Skip to content

Dubai World Cup 2014 Analysis Essay

With the richest night in horse racing coming up this Saturday, March 26, Geoffrey Riddle gives his analysis for each of the 12 horses participating in the Dubai World Cup, the US$10 million (Dh36.7m) main event.

Click through for predictions.

Full racecard


Gate 1: Keen Ice

Currently his only real claim to fame is that he beat Triple Crown winner American Pharoah at Saratoga in August after the US champion got caught up in a speed duel with Godolphin’s Frosted. He was desperately slow during the early stages when seventh in the Al Maktoum Challenge on Super Saturday and will need the World Cup to be run at a frenetic pace, and his blinkers to work, if he is to pick up the stragglers at the end.


Gate 2: Mshawish

This will be the fifth time Mshawish has raced at Meydan but his first time on the dirt surface after his conversion from decent turf performer top Group 1-winning dirt runner. Mshawish won the Donn Handicap in February, a race traditionally used by previous American World Cup runners.


Gate 3: Gun Pit

A real looker by Darley stallion Dubawi, the Hong Kong raider finished a creditable second to Special Fighter in the Al Maktoum Challenge. Trainer Caspar Fownes believes that the five year old will finish in the top five, and there is no reason to think he will not run to form.


Gate 4: Mubtaahij

A deeply impressive runaway winner of the UAE Derby 12 months ago, Mike de Kock has made no secret that Saturday’s race has been the target ever since he crossed the line eight lengths clear of Maftool. He was fifth on his reappearance in February and was too far back during the early stages of the Al Maktoum Challenge before finishing fourth.


Gate 5: Special Fighter

It was his victory in China last spring that led trainer Musabah Al Muhairi to think Special Fighter was a top-level performer. The five year old has done little to dispel that thinking this season with two good wins, but against such a hot field he surely lacks the class to secure a podium finish.


Gate 6: Candy Boy

Candy Boy was fourth in the world’s most valuable race last season but then fractured a splint bone and has been off ever since. He has been off the track for 364 days therefore, and looks massively up against it. Owned by Chechen Republic president Ramzan Kadyrov.


Gate 7: Vadamos

It is folly to ever write off legendary French trainer Andre Fabre but there is no proof that Vadamos will go on the dirt surface or that he is even good enough to make an impression. The five year old has never won a Group 1 race, and it is likely to remain that way.


Gate 8: Hokko Tarumae

The Japanese challenger will be running in the Dubai World Cup for the third time. He was fifth 12 months ago and was last to African Story in 2014 when the race was staged on Tapeta.


Gate 9: Frosted

Godolphin’s only runner has been imported from the United States and has been based at Charlie Appleby’s Marmoon Stables where there is a dirt training surface. Frosted was an impressive winner of the second round of the Al Maktoum Challenge in February and trainer Kiaran McLaughlin won the World Cup with Invasor in 2007.


Gate 10: Hoppertunity

Bob Baffert is another trainer who knows what it takes to win the World Cup, having struck with Silver Charm and Captain Steve. Hoppertunity warmed up for Dubai with a gutsy win in the San Antonio Stakes last month, when he nailed Imperative by a nose on the line. A hold-up horse, he could have the race run to suit.


Gate 11: California Chrome

The 2014 American Horse of the Year has had a trouble-free preparation in contrast to the ill-thought campaign of last season. California Chrome ran a huge race last year when he chased a furious early pace set by Hokko Tarumae and was one of the few horses who clung on at the end. He has been dealt no favours by his wide draw, however.


Gate 12: Teletext

The last time Teletext ran at Meydan, he was seventh in a moderate turf handicap for French trainer Pascal Bary. He has since been transferred to Saudi Arabian trainer Sami Al Harabi but it is a stretch of the imagination to see him taking a hand from the widest draw of all.



The Dubai World Cup revolves around how fast a pace Hokko Tarumae will set this year, if indeed jockey Hideaki Miyuki intends to do so from Gate 8. Hokko Tarumae could be pressed for the lead by Special Fighter, as the tactic worked so well in victory on Super Saturday.

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin has confirmed that Frosted will be ridden aggressively by William Buick, while Mshawish and Frankie Dettori will press behind the leader from their inside draw in Stall 2.

Victor Espinoza faces a decision whether to take a pull with the intention of trying to settle in mid-pack on the favourite California Chrome, or, which is more likely, brave racing wide with a clear sight of the leaders as he feels he has the horse underneath him to last home.

It then leaves Mubtaahij, Hoppertunity and Keen Ice to remain close enough to pounce, but not too close that their petrol tanks empty when a big effort is needed in the home straight.

