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Likely runners on Dubai World Cup card revealed

Royal Delta will join compatriots Animal Kingdom and Dullahan in the $10 million World Cup (Breeders' Cup Ltd.)
Monterosso could face 12 rivals, nine of which are Group 1 winners, when he attempts to become the first horse in history to defend his crown in the Group 1, $10 million Dubai World Cup at Meydan on March 30.

The star-studded line-up is expected to include a trio of Americans -- dual Breeders' Cup winner Royal Delta; 2011 Kentucky Derby winner, Animal Kingdom; and Grade 1 Pacific Classic victor Dullahan; Group 1 Hong Kong Vase winner Red Cadeaux from England; and a strong U.A.E. team headed by recent Group 1 Maktoum Challenge Round 3 winner Hunter's Light.

African Story, the 2012 Group 2 Godolphin Mile and 2013 Group 3 Burj Nahaar winner, is also set to step up in trip for the 18th running of the about 1 1/4-mile Dubai World Cup.

The fields for the other nine races on the $27.25 million card have also come into focus. There are 41 individual Group 1 winners included among the likely fields.

In the Group 1 Dubai Sheema Classic on turf, Gentildonna, the champion three-year-old filly and Japanese Horse of the Year in 2012, is projected to take on Dunaden, winner of the 2011 Group 1 Melbourne Cup and Hong Kong Vase and the 2012 Group 1 Caulfield Cup winner. Group 1 stars St Nicholas Abbey, Shareta, Trailblazer and Girolamo are also among the field.

In the Group 1 Dubai Duty Free, Breeders' Cup Turf star Little Mike will switch back to the grass after a Tapeta trial on Super Saturday. New Zealand's champion, the 2012 Group 1 Cox Plate winner Ocean Park, will also start as well as Group 1 winners Giofra, Igugu, Sajjhaa and Wigmore Hall. Dubai World Cup Carnival star, Trade Storm, who won the Group 2 Zabeel Mile will also run, alongside Group 1 Beverly D. winner and stablemate, I'm a Dreamer.

The Group 1 Dubai Golden Shaheen has attracted defending champion Krypton Factor as well as Australian sprint star Mental, winner of his Group 3 Al Shindagha Sprint prep race at Meydan on February 14. Representing the third leg of the Global Sprint Challenge, the Dubai Golden Shaheen will also be contested by Gordon Lord Byron, Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Trinniberg and Emcee as well as Dubai World Cup Carnival victor Kavanagh.

"There wouldn't be many race meetings this year that contain 41 individual Group 1 winners on the same program, which merely emphasizes the quality of horse that the Dubai World Cup meeting attracts from around the world," said Martin Talty, international manager for the Dubai Racing Club. "There are 13 countries represented with runners including champions from the U.S.A., Japan and New Zealand."

"It is also pleasing to see that a number of horses that have performed well throughout the Dubai World Cup Carnival -- Trade Storm, Kavanagh and Reynaldothewizard -- have all progressed from a strong season to a run on Dubai World Cup day."

The likely fields for all the nine races on Dubai World Cup day can be found here.

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