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Side Glance: captured the Mackinnon Stakes last year

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Side Glance in 'great form' for World Cup

CONNECTIONS of Side Glance are optimistic he can improve on last year's fourth in the Dubai World Cup at Meydan next week.

The Andrew Balding-trained gelding, who runs in the colours of Pearl Bloodstock and will be ridden by Jamie Spencer, returned at 33-1 when chasing home Animal Kingdom 12 months ago.

He is again that price to capture the world's richest race, in which he is due to face Derby winner Ruler Of The World and classy mare The Fugue.

Jamie Spencer

Jamie Spencer: rides Side Glance

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Side Glance, who recorded his first Group 1 win in the Mackinnon Stakes at Flemington in November, warmed up for the World Cup by finishing seventh in the third round of the Al Maktoum Challenge this month.

He is being looked after in Dubai by Leanne Masterton, who was crowned Employee of the Year at the Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards last month.

She told the Racing Post: "Side Glance seems in great form. We were really pleased with his run on Super Saturday. He usually needs a prep race after a break just to take a bit of the freshness out of him. 

"The training track here is fantastic for a horse like Side Glance as he can be pretty enthusiastic in his work. It's lovely and quiet which makes it easy to keep him switched off and relaxed."

The son of Passing Glance exercised over seven furlongs on turf on Tuesday morning and Masterton, who has worked for the Balding family for 18 years, added: "He will do a good piece of work on the main Tapeta track on Saturday morning then we'll just keep him ticking over doing steady canters until the big day.

"I'm getting very excited now, it's a hot field in the World Cup, but Side Glance never let's us down. He seems to love the Tapeta surface and with a good draw and a bit of luck I really think he has a place chance."

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