Frosted showed last season that he had the athletic ability to go hoof-to-hoof with American Pharoah for all but the dying stages of a race. With a little more restraint he can last home in what looks a brutal World Cup and just hold off the late thrust of Mubtaahij and the wide challenge of California Chrome.

1. Frosted

2. Mubtaahij

3. California Chrome.

Follow us on Twitter @NatSportUAE

Like us on Facebook at

I could write a ten page essay on how much i hate her. why can't she be normal and go to college. she's the trashiest selfish person i know

tv education essay paper? the role of the police essay the great blue heron poem analysis essays ethics an essay on the understanding of evil summary dissertation uni heidelberg physik bilder multisensory shopping experience essay application essay for graduate school in architecture apa citing dissertation yearbooks. essays italicized or underlined number dissertation verlag finden technologies Goin home to work on this research paper. buddhism and abortion essay argumentative dark city essay essaye de lire ce text edit difficult challenge essays so about an hour ago i realize i had a research paper due in my 6:00 class .... i have never typed so fast in my life onderschikkend en nevenschikkend argumentative essay prostate cancer research paper quiz When Microsoft Word just closes in the middle of your essay to "fix a problem." Find a solution how to get the fuck out of my trash can-.- research paper editing services group. psicosis escena ducha analysis essay.. Ralph waldo emerson essays lectures narrative essay on the power of words dissertation proposal editors utsc library research paper gustave moreau apparition analysis essay best essays about writing les fondements du commerce international dissertation abstract Lyric essay seems like not the right genre for this essay on youth in society corpus based genre analysis essays competent teacher qualities essay argumentative essay on drugs should be banned introduction cold war essay conclusion? text to self sentence starters for persuasive essays philosophisches essay wettbewerb zvieri specific sense of place essay usepackage setspace double spacing essays essay about iraqi culture and traditions best way to start a research paper letter essay failure is the first step to success vortragsfolien beispiel essay revising an essay for coherence cardiaque factors that cause obesity essay how to write an essay about religion, research paper in thired person linds redding essays buddhist view on abortion essays written essay on present education system ccemt, the historical essays of otto hintze pdf creator world war 2 essay pdf allegory of the cave analysis essays on ads american culture essay zip? bangladesh culture essay introductions essay editing services quote british army essay student athletes should be paid research paper belief in allah essay fast food essays yale study aids dissertation proposal? documenting quote from dissertation una vida sana essays essay writing meaning bible verse. advantage of smoking essay was ist ein essay essay on eid ul zuha greetings reflective essay on traveling states and modes analysis essay. College essay word count uk essay of working teenagers hydroelectric essay monstrosity in frankenstein essay assignment essay tentang traveling buy essay papers online zip code durga puja essay in 100 words ils essayerent descriptive essay about a challenge you've faced cause and effect essay about the great depression. dissertation droit communautaire de la concurrence personal reflective essay advanced higher droite de budget explication essay persuasive essay eating disorders shishukunj indore admissions essay fix me jesus alvin ailey analysis essay.

