Post positions were drawn Wednesday morning for Saturday’s $10 million Dubai World Cup. Following are reactions from the draw.
Treasure Beach (Mike de Kock/Christophe Soumillon) Gate 1
Alex Cole, Racing Manager to part owner, Fitri Hay said: “We didn’t want a double-figure draw so that 9 stall 1 was the only choice really. It’s not too bad he’s got enough speed to cope with it.
Red Cadeaux (Ed Dunlop/Gerald Mosse) Gate 2
Ed Dunlop: “I didn’t have many options left when I went up so I went for 2 as I thought it would be better on the inside than way out wide – I’m not too worried though as I’ve got a world class jockey in charge of the whole show.”
Dullahan (Dale Romans/Gary Stevens) Gate 3
Dale Romans: “Post 3 is alright – it’s a good spot we’d rather not be outside. He’ll probably settle and come running. Gary Stevens and I will study the race and come up with a strategy.”
Hunter’s Light (Saeed Bin Suroor/Silvestre de Sousa) Gate 4
(See quotes below from Simon Crisford)
Capponi (Mahmoud Al Zarooni/Ahmed Ajtebi) Gate 5
(see quotes below)
Side Glance (Andrew Balding/Jamie Spencer) Gate 6
Anna-Lisa Balding: “It’s a tight track and we didn’t want to be caught out wide or up against the rail as he can be keen. Hopefully from stall 6 we can settle him in fourth or fifth in the early part of the race.”
Planteur (Marco Botti/Ryan Moore) Gate 7
Lucie Botti, wife of Marco Botti: “It’s a big relief to be able to choose early so we are delighted. The first part was lucky and now we hope that luck continues into the race itself.”
Royal Delta (William Mott/Mike Smith) Gate 8
William Mott: “I just decided to take one outside of seven, last year we were seven. The filly did well coming into the race last year but we didn’t have the easiest of trips, so we decided to come back right then and there. She is bigger and stronger this year.”
Meandre (Andre Fabre/Maxime Guyon) Gate 9
Richard Lambert, stable representative: “Mr Fabre’s preference would have been between five and eight but they were taken so I took the number 9 because we wanted to avoid being too close on the rail.”
Monterosso (Mahmoud Al Zarooni/ Mickael Barzalona) Gate 10
Mickael Barzalona, jockey: “He is doing well and we are pleased with him. I am happy with the draw and I hope for success.”
African Story (Saeed Bin Suroor/Kieren Fallon) Gate 11
(See Simon Crisford quotes below)
Animal Kingdon Gate 12 (Graham Motion/Joel Rosario)
Graham Motion: “To tell the truth I was glad one, two and three were already taken, I talked to Ramon Dominguez and he said that we wouldn’t want to see him caught on the inside. Hopefully Joel Rosario will have him in a good spot. Our tactics won’t change and he’s capable of coming from off of it if he has to. After all we won the Derby from post 16.
Simon Crisford, Godolphin Racing Manager
Crisford selected the first draw, Capponi (5) and the last draw, Kassiano (13):
“Kassiano is improving all the time since joining the stable and I don’t think that barrier 13 would stop him from winning. Hunter’s Light has a good draw in four African Story was not so good in 11.
“I would have preferred anything below seven for African Story. The draws for Monterosso (10) and Kassiano (13) are fine. He has improved 16lb over the Dubai World Cup Carnival but I reckon he has to be another 10lb better than what we have seen so far in the Dubai World Cup. I’m not too disappointed with the number 13 draw because he can take his time and finish the race well.
“Cappponi seems pretty well but he has taken time to come to hand he had some issues after the World Cup last year but I hope they are sorted.”