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Zenyatta: Breeders' Cup Classic winner on Dubai Racing Club's wish list

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Meydan wants Zenyatta for Dubai World Cup

DUBAI will be pulling out all the stops to entice Zenyatta to the first World Cup at the new billion-dollar Meydan racecourse on March 27.

This year's Dubai World Cup will be the richest race in history with a $10 million prize fund - and the Breeders' Cup Classic winner would be a draw to match the attraction of the great Cigar, who put Dubai racing on the map with his victory in the inaugural running at Nad Al Sheba in 1996.

Dubai Racing Club chief executive Frank Gabriel said overtures would soon be made to Zenyatta's connections.

Gabriel said: "It's good news for racing that such a great mare stays in training, and with our aim to secure a line-up of the highest quality for the Dubai World Cup, a horse of the calibre of Zenyatta will be of paramount importance.

"It would be history-making. The inaugural Dubai World Cup at Meydan worth $10m and the chanceto become the first female to win the race. To have a horse with the following of Zenyatta run during the first season of Meydan would be a fitting beginning for the racecourse and, of course, should connections wish for her to have a prep run, there areraces for her."

Gabriel added: "Representatives of Dubai Racing Club will be in contact with the filly's connections and from an international racing viewpoint we hope they agree to run her in Dubai against some of the best horses in the world."

Other horses mentioned with the Dubai World Cup in mind include Japanese superstar Vodka, Hong Kong winners Vision D'Etat and Presvis, and Gitano Hernando, a Grade 1 winner in the States last year for Marco Botti.

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