The latest update on U.S. hopefuls in the Dubai World Cup from the Dubai Racing Club
Animal Kingdom – After watching Team Valor International’s Animal Kingdom eagerly gallop about 2600 metres on the all-weather track, trainer Graham Motion said, “He was on his toes again today. I couldn’t be happier with him.”
Animal Kingdom has proven his ability on dirt, turf and all-weather surfaces in the United States and Motion said his assistant and exercise rider Alice Clapham “has been very pleased with how he handles this track.”
Dullahan – Donegal Racing’s Dullahan galloped about 2400 metres on the all-weather track and visited the starting gate for a schooling session during which he was well mannered. Assistant trainer and exercise rider Tammy Fox said the striking chestnut has been getting stronger in his work this week and is coming into Saturday’s race just the way trainer Dale Romans feels will lead to his best effort.
“I’m very pleased with him. He’s peaking at the right time,” said Fox.
Royal Delta – Two-time American champion Royal Delta galloped about 2200 metres on the all-weather track and then went to the starting gate for a schooling session.
“We’re pleased,” said trainer Bill Mott. “Everything has gone very smoothly with her here.”
Mott said he has discussed race strategy with jockey Mike Smith, and while he declined to share what they are planning, it is widely speculated that Royal Delta will use her speed out of post eight to gain a prominent early position.