Trainer Mike de Kock’s three runners for the Dubai World Cup meeting on Saturday have drawn well for their races.
Majestic Mambo will jump from the No 5 gate in the Grade 1 Dubai Turf over 1800m, reports Turf talk.
Yulong Prince (Surcharge) has drawn 10 of 12 in the same race but he is a versatile horse that can race from anywhere in a field and, arguably, the wider draw will help him to stay out of the scrum early.
Marinaresco has drawn the inside gate, No 1, for the Dubai Gold Cup over 3200m.
The Racing Post reports that defending champion and early favourite Thunder Snow has been pushed out to 11-2 (from 4s) for the Dubai World Cup itself after being drawn 12 of 13 for the $12-million contest.
Last year Thunder Snow made all from the outside stall under Christophe Soumillon, who set steady fractions and kept plenty in reserve on a dirt track on which it can be difficult to make up ground.
That tactic may be difficult to pull off from stall 12 of 13 as Capezzano and North America, two well-fancied front-runners, will break from stalls two and three respectively.
Trainer Saeed Bin Suroor admitted he would have chosen a stall towards the middle had Thunder Snow not been pulled out second-last in a lengthy ceremony in which runners were chosen at random and connections then decided their starting berth.
North America, who has been cut to 7-2 favouritism (from 4s) following the draw, was the first runner picked. His rider Richard Mullen said: “We looked at it this morning and thought three or four would have been good. The problem with stall one is you are loaded up first.”
North America blew his chance at the gate last year but Mullen is not expecting a similarly slow break.
He added: “He hasn’t put a foot wrong this year, we’ve schooled him out of the gates at home and I think it was just one of those things. I’m happy with the draw and the horse is in great form.”