Dubai World Cup Updates

With less than three weeks to go before the G1 Dubai World Cup ‘duel in the desert’, we run the rule over the market principals for the $12m contest at Meydan that features last year’s winner Country Grammer, who renews rivalry with Saudi Cup conqueror Panthalassa and takes on the upgrading in-form Algiers. Here our Dubai World Cup Updates

Dubai World Cup Odds

Dubai World Cup

G1, $12,000,000, 1m 2f dirt, 4yo+, Meydan, March 25

Country Grammer Trainer: Bob Baffert 5-2

Won this 12 months ago and this year’s version isn’t as strong; runner-up in mile-eighth G1 Saudi Cup when finishing strongly and will appreciate stretching back out; solid international campaigner and has class edge on his main market rival.

Algiers Simon & Ed Crisford 3-1

Has improved considerably this year, winning two G2s at Meydan by daylight, although the quality of opposition has not been particularly high; stays the distance, still on the upgrade and big chance in the toughest test of his career.

Panthalassa Yoshito Yahagi 8-1

Won G1 Saudi Cup by three-quarters of a length from Country Grammer, led all the way; that was first victory on dirt for this G1 turf winner and he could move up from it, although extra furlong may not help; also entered for the Dubai Turf.

Cafe Pharoah Noriyuki Hori 10-1

Third G1 Saudi Cup, beaten a length and a quarter by Panthalassa; inconsistent sort and was previously considered best at a mile, but was keeping on well at Riyadh so possibility that the extra furlong will be within his grasp.

Ushba Tesoro Noboru Takagi 10-1

Late bloomer who has won five of his six starts since switching from turf; beat T O Keynes by a half-length in local G1 (Listed class) at Kawasaki over mile and five-sixteenths; steps into the big league now but there may be more to come.

Vela Azul Kunihiko Watanabe 10-1

Top-class on the lawn, winner of G1 Japan Cup in Tokyo; stays a mile and a half well and doubts about whether cutting back will suit; back on dirt now and needs to rebound from very poor effort in Nakayama G1 at Christmas.

Geoglyph Tetsuya Kimura 12-1

Fourth G1 Saudi Cup, beaten a length and a half by Panthalassa after chasing the pace and fading close home; that was first start on dirt and could improve for experience; zero-for-four in G1s last four starts and may need an easier spot.

T O Keynes Deisuke Takayanagi 12-1

Runner-up to Ushba Tesoro in local G1 (Listed class) at Kawasaki when stalked the pace but lacked kick close home; still some way off fine form of 2021 but did win a stakes in November; place claims at best.

Home Brew Michael Costa 15-1

Three-time stakes-winner in the US, now trained in Dubai; absent since winning over a mile and three-sixteenths at Churchill Downs in September; takes huge class hike and lack of a recent run is a concern, so would be a surprise winner.

Jun Light Bolt Yasuo Tomomichi 15-1

Seventh G1 Saudi Cup when well-fancied; had been on a roll at home after switching to dirt, winning three straight including G1 Champions Cup at Chukyo; stretches out to ten furlongs for first time since two-year-old days (zero-for-two).

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