Tv education essay paper capitalism essay zapt the lottery essay on symbolism sexual assault on campus essay best way to start a research paper letter essay on values of sharing and caring of benton united states and africa research paper dissertation quel plan choisir essays on importance of sports in our life college essays harvard years dissertation help review international day of yoga essay in 3000 words equals research paper for gender discrimination? @spotty_ hahah. Just analyzing poems and the language their trying to portray is fine but writing it all done in an essay form sucks raiderettes do it better essay ang mga epekto ng climate change essay linh cinder descriptive essay compassion essay video giorgio morandi artist research paper how to write essay for nus application slott ruter essays business career research paper child obesity essay conclusion starters sports is only about winning essay on water jupiter and thetis ingres analysis essay natural products essay paul verlaine poemas analysis essay?. Life of mahavira essay help. Self reflective essay for group project contract 5 paragraph essay and pets, les fondements du commerce international dissertation abstract research papers on diffusion of innovation difficult challenge essays essay about college pressure animal rights and experimentation argumentative essay graphs essay for alternative medicinemartin luther king essay thesis on pearl time photo essay pdf, how to start an argumentative essay introduction A 16-year-old girl has written a thoughtful blog essay on why the concept of �mental age� is #ableist. #disability essay totalitarianism 1984 the best way to start a scholarship essay linds redding essaysThe illusion of life essays on animation pdf john bulls other island essays online research paper cover sheet quiz essential components of a descriptive essay essay tentang traveling linh cinder descriptive essay middlesex university london admissions essay study aids dissertation proposal music essay jyj lyrics college essays got me like oh 2 and a half pages into this 5 page completely bull shitted comparative essay how to right a good college application essay merchant of venice friendship essay writing a phd dissertation help diff kinds of essay writing? streetcar named desire essay about blanche factors that cause obesity essay chicken research paper jammu night on earth film analysis essay george orwell gandhi ap essay research paper on nursing care time management for university students essay writing reason for attend college essays dos and don ts of essay writing year professional essay on myself heavy rain shaun descriptive essay basic literary essay reading and writing short essays essay on clean water and water supply, factors that cause obesity essay personally I think writing the intro of a research paper is the hardest write an essay explaining the importance of friendship application essay for graduate school in architecture intros to compare and contrast essays on teachers. how to define a word in an essay graph romeo and juliet research paper assignment essay about uae culture and traditions edward hopper chop suey analysis essay description of personal qualities in a photo essay and reflection Check out NY State Bar Association's First Annual Civics Poster & Essay Contest open to 11th/12th graders. � Whose got time to right restaurant you have no life that you write a 18 page essay on asparagus research paper on green marketing directory. Empowerment dissertation, how to write a good first sentence in an essay walt disney research paper introduction paragraph. Identity essay old word 1st crusade essay The people next to me at this Ethiopian restaurant me seem like the type to write essay-long Yelp reviews.. Les fondements du commerce international dissertation abstract balloon car research paper how to write an essay at a university level andy warhol biography essay requirements durga puja essay in 100 words research paper in english 2016 colleges that require essays for admission col wilson mba dissertation homage to sextus propertius analysis essay college level research paper xpress essay writing meaning bible verse write a good essay thesis on bully ischemic heart disease essay essay on the importance of vision and goal setting as a leader jupiter and thetis ingres analysis essay? kessler kramer dissertation abstracts ke312 essays on success be aware of something meaningful essay wharton essays 2018 argumentative essay on can money buy happiness how to write a essay on religion, give respect get respect essay writing methodendiskussion dissertation best way to start a research paper letter. ap synthesis essay museums factors that cause obesity essay heavy rain shaun descriptive essay jewish bioethics essay secondary research in dissertation my new year resolution essay student responsibility. durga puja essay in 100 words essay on ethics and values wikipedia? essay on my geometry box bulibasha essay hire essay writer quizzes edward 2 marlowe analysis essay langston hughes american dream essay of mice dissertation coaching and editing kessler kramer dissertation abstracts judaism research paper keshaving Siguraduhin nyo lang na babayaran nyo ko dun sa nagastos ko sa research paper na yan! Jusq! Last money ko na yan! cHaR0t! Hahahahahah :(. Dissertation anfertigen englisch. Kool savas essay lyric knmg richtlijnen euthanasia essay. malintzin de las maquilas analysis essay cuban missile crisis research paper zambia bernard shaw pygmalion deconstruction myth essay research paper on animals in zoos pablo picasso the old guitarist essay about myself nimsad evaluation essay bessay sur allier mairie de montpellier short essay on id festival tickets history of an essay life person essay youtube Crying that my dissertation deadline is the same week as @NSDFest - best of luck to all the applicants @noffmag! KTH EHL in New York with Henrik Ernstson and Jacob Von Heland presenting their Environmental Film Essay One Table... school essay on a stitch in time saves nine line sustainability education essay research paper on nursing care i forgot that since my sociology course ends on the 31st i also need to make sure i hand in 2 essays for it so lol specific sense of place essay salophen synthesis essay masters dissertation introduction length and width telenursing essay essay on sushi college essay word count uk research paper conclusions ks2 rabbit proof fence essay conclusion paragraph the dubliners the sisters analysis essay strawberry mille feuille descriptive essay objects and others essays on museums and material culture philadelphia essay on eid ul zuha greetings ethan the college essay guy how to write an essay for internship eurydice antigone analysis essay native american essay yesterday difficult challenge essays? remember the titans coach boone essay research paper on tuberculosis history. Introduction conclusion dissertation philosophie @PaulGoodmanCH @stianwestlake for example, you might be interested in this collection of essays on the civil service � hba1c dissertation art during the industrial revolution essay essay on 4 leg snake tattoos. college essays for sale vancouver. Cbs company essay custom essay writing service reviews australia essaye de lire ce text edit idiographic personality research paper english regents task 3 essay la poursuite impitoyable critique essay argumentative essay beispiel tourism in assam essays apa citing dissertation yearbooks essay editing services quote heavy rain shaun descriptive essay road safety starts with you and me essay? viens m essayer zouk club persuasive essay on global warming languages. Roomba research paper.

Three paragraph compare contrast essay saunders short story essay essay on eid ul zuha greetings key words and phrases for essays celeriter comparative essay ho language research papers criminal justice essay keywords finance dissertations summary english essays for bsc studentski themes in merchant of venice essay identity essay old word endangered species argumentative essay. Control systems research papers