(Photos of the Dubai Cup / Coady Photography)
From the NYRA Media Team:
Live coverage of the Group 1, $12 million Dubai World Cup airs Saturday, March 27 at noon Eastern on FS1. The field for the 25th renewal of the Dubai World Cup is headlined by multiple graded stakes winner Mystic Guide and will include a collection of standout runners from around the world.
Coverage of the Dubai World Cup undercard, featuring six stakes races, will air live from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on FS1. The ‘Golden Hour’ telecast, featuring live coverage of the Group 1 Dubai Sheema Classic and Group 1 Dubai World Cup, will air from noon-1 p.m., Eastern on FS1. Coverage of the Dubai World Cup card on FS1 is presented by Star Guitar
Rishi Persad, Tom Stanley and Angus McNae will be hosting the action from London, while Nick Lightfoot and Bernard Condren will bring viewers all the latest from Meydan Racecourse. The race call will be provided by Craig Evans. Laffit Pincay III will offer stateside updates live from Aqueduct Racetrack.
Scheduled post time for the Dubai World Cup is 12:50 p.m. Eastern and wagering is available in the United States via NYRA Bets.
The Dubai World Cup, to be contested at 10 furlongs at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, will feature a full field of 14 horses.
Godolphin homebred Mystic Guide earned a 108 Beyer Speed Figure last out with a six-length score in the Grade 3 Razorback Handicap on February 27 at Oaklawn Park in his seasonal debut.
The 4-year-old Ghostzapper chestnut, out of the multiple Grade 1-winning A.P. Indy mare Music Note, captured the Grade 2 Jim Dandy last summer at Saratoga Race Course. He completed his campaign with a runner-up effort to Happy Saver in the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park.
Luis Saez will pilot the Michael Stidham trainee from post 6.
Grupo 7C Racing Stable’s Jesus’ Team finished a closing second last out in the Grade 1 Pegasus World Cup Invitational on January 23 at Gulfstream Park. Trained by Jose D’Angelo and to be piloted from post 9 by Joel Rosario, Jesus’ Team finished third in last year’s Grade 1 Preakness at Pimlico Race Course ahead of a runner-up effort in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Keeneland.
Thumbs Up Racing’s Sleepy Eyes Todd, a 5-year-old son of Paddy O’Prado, boasts a record of 18-8-2-0 with purse earnings in excess of $1.8 million. Trained by Miguel Silva, the versatile Sleepy Eyes Todd enjoyed a productive 2020 with wins in the Grade 2 Charles Town Classic at nine furlongs and the Grade 3 Mr. Prospector going seven furlongs at Gulfstream Park.
Sleepy Eyes Todd, fifth last out in the Group 1 Saudi Cup, will exit post 10 under Alexis Moreno.
Charles Fipke homebred Title Ready enters from a rallying score in the Grade 3 Louisiana on January 16 at Fair Grounds Race Course. The Dallas Stewart trainee boasts a record of 25-5-6-4 with purse earnings of $656,680 and will be ridden by Ryan Moore from post 4.
International stars in the Dubai World Cup field include Chuwa Wizard [post 3, Keita Tosaki], who was named Japan’s best dirt horse of 2020, and Salute the Soldier [post 11, Adrie de Vries], who won the Group 1 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 last out at Meydan.
In addition to the Dubai World Cup, the Golden Hour telecast will include live coverage of the Group 1, $5 million Dubai Sheema Classic [12:10 p.m.] featuring multiple Grade 1 winner Channel Maker, the reigning Champion Turf Male trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott.
A loaded 10-horse field for the 12-furlong turf test includes Mishriff [post 10, David Egan], last-out winner of the Group 1 Saudi Cup on dirt.
The Dubai World Cup undercard will air live from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on FS1 and feature six stakes races including the Group 2, $750,000 Godolphin Mile; Group 2, $750,000 Dubai Gold Cup; Group 1, $1 million Al Quoz Sprint; Group 2, $750,000 UAE Derby; Group 1, $1.5 million Dubai Golden Shaheen; and Group 1, $4 million Dubai Turf.