The Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint sponsored by Azizi Developments, with $1.5 million up for grabs down the six-furlong chute at Meydan, appears one of the more open races on the Dubai World Cup programme.
As befitting a meeting of such international variety, strands of global form are woven into 15 runners from seven different countries. The home team has five representatives with Al Suhail from Godolphin and Charlie Appleby seemingly chief among them, if the early betting is a reliable guide.
Top pick in overseas markets, however, is the British-trained Al Dasim, winner of his last five starts, three of them at this course and distance since January.
George Boughey’s three-year-old won the prep for this race on Super Saturday, the Group 3 Nad Al Sheba Turf Sprint, convincingly defying a statistical bias against horses drawn in low-numbered stalls down the sprint track.