Magician (farside) edges out The Fugue in the Breeders' Cup TurfPICTURE: Jeff Gross/Getty Images
O'Brien big guns in line for World Cup night
AIDAN O'BRIEN is set for a major assault on Dubai World Cup night after Derby winner Ruler Of The World and Breeders' Cup Turf hero Magician featured among his likely contenders for Meydan's showpiece meeting on March 29.
The Dubai World Cup, the richest race on the planet with a prize pot of $10 million, does not feature on O'Brien's cv, but he will bid to change that with Ruler Of The World, whose opposition includes British representatives Hillstar, Mukhadram, The Fugue, Side Glance and Red Cadeaux plus ace Hong Kong horses Akeed Mofeed and Military Attack.
Magician is in line to face brilliant Japanese mare Gentildonna in the Sheema Classic, which O'Brien won with the ill-fated St Nicholas Abbey 12 months ago. Crack older horse Cirrus Des Aigles is also in line for that.
O'Brien has Ernest Hemingway engaged in the Dubai Gold Cup and Giovanni Boldini, Michaelmas, Oklahoma City and Sir John Hawkins in the UAE Derby, a race he has won for the past two years.
The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Dank, winner of the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf, is one of ten remaining in the Dubai Duty Free.