DUBAI: No horse has ever won the world’s richest horse race, the Group 1 US$10m Dubai World Cup, sponsored by Emirates Airline, twice but Godolphin’s Monterosso will attempt to remedy that fact when facing 12 rivals in the 2000m Tapeta feature on Saturday.
That statistic may sound alarming but, to clarify, only 1998 winner Silver Charm has actually attempted the feat, when running sixth the year after his victory.
Trained by Mahmood Al Zarooni, Monterosso and jockey Mickael Barzalona stormed home last year to deny stable companion, Capponi who is also in opposition again. Interestingly, three of the last four Dubai World Cup winners, Monterosso, Gloria De Campeao and Well Armed, were placed in the race the year before their big race victory. That statistic also bodes well for last year’s third, Planteur.
Zarooni said: “I am very happy that I won the Dubai World Cup last year with Monterosso and also had the second in Capponi.
“It will actually be my ‘winner’ this year for both horses to run in the race again — it is always difficult to keep horses at their very peak. Monterosso has come on for his first run and is in good form and doing OK but there is wear and tear. His training programme has not been totally smooth.
Last year he finished fourth on his prep run and then won the big race, improving by seven or eight lengths.