CHARLIE APPLEBY is planning a multi million pound raid at the richest raceday in the world. The 25th Dubai World Cup meeting on March 28 is going ahead, albeit behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the Newmarket handler is eyeing up plenty of riches.
More than $35million are up for grabs at the nine-race extravaganza.
Among his runners will be Melbourne Cup hero Cross Counter, Ghaiyyath and Barney Roy.
The latter is the mist interesting and victory in the £6m Dubai Turf. After abortive career at stud, Barney Roy, who won the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2017, has made a successful return to the racecourse.
Success in the Group Two Al Rashidiya and Jebel Hatta showed that he has retained plenty f his old ability. Stablemate Magic Lily will join him in the race.
Following the Dubai Turf is the $6 million Dubai Sheema Classic, where Appleby saddles Ghaiyyath, the winner of six of nine races, latterly the Dubai Millennium Stakes in February by eight lengths.
Earlier in the $1.5 million Dubai Gold Cup, Appleby is double handed with Cross Counter and Ispolini, who won the German St Leger.
Godolphin’s retained riders William Buick and James Doyle will partner the pair.
As for the big race itself, the Dubai World Cup, Appleby has no contender but Saeed bin Suroor holds the ace in the pack with Benbatl. The trainer has won the $20million race a record nine times and Benbatl is the ante-post favourite in the market. You can visit bettingmetrics.com for all the latest odds on the Dubai World Cup meeting.
The six-year-old, who has won several Group One races on turf, switched to dirt successfully and came an excellent third to Maximum Security in the Saudi Cup, the world’s richest race.