The Dubai World Cup Carnival and World Cup meeting graduates will be out in full force over the next week at Ascot. A field of ten were declared for Tuesday’s opener, the Queen Anne Stakes (G1) over the flat mile, with Toronado the market leader, making his seasonal return. But Dubai graduate Soft Falling Rain makes an absolute load of sense in this spot with firm going expected, and the form franking around him from his strong second in the Godolphin Mile (G2).
Side Glance, fourth in this year’s Dubai World Cup (G1), and most recently fifth in the Singapore Airlines International Cup (G1), is engaged as well. Mull of Killough and Glory Awaits, well beaten behind Variety Club and Soft Falling Rain, were also declared for the race.
The King’s Stand Stakes (G1) over the five furlongs is shaping up a titantic tilt of sprinters. 2013 Al Quoz Sprint (G1) winner Shea Shea, beaten just a nose in the 2013 renewal of this race, is back along with defending champion and Carnival battler Sole Power. Ahtoug has aged well, making five starts in Dubai this season, running second behind Shea Shea in the Meydan Sprint (G3) and just missing the Al Quoz from Hong Kong’s Amber Sky. He also finished just behind Medicean Man over this same trip in a February handicap – that rival also makes his return on Tuesday. Medicean Man was due to run in the KrisFlyer Int’l Sprint (G1) in Singapore but cast a plate at the starting stalls and was withdrawn due to his sensitive hoof issues.
Favoured for the race is 3-year-old Hot Streak, a Qatar Racing colt by Iffraaj trained by Kevin Ryan. He was a 7-1 third in the Palace House Stakes (G3) behind Sole Power before winning the Temple Stakes (G2) at Haydock.
On Wednesday, the Prince of Wales’s Stakes (G1) will have plenty of Dubai relations, all aiming to topple the terrific Treve. Dubai World Cup second Mukhadram, unraced since that affair, is one of a likely field of ten rivals to Treve. Magician, sixth in the Dubai Sheema Classic, and with a win and second since, is among them, as is Dubai World Cup tenth Zambucca.