Dubai-bound trio up against familiar foes
Some familiar foes will stand in the way of Hong Kong's three Dubai World Cup night visitors and success at Meydan.
Good Ba Ba, One World and Joy And Fun leave this week to run at the Dubai showpiece in 11 days and their connections will take some encouragement from the fields.
The Luca Cumani-trained Presvis looks the nominal favourite for Good Ba Ba's assignment in the 14-runner, US$5 million Dubai Duty Free (1,800 metres) following his brilliant win at the course on Super Thursday.
Presvis looked back to his best when he came through the field to easily overhaul an in-form Alexandros in the Jebel Hatta, with the runner-up coming off a very easy win of his own earlier in the Dubai carnival.
Alexandros, also a Duty Free runner, gave a guide to the form with the Godolphin galloper having run three lengths astern of Good Ba Ba in the Hong Kong Mile last December.
Breeders' Cup Mile runner-up Courageous Cat is also expected to take his place and was a pre-race winner in lesser grade at Gulfstream Park, Florida, in February when he resumed his new campaign.
In the US$2 million Golden Shaheen (1,200 metres) on the all-weather Tapeta surface, One World looks one of the stronger chances in the 10-horse field, with major opposition likely to come from Singapore's Rocket Man, Godolphin's Gayego and David Hayes' top Australian sprinter, Eagle Falls.
Rocket Man recently made a successful return from the injury which kept him off the scene since his close second to Sacred Kingdom in the KrisFlyer Sprint 10 months ago, while Eagle Falls' latest outing brought a close second in Australia's top 1,200-metre Group One handicap, the Newmarket Handicap.
Joy And Fun will have 13 rivals in the US$1 million Alquoz Sprint (1,200 metres) on the turf and they will include proven high-grade players in Australia's All Silent, Britain's War Artist and America's California Flag, who both ran brave races in the Hong Kong Sprint in December.