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California Chrome Starts As Dubai World Cup 2015 Favourite
(28 March 2015)

 

This time California Chrome is the star raider from the USA on everybody’s lips, connections clearly tempted not only by the $10 million purse (and why wouldn’t you be?) but the switch to dirt by Meydan this season.

Admittedly, he cannot boast ‘highest-rated dirt horse in the world’ status as did Cigar when he arrived in Dubai and promptly won the first edition of, now, the world’s richest horse race, but he is certainly in the top half dozen.

Having triumphed in last year’s Kentucky Derby he promptly followed up in the Preakness Stakes and, with the first two legs of the American Triple Crown in the bag, started favourite in the concluding leg, the Belmont Stakes.

However, he failed in his quest to become the first winner of all three legs since Affirmed in 1978, his stamina seemingly failing over the 2400m trip.

Today’s 2000m should be ideal and he looks certain to start a solid favourite with regular pilot Victor Espinoza aboard for 78yo trainer Art Sherman, saddling his first runner in the UAE.

Alan Sherman, assistant trainer to his father, said: “He has taken the trip very well and has been striding out nicely on the surface. To be honest, I personally feel he will handle any track or surface. He has won on turf as well remember.

“He was a good second on his return to action this year, behind a very good horse in Shared Belief. He has improved a lot since then and we are all looking forward to Saturday.”

 

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