The Dubai World Cup is worth a cool $12 million and there is a strong American charge for Saturday’s race.
Headlining horse racing betting markets is Life is Good, who is looking to hold off the likes of Hot Rod Charlie, Mystic Guide, Midnight Bourbon and Country Grammar.
The international runners are a little light on numbers, but it’s going to be another exciting edition at Meydan.
Let’s check the latest news, stats, injury reports, and Horse racing odds for Dubai World Cup. We’ve plenty of predictions for you to consider.
Inside Barrier for Favorite
Life is Good drew the inside barrier for the Dubai World Cup, which shouldn’t dent his chances of success.
The 4-year-old colt comes off a dominant win in the Pegasus World Cup, so we’re not sure it matters where he draws.
It was his sixth career win from seven starts, with the only defeat coming to Jackie’s Warrior in the Allen Jerkens Memorial.
He’s the standout runner in the field and Elliott Walden, CEO of WinStar Farm, is hoping he can add his name to the list of champion Dubai World Cup winners.
“It’s a great race, with great tradition and a great history and hopefully Life Is Good can add his name to it,” Walden told BloodHorse. “He’s such a special horse. He has shown it every time he’s gone on the racetrack and we hope he’ll do it again Saturday.
“He has such a beautiful way of moving. I think he knows he’s special and it’s just fun and a blessing to be around a horse like that. It’s a great honor to be here and a great honor to be the favorite.”
Horse racing odds have Life is Good at +125, which is worth taking. He is good enough to put a few lengths on this field, so he must be put on top.
Pick: Life is Good +125
Hot Rod Ready to Rev
Hot Rod Charlie has experience running on the Meydan track when winning the Al Maktoum Challenge, which could prove vital.
It’s not an easy track to acclimatize to, so the Doug O’Neill-trained colt could have the advantage over Life is Good.
The son of Oxbow has won only four times throughout his career, but he won the Pennsylvania Derby when beating Midnight Bourbon, so that form checks out.
He also placed behind Medina Spirit in the Kentucky Derby and second in the Belmont Stakes behind Essential Quality.
Currently on the second line of betting online markets at +275 could push forward and take some running down.
“I’d like to see ‘Charlie’ with an easy lead, but I know that’s not happening,” O’Neill said. “But the continuity of Flavien knowing ‘Charlie’ and ‘Charlie’ knowing Flavien helps. I think he’ll break clean and Flavien will be able to decide what to do. It’s good that we don’t have the guesswork of not knowing if a horse and rider will get along.”
Defending Champ Returns
It’s easy to forget about Mystic Guide, who has had only one start since winning the 2021 Dubai World Cup.
The 5-year-old Godolphin runner defeated a quality field last year when beating Chuwa Wizard and Magny Cours, so the form checks out.
He subsequently finished second in the Suburban Handicap behind Max Player, which he hasn’t raced since July.
However, his fresh-up record reads well and he’s one of the better thoroughbreds going around on his day.
The sportsbook has Mystic Guide at +900, which is shorter than the placegetters from a year ago. Chuwa Wizard is paying +1600 after working well throughout the week and Magny Cours is slightly shorter at +1400.
There is no reason why the trio couldn’t get the better of the favorites, so include them in multiples.