DUBAI WORLD CUP CARNIVAL
9 January - 29 March 2014
The first international contenders have arrived at Meydan Racecourse ahead of the 2014 Dubai World Cup Carnival, which begins on Thursday January 9, 2014.
There are 26 international Group 1 winners among the acceptances for the three-month-long festival of racing, which concludes with the March 29, 2014 Dubai World Cup and carries combined prize money of more than US$37m.
Newmarket-based Italian handler, Marco Botti, brings an extended string to contest the Dubai World Cup Carnival this year. His runners include last season’s Group 2 Dubai City of Gold winner, Jakkalberry, this year’s Emirates Melbourne Cup fifth, Dandino and recent Group 1 Prix Royal Oak winner, Tac De Boistron. Botti’s string is also strengthened by the new additions of Australian Group 1 winner, Linton who comes to Dubai following his Hong Kong Mile run and four other Brazilian prospects belonging to Dubai World Cup-winning owner, Stefan Friborg’s Estrela Energia.
Six from Andrew Balding’s Park House Stables will make the trip, with Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes victor Side Glance chief among them. Former international footballer, Michael Owen’s Brown Panther also travels to Dubai following his Melbourne Cup run for trainer, Tom Dascombe, while Meydan stalwart, Mike de Kock comes armed with a string bristling with Group 1 winners.
Among the new recruits for South Africa’s four-time champion trainer are the Durban July winner, Heavy Metal, South Africa’s champion three-year-old colt, Vercingetorix, 2012 Champions Cup winner, Master Plan and the champion miler and dual Horse Of The Year, Variety Club.
De Kock, who claimed the Godolphin Mile with Soft Falling Rain last term, has a good record with former Aidan O’Brien-trained horses and two more are added to the ranks this year. Jersey Stakes winner, Gale Force Ten and International Stakes winner, Flying The Flag join the likes of David Livingston and Daddy Long Legs, who already bolster De Kock’s string. His globe-trotting Soft Falling Rain, now rated 122, will be back, as will the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint-winning Shea Shea while The Apache, the 2013 Dubai Duty Free runner-up, also contests the new season.
Extracts from Dubai Racing Club