Dubai World Cup tips and runner-by-runner guide to Meydan 4.35 on Saturday

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Country Grammer will face 14 rivals as he bids for back-to-back victories in the Dubai World Cup.

Frankie Dettori’s mount heads to Meydan off the back of a defeat to the reopposing Panthalassa in the world’s richest race, the Saudi Cup, last month.

Algiers is the only British-trained runner in Saturday’s 16:35 but Simon & Ed Crisford’s gelding brings course-and-distance form to the table after a successful winter campaign in Dubai.

Dubai World Cup odds can be found on the Paddy Power website, Paddy Power app or via our snazzy betting widgets, otherwise Timeform’s horse-by-horse guide to the runners and betting tips from the racing boffins are below.

Dubai World Cup tips

Timeform: COUNTRY GRAMMER just ran out of distance when a strong-finishing second to Panthalassa in the Saudi Cup 4 weeks ago and Bob Baffert’s charge is taken to reverse the placing over this extra 1f and follow up last year’s win. Algiers was most impressive when winning Round 1 and Round 2 of the Al Maktoum Challenge here in recent months so rates a huge threat.

Dubai World Cup runners

Algiers

Trainer: Simon & Ed Crisford Jockey: James Doyle Age: 6 Weight: 9st 0lbs Draw: 13

Very smart gelding. Two wins from 6 runs last year. 8/13, career best when winning 9-runner Maktoum Challenge Round 2 at this course (9.4f) 50 days ago by 6 lengths from Bendoog. On a roll and big shout.

****

Bendoog

Trainer: B. Seemar Jockey: Christophe Soumillon Age: 4 Weight: 9st 0lbs Draw: 7

Smart colt. Course winner. Two wins from 6 runs last year. 11/10, good 2 lengths second of 14 to Salute The Soldier in Maktoum Challenge Round 3 at this C&D 21 days ago. Very hard to make a case for.

**

Cafe Pharoah

Trainer: Noriyuki Hori Jockey: Joao Moreira Age: 6 Weight: 9st 0lbs Draw: 10

Very smart horse. Tongue strap on for 1st time cheekpieces on for 1st time, creditable 1¼ lengths third of 13 to Panthalassa in Saudi Cup at King Abdulaziz (9f, 16/1) 28 days ago.

***

Country Grammer

Trainer: Bob Baffert Jockey: Frankie Dettori Age: 6 Weight: 9st 0lbs Draw: 14

High-class horse. Two wins from 6 runs last year. 25/10, creditable ¾-length second of 13 to Panthalassa in Saudi Cup at King Abdulaziz (9f) 28 days ago, staying on well. Won this last year and should make another bold bid.

*****

Crown Pride

Trainer: Koichi Shintani Jockey: Damian Lane Age: 4 Weight: 9st 0lbs Draw: 12

Very smart colt. Course winner. 14/1, good 2¼ lengths fifth of 13 to Panthalassa in Saudi Cup at King Abdulaziz (9f) 28 days ago.

***

Emblem Road

Trainer: Ahmed Abdulwahed Jockey: Adel Al Furaydi Age: 5 Weight: 9st 0lbs Draw: 2

Very smart horse. Beat Country Grammer when winning Saudi Cup last year but just respectable 4 lengths sixth of 13 to Panthalassa in this year’s renewal. First run for yard after leaving Mitab Almulawah.

**

Geoglyph

Trainer: Tetsuya Kimura Jockey: Christophe Lemaire Age: 4 Weight: 9st 0lbs Draw: 9

Very smart colt. Good 1¼ lengths fourth of 13 to Panthalassa in Saudi Cup at King Abdulaziz (9f, 25/1) 28 days ago.

***

Jun Light Bolt

Trainer: Yasuo Tomomichi Jockey: Ryan Moore Age: 6 Weight: 9st 0lbs Draw: 3

Smart horse. Three wins from 4 runs last year. Hooded for 1st time, respectable 7¼ lengths seventh of 13 to Panthalassa in Saudi Cup at King Abdulaziz (9f, 55/10) 28 days ago.

**

Panthalassa

Trainer: Yoshito Yahagi Jockey: Yutaka Yoshida Age: 6 Weight: 9st 0lbs Draw: 15

High-class horse. Two wins from 6 runs last year. Career best when winning 13-runner Saudi Cup at King Abdulaziz (9f, 16/1) 28 days ago by ¾ length from Country Grammer. Very dangerous is allowed to dominate again.

****

Remorse

Trainer: B. Seemar Jockey: Tadhg O’Shea Age: 6 Weight: 9st 0lbs Draw: 1

Smart gelding. C&D winner. Latest win here in December. 66/1, 7¾ lengths ninth of 13 to Panthalassa in Saudi Cup at King Abdulaziz (9f) 28 days ago.

**

Salute The Soldier

Trainer: Fawzi Abdulla Nass Jockey: Adrie de Vries Age: 8 Weight: 9st 0lbs Draw: 4

Smart gelding. 3-time C&D winner. Ten wins from 28 Flat runs. Won 14-runner Maktoum Challenge Round 3 (3/1) at this C&D 21 days ago by 2 lengths from Bendoog, responding well.

**

Super Corinto

Trainer: Amador Merei Sanchez Jockey: Hector Berrios Age: 5 Weight: 9st 0lbs Draw: 11

Smart horse. Two wins from 5 runs last year. 8/10, didn’t need to improve to win 6-runner claimer at Gulfstream (8.5f). Off 107 days.

*

T O Keynes

Trainer: Daisuke Takayanagi Jockey: Oisin Murphy Age: 6 Weight: 9st 0lbs Draw: 6

Smart horse. Two wins from 5 runs last year. Latest win at Morioka in November. Creditable ½-length second of 10 to Ushba Tesoro in listed race at Kawasaki (10.4f) 52 days ago.

**

Ushba Tesoro

Trainer: Noboru Takagi Jockey: Yuga Kawada Age: 6 Weight: 9st 0lbs Draw: 8

Very smart horse. Four wins from 7 runs last year. Didn’t need to improve to win 10-runner listed race at Kawasaki (10.4f) 52 days ago by ½ length from T O Keynes.

***

Vela Azul

Trainer: Kunihiko Watanabe Jockey: Cristian Demuro Age: 6 Weight: 9st 0lbs Draw: 5

High-class horse. Four wins from 8 runs last year. Latest win at Tokyo in November. 9/1, 10¼ lengths tenth of 16 to Equinox in Arima Kinen at Nakayama (12.4f, good to firm) 90 days ago. Down in trip.

***

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