Looking Ahead to 2017’s Dubai World Cup Racebook Action
Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
One of the biggest online horse betting events of the year is rapidly approaching racebook fans. The Dubai World Cup featuring a $30 million purse will be held on Saturday, March 25th at the Meydan Racecourse. Longtime punters have been tuning in for this annual Thoroughbred horse race since 1996 and 2017’s rendition promises to add another thrilling chapter to the storied history of the Dubai World Cup. This year’s festivities will include nine high-class races in addition to the Dubai World Cup Ceremony, as well as a music concert.
The Dubai World Cup, the last race of Dubai World Cup night, was inaugurated in 1996 by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister and Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai who is also the owner of Darley Stud & Godolphin. Traditionally held on the final Saturday of March, the Dubai World Cup was the richest horse race in the world until it was usurped by the Pegasus World Cup this year. Nevertheless, those who bet on horse races will still be looking to get in on the lucrative action the Dubai World Cup provides.
Ahead of this year’s Dubai World Cup, one steed is coming in as the supreme online horse betting favorite. Arrogate, who is currently rated as the best horse on the planet due to his stunning victories in both the Breeders’ Cup Classic and the aforementioned Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes, enters as the heavy favorite. However, this will mark the 1st time that the Bob Baffert-trained four-year old colt is competing outside of his native country (America).
“The horse is in good form,” racing manager of Khalid Abdullah and prominent horse owner, Teddy Grimthorpe stated publically. “He’s not travelled over to Dubai yet. It’s very exciting.”
There’s no doubt that this colt and the entire team will be exuding confidence as they get set to compete in 2017’s Dubai World Cup. Racebooks are also pretty confident in Arrogate’s abilities and have pegged the horse as the favorite in the mile ¼ race that offers a $10 million purse.
Nevertheless, Arrogate will be joined by a strong supporting cast as the American colt gets set to compete later this month. Arrogate will be joined by another Bob Baffert-trained colt, Hoppertunity, who finished third in the 2016 World Cup. Interestingly enough, Baffert actually won two of the first 5 Dubai World Cups, but has failed to bring home the glory again since 2001. Baffert will be hoping that the online horsebetting odds aren’t wrong about Arrogate.
Although most racebooks aren’t ecstatic about Hoppertunity, Gun Runner has received a positive rapport. Most punters consider the colt to be a pretty strong option, behind Arrogate of course. Gun Runner delivered an excellent performance at the Razorback Handicap at Oaklawn Park on February 20th that won the event for the steed. Since then Gun Runner was sent back to his trainer, Steve Asmussen, and has been absent from the spotlight since. Gun Runner’s World Cup status will be clarified in the coming days.