The likely field for the 2019 Dubai World Cup includes five US-based contenders, four of them coming directly out of the Pegasus World Cup. Pegasus runner-up Seeking the Soul, fifth-place finisher Audible and sixth-place finisher Gunnevera are all expected to start, as is Yoshida, whose last race was the inaugural Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational, where he finished sixth.
Also probable for the Dubai World Cup are Pavel, winner of last year's Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs and Gronkowski, the Belmont Stakes runner-up who campaigned in the U.S. for Chad Brown but who is currently based in the UAE for trainer Salem Bin Ghadayer.
Last year's Dubai World Cup winner, Thunder Snow, returns for a back-to-back bid in the $12 million race.
There won't be a repeat victor in the Group 1 Dubai Golden Shaheen, with last year's winner Mind Your Biscuits retired, but the race still has a strong American presence. Back-to-back Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Roy H is expected in the field, as well as the 2018 Shaheen runner-up X Y Jet and multiple G1 winner Imperial Hint.
Another repeat Breeders' Cup champion, Stormy Liberal, is signed up for the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint, which features two other American-based challengers — Tom Proctor-trained Caribou Club and Belvoir Bay, a Peter Miller stablemate of Stormy Liberal.
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