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Dubai World Cup Draw
Wed, Mar 28th, 2012

Trainers and their representatives have been reacting to the draw for the Group 1 US$10 million Dubai World Cup. Favourite So You Think was drawn four and will have second-favourite Smart Falcon next door in stall five, while Game On Dude, third in the betting at 7-1, was last out of the hat and as a consequence is widest of all in stall 14.Trainers all seemed to be putting a positive spin on their respective positioning. Here are their comments in post order :

Master Of Hounds (Post 1) – Yousuf Al Sayegh, Racing Manager said: "There was only [gates] 1 or 14 left (when our name was pulled) and we preferred to be inside."

Eishen Flash (Post 2) – Hideaki Fujiwara, trainer said: "Actually I wanted to take the middle part of the gate, but those posts were all taken. I decided on the stage between the 2 and 9, and took 2. This horse showed good performance from the inside at home, so it's okay."

Zazou (Post 3) – Werner Heinz, owner said:  "I would have preferred to be more in the middle, but those places were taken. I think number three is very good. I think you're better off inside than outside." Olivier Peslier, jockey for Zazou commented: "I'm very happy with the draw. We're just next to So You Think and I've got Master of Hounds on the other side, so those two should keep me out of trouble."

So You Think (Post 4) – Keith Dalton, representing trainer Aiden O'Brien said: "I was on the phone to Aidan O'Brien and he chose the 4th position, so I guess we're happy."

Smart Falcon (Post 5) – Ken Kozaki, trainer remarked: "It was an ideal draw. It was not too inside. It was what we wanted to draw."
Yutaka Take (jockey) added: "It was good for us to draw earlier and we did not want more inside than post 5, so it was a good draw."

Planteur (Post 6) – Ahmad Al Falasi, owner: "We wanted somewhere between 4 and 7 so I was happy that 6 was available."

Royal Delta (Post 7) – Bill Mott, trainer said:  "It's the middle of the field. She'll get a good look at the field from there and number seven has been our lucky number. We'd love for her to win. The reason we're really here is to see if we can win. I can't predict the outcome but she is doing really well – well enough to win a race like this."

Monterosso (Post 8) – Godolphin's Racing Manager Simon Crisford said: "We talked to all of our jockeys in the race and they felt from stall 8 outward is the place to be. It can get very tight on the inside, especially if the pace is slow. If you miss the kick, you're likely to be in trouble. The pace looks likely to come from Game On Dude in stall 14, which has panned out well for us. Monterosso can sit handy, he finishes his races well."

Silver Pond (Post 9) – Doug Watson trainer said: "The gate is good. He can push on from there and hopefully travel around mid-field. He doesn't have the greatest turn of foot, so the idea will be to be just behind the pace and kick off the turn."

Transcend (Post 10) – The owner Koji Maeda said:  "Number 10 is what I wanted to draw because we can watch the other runners inside of us."

Capponi (Post 11) – Godolphin's Racing Manager Simon Crisford said: "Being on the outside is preferable to being on the rail. Capponi just needs a handy position to be out of trouble and to have a clear run. He likes to start building on it from the home bend and he should have his chance to do that from his draw. The question remains whether he is good enough but (jockey) Ahmed Ajtebi has built up a good rapport with the horse, who fully deserves his chance"

Prince Bishop (Post 12) and Mendip (Post 13) – Trainer Saeed bin Suroor said: "I spoke to Frankie (Dettori) before the draw and he said he would prefer between (stalls) 8 and 12 for Prince Bishop and we've drawn 12, so I'm happy with that.  I wanted him to be relaxed and happy, so I think being out wide is best for him. Mendip would also be best being out wide and I'm happy with his position. He prefers to be handy in his races and he can be from there. We'll probably ride Prince Bishop in behind them.  They've both did their final pieces of work three days ago, and it went well, so we just need luck in the race now."

Game On Dude (Post 14) – Owner Bernie Schiappa said: "Perfect position. Lanni (part owner of Game on Dude who passed away last year) was born on March 14, so 14 is a special number for us. It's perfect. The outside is fine with me. I can't repeat what Bob (trainer Baffert) said on the phone." Jockey Chantal Sutherland concluded: "It's fine. Whatever happens, I'll deal with it. He has a tendency to sometimes break slow and if he was to do that, it could put us in a bit of a predicament on the rail, so on the outside we have more options."

and here are the latest 2012 Dubai World Cup odds :

 

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