International Racing News
Magnificent March Builds To $10m Finale
Mar 8 2012
The World Cup caps a remarkable month of international racing with major events from Hong Kong, South Africa, New Zealand and the great Cheltenham Festival. The world’s richest race has captured international attention from its first running, when the great Cigar claimed the pirze. It’s since been won by champions Singspiel and Dubai Millennium and the great American Curlin took the event at the height of his powers in 2008.
If So You Think can win this year’s renewal, he will confirm his greatness and silence some of the knockers who were somehow disappointed with three Group 1 wins and two seconds during an arduous seven-race preparation that took him from Ireland to England, France and the United States.
The dual Cox Plate winner is ideally suited in Dubai World Cup but early indications are that he will face strong opposition from all around the globe. The list includes Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom, Japanese champions Transcend and Smart Falcon, Singapore Cup winner Gitano Hernando, US star Game On Dude, South African champion Bold Silvano and class French galloper Byword.
On class and overall form, So You Think will be the horse to beat. He is the best performed horse in the race – even allowing for the fact Animal Kingdom was brilliant in last year’s Kentucky Derby – and the 2000m is his ideal distance.
The Dubai World Cup is shaping as a truly great international race this year but it’s no stand-alone event – the undercard features Group 1 races the Duty Free, Sheema Classic, Kahayla Classic, Golden Shaheen – all of which should attract world-class gallopers.