By Nicholas Godfrey
UAE: A total of 158 overseas horses representing 63 trainers in 12 countries on five continents feature on the Dubai Racing Club’s list of acceptors released on Thursday [Dec 17] for the 2021 Dubai World Cup Carnival, which starts at Meydan on January 21.
After the loss of the Dubai World Cup card in March owing to Covid-19, an abbreviated Dubai Carnival for 2021 will feature only seven meetings – six consecutive Thursdays before Super Saturday on March 6 – ahead of the World Cup on March 27.
A total of 42 thoroughbred races plus three Purebred Arabian Group contests feature on the Meydan programme.
The biggest teams in numbers terms are headed by Simon Crisford, who has a satellite barn in Dubai, and Bahraini-based carnival regular Fawzi Nass. Both are into double figures; the latter’s teamis headed by Bahrain International winner Simsir and stablemate Port Lions, who scored on the Saudi Cup card in February.
G1 winners Oxted and Lord Glitters are named among the British contingent, which also features Melbourne Cup stalwart Prince Of Arran and St Leger runner-up Berkshire Rocco, plus Certain Lad and Equilateral, who both won races at Meydan at the 2020 carnival.
Midnight Sands, who completed a five-timer last season in Dubai, is back with six-time champion Doug Watson after a stint in America.
South African legend MIke de Kock, not as dominant as he once was, has seven possibles, while two horses are listed from Australia and South American trainers are represented by Antonio Cintra, now representing Uruguay, and Freddy Nossar from Peru.