Arrogate the headline act in Dubai World Cup field

Tuesday, Mar 21 2017

Arrogate tops 14 contenders for Saturday's Dubai World Cup at Meydan.

Bob Baffert's four-year-old arrives for the 10-furlong contest on the back of three successive Grade One victories having landed the Travers Stakes last August before following up in the Breeders' Cup Classic and then taking the inaugural Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream in January.

He is joined by stablemate Hoppertunity, who finished third in the race last year, and Baffert is pleased with what he has seen at Meydan so far.

He said: "They all look well and they all went on the track well - they've handled everything well.

"It's a tough task as you're flying halfway across the world and then you're on the long trip to the track everyday, it can be a bit tough on them but so far they're handling it well."

Gun Runner, Keen Ice and Neolithic also represent America.

Ryan Moore will partner Lani, who is one of four Japanese-trained contenders.

Godolphin field Move Up, while Mike de Kock runs Mubtaahij.

There may be no British interest in the main event, but there are plenty of contenders on the supporting card, headlined by Postpone, who bids to repeat his success of last year in the Longines Dubai Sheema Classic.

Roger Varian's charge is joined by the Aidan O'Brien-trained Highland Reel and Seventh Heaven, with John Gosden sending the Godolphin-owned Jack Hobbs for the 12-furlong heat that has drawn just seven runners.

Rober Charlton's recent Meydan victor Decorated Knight forms part of a strong challenge for the Dubai Turf, with William Haggas' Mutakayyef another of the leading lights.

Richard Fahey runs Ribchester with David O'Meara's globetrotter Mondialiste and Mick Channon's Opal Tiara lining up alongside the Saeed bin Suroor-trained Very Special.

O'Brien runs Cougar Mountain, Deauville and Long Island Sound in a 14-runner event.

The Henry Candy-trained Limato is one of 12 declared for the Al Quoz Sprint along with Paul Midgley's Final Venture, Medicean Man from Jeremy Gask's yard and O'Brien's Washington DC.

Charlie Appleby has both Baccarat and Jungle Cat in the sprint heat while his Fly At Dawn is one of 16 in the UAE Derby.

The Bin Suroor-trained Thunder Snow impressed in his prep and he will be joined by stablemate Top Score in a race that also features Marco Botti's Qatar Man and O'Brien's Lancaster Bomber.

Appleby's Comicas and the Mick Halford-trained Wild Dude feature in the 14 contenders for the Dubai Golden Shaheen, with Hugo Palmer's Gifted Master the only British contender in the Godolphin Mile.

There is a strong British representation in the Dubai Gold Cup with Charlton's Quest For More lining up alongside the Michael Bell-trained Big Orange and Ed Dunlop's Trip To Paris.

Palmer's Wall Of Fire and Sheikhzayedroad, who is trained by David Simcock, give further depth to a 14-strong field that also stars O'Brien's Kingfisher and the Godolphin r