Dubai World Cup Guide 2022

Andy Smith | @AndySmithRacing

Meydan - March 26 2022
Meydan 16:30
7(1)
Irad Ortiz Jr

Life Is Good

J: Irad Ortiz Jr
T: Todd Pletcher
N/A
Age: 4
Weight: 9-0
OR: 124
Days: 56

Todd Pletcher’s lightly raced 4 year old began his career with Bob Baffert winning a Grade 3 and a Grade 2 over in America, getting the better of Medina Spirit both times.

Moving to Pletcher’s yard off the back of that saw him unsuccessfully drop in trip and be denied by a neck in Grade 1 company.

But he has since been foot perfect winning his last three starts. Gaining Grade 1 honours in the process.

Last seen easily scalping Knicks Go at Gulfstream over 9 furlongs, he will be having his first attempt at 10 furlongs but looks likely to get the trip.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
01/10/22BBA9S9-01
06/08/22SAR9St8-121
02/07/22BLM7Fs8-121
26/03/22MEY10Fs9-04
29/01/22GUL9Fs8-111
Meydan - March 26 2022
Meydan 16:30
5(7)
Flavien Prat

Hot Rod Charlie

J: Flavien Prat
T: Doug O'Neill
N/A
Age: 4
Weight: 9-0
OR: 122
Days: 50

A highly consistent 4 year old for Doug O’Neill, he was narrowly denied Grade 1 honours as a 2 year old when 100/1 for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.

Mixing it between 9 and 12 furlongs has seen him garner Grade 2 success and being narrowly denied in grade 1 company.

He finally got his head in front in Grade 1 company but was disqualified for causing interference.

He’s been in top form this season and got his Grade 1 victory back in September. He was last seen winning a Group 2 over in Meydan easily at prohibitive odds over 9.5 furlongs. Likely to go well.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
01/10/22CHU9Fs8-131
06/08/22SAR9St8-123
18/06/22MON8Fs8-122
26/03/22MEY10Fs9-02
04/02/22MEY9.5Fs8-131
Meydan - March 26 2022
Meydan 16:30
8(9)
William Buick

Magny Cours

J: William Buick
T: A Fabre
N/A
Age: 7
Weight: 9-0
OR: 114
Days: 28

For Andre Fabre and Godolphin, Magny Cours scored a couple of times as a 2 year old before being gelded.

He found more success at 3 when winning a listed race over a mile in France before a successful raid at Sandown saw him gain another Listed win.

He has dipped his toe in group company a few times but has found all his success at listed level. Last seen running in the Saudi Cup, he was well beaten behind Emblem Road and looks to be lacking the quality to get involved here.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
08/10/22CHA9.5St9-31
26/03/22MEY10Fs9-010
26/02/22JAN9Fs9-010
19/11/21SAK10Gd9-23
23/10/21SAI8VSft9-11
Meydan - March 26 2022
Meydan 16:30
1(2)
Vagner Leal

Aero Trem

J: Vagner Leal
T: A Cintra Pereira
N/A
Age: 6
Weight: 9-0
OR: 116
Days: 28

At the foot of the betting currently is Area Trem. Starting life in Uruguay, he won once before moving to Brazil.

The 6 year old won on debut for his current connections and continued his improvement which saw him win a Group 1 last October.

Last seen running behind Emblem Road, he was sent off 100/1 and was well beaten in the Saudi Cup coming 5th. He has plenty to find to get close to those who beat him in the Saudi Cup.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
26/02/22JAN9Fs9-05
24/10/21MRO10St9-61
05/09/21MRO10St9-61
17/01/21MRO8S9-61
11/10/20MRO8St9-62
Meydan - March 26 2022
Meydan 16:30
2(3)
Yuga Kawada

Chuwa Wizard

J: Yuga Kawada
T: Ryuji Okubo
N/A
Age: 7
Weight: 9-0
OR: 116
Days: 52

A 7 year old Japanese trained raider, Chuwa Wizard has run 17 times in his career and has scored 7 times. Collecting a hefty chunk £5.7 million in prize money.

Mainly running between 9 and 10 furlongs has seen him capture four group 1 races. He was well beaten in last year's Saudi Cup behind Mishriff before running a mighty race to be 2nd in this race last year at a large looking 20/1.

He was last seen winning a local Group 1 in Japan easily over 10.5 furlongs. A good 2nd in this last year, he returns on form again.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
02/02/22KAW10.5St9-01
05/12/21CHK9St9-02
03/11/21KAN10.5St9-03
30/06/21OHI10M9-06
27/03/21MEY10Fs9-02
Meydan - March 26 2022
Meydan 16:30
4(4)
NON-RUNNER

Grocer Jack

J: NON-RUNNER
T: William Haggas
N/A
Age: 5
Weight: 9-0
OR: 112
Days: 28

William Haggas and Tom Marquand team up with Grocer Jack.

He remained a maiden through his first and second season racing, unable to win in any of his 8 outings. Despite running well multiple times in Germany and France when trained by Waldemar Hickst.

Breaking his maiden in Group 3 company, he then put in some decent 2nd places in good races. Gaining his second career success when winning another group 3 on his last start in Germany, Groper Jack debuted for Haggas in Riyadh in the Neom Turf Cup, coming 5th.

