As the date for the Dubai World Cup draws near, at the Meydan Racecourse, located in the United Arab Emirates, the expectation is growing to see the new confrontation between the Phantalassa and Country Grammer steeds, specimens that occupied the two first places of the King Abdulaziz Racecourse Saudi Cup.
The Japanese Panthalassa, brand new winner from end to end of the Saudi Cup, heads the list of the 15 horses that aspire to win in the equally famous race, ridden by Yutaka Koshida and trained by Yoshito Yagahi in what would be his second victory consecutive.
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The American Country Grammer, second two consecutive years in the Saudi Cup and winner of last year’s edition of the Dubai World Cup, will seek revenge and his second consecutive victory in the race that will take place on a sand track and a distance of 2,000 meters .
Cafe Pharoah, a son of the triple-crowned American Pharoah, who finished third in the Saudi Cup after third in the race for a long time, performs well in the distances and breath and has to become the surprise.
The Japanese Crown Pride, with a record of three victories in nine appearances, who finished fifth in the Saudi Cup, ranked second in the Nippon TV Hai in Funabashi, the JBC Classic in Morioka and the Champions Cup in the Chukyo, races held in Japan has sounded like one of the potential enemies of the favourites.
Another that has been trading is Emblem Road, winner of the 2022 Saudi Cup.