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DubaiRaceNight.com early lines for Dubai World Cup meeting; Gio Ponti favored over Red Desire

Below you will find the early morning lines for the four group one races at Meydan on Saturday, March 27: the $10,000,000 Dubai World Cup (G1), $5,000,000 Dubai Sheema Classic (G1), $5,000,000 Dubai Duty Free (G1), and $2,000,000 Dubai Golden Shaheen (G1) as provided by Pat Cummings from DubaiRaceNight.com.  The horses listed were announced as the potential starters in each of the races by the Dubai Racing Club.

Gio Ponti has been assigned odds of 7-2 off of his second in the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1), suffering a narrow defeat at the hands of Zenyatta.  Red Desire, the progressing Japanese filly was incredibly impressive when winning the Maktoum Challenge – R3 (G2) at Meydan on Super Thursday and the connections are bullish in this spot.  Not far behind are Singapore International Cup (G1) winner Gloria De Campeao, local two-time winner Allybar, and the improving Crowded House.  Team Valor’s Gitano Hernando, well-backed in European lines, comes next.  These lines favor horses that have recency in their form given the edge to those runners in recent years on World Cup night. 

Gio Ponti 3.5   Presvis 2.5
Red Desire 5   Alexandros 3.5
Gloria De Campeao 7   Bankable 5
Allybar 8   Good Ba Ba 7
Crowded House 8   Imbongi 10
Gitano Hernando 10   Courageous Cat 15
Richard’s Kid 12   Deem 20
Lizard’s Desire 12   Confront 25
Twice Over 20   Ibn Battuta 25
Vision D’Etat 20   Justenuffhumor 25
Take The Points 25   Snaffy 30
Mastery 30   Lahaleeb 50
Furthest Land 35   Al Shemali 60
Mr. Brock 50   The Usual Q.T. 60
Presious Passion 4.5   Gayego 2
Campanologist 5   Rocket Man 3
Buena Vista 5.5   Kinsale King 6
Spanish Moon 6   Benbaun 10
Pan River 10   Eagle Falls 10
Cavalryman 10   Mutheeb 10
Mourilyan 10   One World 12
Youmzain 15   Regal Parade 15
Quijano 20   Force Freeze 20
Dar Re Mi 20   Laurel Guerreiro 35
Amor De Pobre 25      
Golden Sword 30      
Jukebox Jury 35      
Pompeyano 35      
Anmar 50      
Eastern Anthem 50      

Desert Party 3   Musir 2
Cat Junior 4   Mendip 4
Forgotten Voice 5   Raihana 5
Consul General 7   Della Barba 10
Green Coast 12   Vale Of York 10
Lucky Find 12   Frozen Power 10
Skysurfers 12   Champagne Style 15
Calming Influence 20   Siyadaah 20
Kalahari Gold 20   Makaanah 30
Summit Surge 30   Uncle Tom 30
Oiseau De Feu 30   Enak 35
Glorious Noah 45   Timely Jazz 35
Vesuve 45   Oroveso 40
Le Drakkar 45   Mr Crazy Boy 40
War Artist 4      
Joy And Fun 5      
California Flag 6      
Star Crowned 6.5      
Our Giant 8      
Sirocco Breeze 10      
All Silent 12      
Judd Street 15      
Terrific Challenge 20      
Finjaan 20      
Fravashi 25      
Asset 30      
Sir Gerry 40      
Mariol 60      


  1. On synthetic track form, Gitano Hernando is the horse that should have won the 2010 Dubai World Cup. He was on the rail for much of the race. But Allybar managed to get through, coming from post position #1, while Gitano Hernando came out of post position #2. Gitano Hernando came into Dubai having never lost over any synthetic track he had ever raced on. In both the UK and in America. Personally, I think if jockey Kieren Fallon had been more aggressive with Gitano Hernando in the race, he could’ve won it. There were two or three times during the course of the race that Gitano Hernando had the opportunity to split Mastery and Allybar. If Fallon had seized the opportunity to do that earlier in the race, I believe Gitano Hernando would’ve been off to the races. And powered on home past Gloria De Campeao, Lizard’s Desire, and Allybar. TJMO.

  2. The only two American horses that American racing web-sites have mentioned as likely returners to Meydan for the 2011 Dubai World Cup, at least to this point, are Gio Ponti and Richard’s Kid. Gio Ponti ran a really respectable 4th in 2010. But I think Richard’s Kid could be a horse to watch this time around. His form throughout the entire 2010 season, post-Dubai World Cup, has been impeccable. Reeling off win’s in the G1 Pacific Classic at Del-Mar, and the G1 Goodwood Stakes at Hollywood Park. Both win’s on synthetic surfaces. Gitano Hernando will be back in 2011. He also hold’s entries in the 2011 Al Maktoum Challenge Rd.2 and Rd.3 in preparation for his run in the 2011 Dubai World Cup. The fantastic filly from Great Britain, Snow Fairy, has also been mentioned for the race. What a season she’s had, Win’s in the Epsom Oaks, Irish Oaks, Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup in Japan, and the Hong Kong Cup at Sha Tin. She also ran a fantastic 2nd to Midday in the 2010 Yorkshire Oaks, plus a fantastic run over 1-3/4 to finish 4th in the St.Leger against the boys. Another horse from Great Britain that could be one to watch out for in this year’s Dubai World Cup is Wigmore Hall. He, too, has had a fantastic 2010 season. Winning the John Smith’s Cup at York, multiple conditions stakes win’s against class horses, 2nd in the G1 Secretariat Stakes at Arlington, 3rd in the Hampton Court Stakes at Ascot, and a very respectable 5th in the Champion Stakes at Newmarket. These are all class, G1 level horses that will likely be shipping to Meydan for the 2011 Dubai World Cup. Godolphin had a great deal of success with Allybar at the 2010 carnival. I don’t know if he’s returning in 2011 or not? But I truly believe Godolphin’s best shot at a Dubai World Cup win this year would come from Mendip. Who flat out toyed with a class field on opening day of the 2011 carnival. To win the Al Maktoum Challenge Rd.1. Mendip eats up the Tapeta at Meydan like no horse I’ve seen race there since the facility opened last year. I really believe Mendip would be a super tough beat for any of the “big name” G1 winning horses headed to Dubai in 2011. JMO.

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