The 5 year old has run well in this sort of company before but left a lot to be desired on his last outing to suggest he can get truly competitive in this race.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
27/08/22WDR10GS9-72
06/08/22HAY10.5Gd9-72
16/07/22NBY10GF9-81
05/06/22CHA12Sft9-04
26/02/22JAN10.5GF9-05
Meydan - March 26 2022
Meydan 16:30
3(5)
Frankie Dettori

Country Grammer

J: Frankie Dettori
T: Bob Baffert
N/A
Age: 5
Weight: 9-0
OR: 119
Days: 28

Representing Bob Baffert is 5 year old Country Gammer. Coming over from America, son of Tonalist began his career with Chad Brown, winning 2 of his 5 outings for the trainer.

Gaining a Grade 3 success over 9 furlongs, his last run for Brown was a heavy defeat behind Tiz The Law.

He’s now run for Baffert 3 times, coming 2nd on his debut for his new connections, he went close behind Royal Ship in a Grade 2 before reversing that form to seal a Grade 1 win.

Given a big break off the back of that, he ran at Riyadh in the Saudi Cup to be 2nd behind Emblem Road.

With that promising run in the books, he’ll come on for that outing and should be in a solid round.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
01/10/22SNA9Fs8-122
04/09/22DMA10Fs8-122
31/07/22DMA8.5Fs8-132
26/03/22MEY10Fs9-01
26/02/22JAN9Fs9-02
Meydan - March 26 2022
Meydan 16:30
6(10)
Mickael Barzalona

Hypothetical

J: Mickael Barzalona
T: S bin Ghadayer
N/A
Age: 5
Weight: 9-0
OR: 112
Days: 21

Now 5 years old, Hypothetical started his career with John Gosden, winning on debut. He failed to make any further progress off the back of that and found himself moved over to the UAE and into the care of Salem Bin Ghadayer.

He fared better running over in Dubai and scored in handicap company a couple of times before a good brace of outings in Group 1 company.

This winter has seen him improve, despite being beaten out of sight on his first run over a mile, he bounced back from that with a brilliant effort to score a Group 3 easily.Last seen winning his grade 1 when scoring over 10 furlongs here 3 weeks ago.

Likely to put in another good showing under Mickael Barzalona.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
05/03/22MEY10Fs9-01
04/02/22MEY8Fs9-01
14/01/22MEY8Fs9-012
27/03/21MEY10Fs9-04
06/03/21MEY10Fs9-02
Meydan - March 26 2022
Meydan 16:30
10(6)
Christophe Soumillon

Real World

J: Christophe Soumillon
T: Saeed bin Suroor
N/A
Age: 5
Weight: 9-0
OR: 118
Days: 28

Seemingly the first string for Godolphin, Real World is trained by Saeed bin Suroor. An easy winner on his debut at Chelmsford, he struggled to find his feet over in Meydan and didn't taste success again until a bloodless victory in the Royal Hunt Cup at Ascot.

He then gained listed success before another impressive victory over 9 furlongs to seal a Group 3 win. A successful raid in France saw him get the better of the Revenant over a mile to round out a perfect season.

A good win over a mile in a Group 2 in Meydan saw him follow up with a poor showing in the Saudi Cup.

He has smart form if bouncing back from his disappointing run in Riyadh.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
14/06/22ASC8GF9-22
14/05/22NBY8Gd9-02
26/03/22MEY10Fs9-09
26/02/22JAN9Fs9-011
28/01/22MEY8Gd9-41
Meydan - March 26 2022
Meydan 16:30
9(8)
Jose L Ortiz

Midnight Bourbon

J: Jose L Ortiz
T: Steven Asmussen
N/A
Age: 4
Weight: 9-0
OR: 120
Days: 28

Last seen coming 3rd behind Emblem Road and Country Grammar in the Saudi Cup for Steven Asmussen, Midnight Bourbon has been consistent for connections, although finding wins are hard to come by.

The 4 year old has run 14 times in his career but has only managed to win once. Scoring Grade 3 for 3 year olds, he has since been running to the same kind of level. Only twice has he finished outside the top 3, once when unseating after being hampered.

A string of close calls at the top table question whether he has the quality to stamp his authority on this kind of race.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
26/02/22JAN9Fs9-03
22/01/22FGR8.5Fs8-62
26/11/21CHU9Fs8-63
25/09/21PRX9Fs8-122
28/08/21SAR10Fs9-02
Meydan - March 26 2022
Meydan 16:30
11(11)
Tadhg O'Shea

Remorse

J: Tadhg O'Shea
T: B Seemar
N/A
Age: 5
Weight: 9-0
OR: 110
Days: 21

Only successful 3 times in his career, Remorse won over 12 furlongs as a 3 year old when trained by Andre Fabre, he only managed the one success before moving to the UAE.

Winning a brace of handicaps, he moved yards again but has finished 2nd on all 4 of his outings.

From Listed races to Group 3 company, he then finished 2nd behind Hypothetical here 3 weeks ago.

No match for Hypothetical last time out, there’s little to suggest he could reverse that form.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
05/03/22MEY10Fs9-02
12/02/22JEB8Fs9-02
21/01/22MEY10Fs9-02
02/12/21MEY10Fs9-22
12/11/21JEB8Fs9-81

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