There were few surprises in the draw. MARITIMER, Canada’s juvenile champion, did draw in to the main body of the UAE Derby field after Boby Di Job was not entered. Defending Dubai Golden Shaheen champion Rocket Man drew the rail in his attempt to become the first repeat winner of the race since Caller One did it in 2001 and 2002. GIANT RYAN and THE FACTOR, both likely speed in the race, go from posts three and seven, respectively. Likely Dubai Duty Free favourite AMBITIOUS DRAGON drew well in post four for the 1,800-metre event.
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