Racing: So You Think likely to face maximum field in Dubai World Cup

So You Think is gearing up for the Dubai World Cup. Photo / Thinkstock
So You Think is gearing up for the Dubai World Cup. Photo / Thinkstock

Eight-time group one winner So You Think, pre-post favourite for the Dubai World Cup, looks set to face the maximum of 13 rivals in the world's richest race after the Dubai Racing Club released likely fields for World Cup night on March 31.

The 6-year-old New Zealand-bred entire will be a second World Cup runner for his Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien, who saddled Cape Blanco to finish fourth to Japanese challenger Victoire Pisa last year.

He does not defend his title but compatriot Transcend, second 12 months ago, could run along with fellow raiders Smart Falcon and Eishin Flash, reports the Racing Post.

Godolphin are set to be represented by the Mahmood Al Zarooni-trained pair Capponi and Monterosso and Saeed Bin Suroor's duo Mendip and Prince Bishop for which the maximum field is 14 runners.

Last year's Breeders' Cup Classic runner-up Game On Dude and Royal Delta, winner of the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic, are the two United States-trained runners in the field.

Champion Stakes winner Cirrus Des Aigles and St Nicholas Abbey and Treasure Beach, both trained by O'Brien, are among 15 remaining in the group one Dubai Sheema Classic.

Presvis will attempt to defend his crown in the Dubai Duty Free.

Dubawi Gold, second to Frankel in last year's 2000 Guineas for Richard Hannon, the Roger Charlton-trained Cityscape and Planteur, who will be having his first start for Marco Botti, complete a strong British challenge with Await The Dawn representing O'Brien and Ireland.

- NZ Herald

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