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Dubai World Cup program nominations announced

Mucho Macho Man exits a 14-length romp in his 2014 debut and is under serious consideration for the $10 million Dubai World Cup on March 29 (Adam Coglianese Photography)

The nominations for the $10 million Dubai World Cup represent a unique line-up of international stars that includes the current winners of the Breeders' Cup Classic, the Breeders' Cup Turf and Irish Two Thousand Guineas, the Japan Cup, the Epsom Derby, the Hong Kong Cup, the Durban July victor and a previous Melbourne Cup winner.

Breeders' Cup Classic star Mucho Macho Man, Breeder's Cup Turf winner Magician, Japan Cup Dirt winner Belshazzar, Epsom Derby hero Ruler of the World, Hong Kong Cup victor Akeed Mofeed, Durban July winner Heavy Metak and former Melbourne Cup winner Dunaden are among 341 nominations for the world's richest race.

The 19th renewal of the Meydan showpiece will be held on March 29 and, at the closing of the free nomination stage, has attracted entries from 15 countries.

Secretariat winner Admiral Kitten, owned and bred by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, winning owners of the 2005 Dubai World Cup with Roses in May, has also been nominated alongside Big Blue Kitten.

The 2013 Queen Elizabeth II winner Olympic Glory, trained by Richard Hannon Jr., and John Gosden's Irish Champion winner The Fugue, have also been nominated.

Game On Dude, who finished unplaced in the 2012 Dubai World Cup for trainer Bob Baffert is back for more after experiencing a resurgence to his best form in 2013, with three Grade 1 wins.

Godolphin's 2014 Cape Verdi winner Certify could follow in the footsteps of the Dubai racing operation's Dubai Duty Free heroine Sajjhaa as she holds nominations for the same race, as well as the Dubai World Cup and the Godolphin Mile.

In addition to Epsom Derby winner Ruler of the World and Irish Two Thousand Guineas and Breeders' Cup Turf star Magician, the highly-successful racing operation of Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien has nominated 13 other runners. Kingsbarns, the 2012 Racing Post Trophy winner, dual Group 3-winner Ernest Hemingway and St Leger winner Leading Light are among the group slated to make the trip to Dubai.

As often happens at this early stage, a number of runners hold nomination for multiple races. The Joey Ramsden-trained South African runner Variety Club, a multiple Grade 1 winner on home soil, has been nominated for the Dubai World Cup, Dubai Duty Free, Dubai Sheema Classic and the Godolphin Mile.

Helene Superstar, a horse that may be more familiar to Dubai race fans by his former name, Lines of Battle, the 2013 U.A.E. Derby winner, has been nominated by new trainer Tony Cruz for the Dubai Duty Free, the Dubai World Cup and the Dubai Sheema Classic.

Japan's best racemare, Gentildonna has been nominated for a second shot at the Dubai Sheema Classic after finishing runner-up to the ill-fated St Nicholas Abbey in the 2013 running of the $5 million turf race.

Meanwhile, the David Simcock-trained Trade Storm, the winner of the 2013 Zabeel Mile, and Battle of Marengo, a former Ballydoyle star now trained by reigning U.A.E. champion trainer Ernst Oertel, both hold nominations for the Dubai Duty Free and the Dubai Sheema Classic.

The winners of both the Dubai World Cup day sprints have been nominated for a defense of their 2013 titles, with the Satish Seemar-trained Golden Shaheen hero Reynaldothewizard and Mike de Kock's Shea Shea, the Al Quoz Sprint winner, both holding nominations for both sprint races.

Hong Kong's newest sprint sensation Amber Sky, winner of the recent Centenary Sprint Cup, holds a nomination for the Al Quoz Sprint.

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