South Africa’s Mike de Kock saddles three runners at the Dubai World Cup meeting at Meydan on Saturday – all at long odds.
The former national champion’s brightest chance seems to be with 2017 Durban July champion Marinaresco, who runs in the Dubai Gold Cup and is quoted at 16-1. Cross Counter tops the board at 18-10, with Ispolini at 2-1.
De Kock’s other candidates are Yulong Prince (formerly Surcharge) and Majestic Mambo in the Dubai Turf.
They are the rank outsiders at 25-1 and 33-1 respectively.
The favourite in that race is Almond Eye at 11-10.
Thunder Snow is the bookmakers’ 3-1 favourite to defend his Dubai World Cup title.
In 2018 Godolphin’s Irish-bred son of Helmet scooted to a 5.75 victory in the US$12-million race for trainer Saeed bin Suroor and jockey Christophe Soumillon. Thunder Snow started at 8-1 that day, but made 5-4 favourite West Coast, trained by Bob Baffert, look ordinary in second place.
The 4-1 second favourite was North America, who suffered injury and finished tailed off in the 2000m showdown. However, the Dubai-based son of Dubawi bounced back impressively after 10 months of recovery and reeled off two high-profile wins on this track in preparation for this year’s race – and a price of 33-10 does not look overly short.
Capezzano, an impressive conqueror of Thunder Snow in recent weeks at Meydan, is third favourite at 11-2.
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