rule over all 14 runners for the 2017 Dubai World Cup at Meydan on Saturday.
1. Apollo Kentucky (Kenji Yamauchi, Japan)
5-y-o, one of four runners for Japan and won 9 of 18 starts there, mostly at a local level on dirt. Improved to win a 10f Grade 1 at Ohi last time, beating Awardee by 1½ lengths. Handy draw in stall 1, though has a fair bit to find against the US runners.
2. Long River (S. bin Ghadayer, UAE)
Group 1-placed when trained in the US in 2014 for Kiaran McLaughlin, has been all-or-nothing for this yard, contesting all 3 rounds of the Al Maktoum Challenge this year, runner-up on the first occasion, before tailed off in Round 2, then bouncing back to win the Group 1 contest over C&D on Super Saturday. Likes to go forward, so draw helps.
3. Gold Dream (Osamu Hirata, Japan)
Least exposed of the runners from his country, won 5 of 9 starts and unplaced just once. Improved to land Grade 1 February Stakes over 1m on seasonal reappearance at Tokyo last mont, but another step forward required here.