With less than three weeks to go, the $12 million Dubai World Cup field continues to take shape. Fifteen probables have been identified. One of them carries Godolphin's hopes for achieving a dynasty over the race: MYSTIC GUIDE.
If MYSTIC GUIDE wins, he'll give Godolphin their third World Cup in a row, and fifth overall win over the last decade.
MYSTIC GUIDE comes off a smashing win in last month's Razorback Handicap (G3) at Oaklawn Park, which was his comeback race for trainer Michael Stidham. He earned his highest speed figure beating a decent field which included Grade 1-placed OWENDALE.
Major credit should be given to the handling of MYSTIC GUIDE's racing career. His connections have been patient with picking spots for the 4-yr-old colt by GHOSTZAPPER. The decision to hold off on tough races last year looks set to pay dividends this year.
They elected to skip the Breeder's Cup Classic and continue to develop their horse for a strong campaign at age four. Unfortunately they missed the Pegasus World Cup because MYSTIC GUIDE developed a cough and temperature spike, which delayed his training. Well, MYSTIC GUIDE is fresh and recovered, and ready for action. He will be tough to beat on his second start off a layoff in the World Cup. The field of probables are listed below:
SLEEPY EYES TODD
TACITUS will try to rebound off his disappointing seventh place effort in the Saudi Cup for trainer Bill Mott. Also coming from the Saudi Cup is SLEEPY EYES TODD who finished fifth, MILITARY LAW sixth, and CHUWA WIZARD ninth.
TITLE READY is another U.S. hopeful. He comes in off a score in the Louisiana Stakes (G3) for Dallas Stewart. Also, JESUS' TEAM is set to compete, having recently finish second in the Pegasus World Cup to KNICKS GO.
To MYSTIC GUIDE'S advantage, he has already routed before, and it was against Grade 1 company at that. His damsire is A.P. INDY— a genetic source of stamina and endurance. MYSTIC GUIDE should be competitive at every furlong of the World Cup's classic distance.
The $12 million Dubai World Cup is run at one mile and one-quarter over the Meydan-UAE dirt track, for three-year-olds and upward. It is scheduled for March 27th, 2021.
Stay tuned for updates; we'll be watching closely as the probable field continues to develop.