The idiosyncratic cult hero of Hong Kong racing is set to run at Meydan for new trainer Doug Watson.
Godolphin star has been installed as Ladbrokes’ market leader ahead of Tiz The Law as they open betting on the Meydan showpiece.
The Dubai World Cup meeting, the world’s richest raceday with $35m in purses, has been called off owing to the worldwide coronavirus crisis.
Charlie Appleby’s formidable Dubai World Cup squad is headed by Ghiayyath and Barney Roy in the Sheema Classic and Dubai Turf respectively.
Kentucky Derby hopeful Shotski flew to Dubai to shoot for a big-money win in the $2.5 million UAE Derby.
With all racing in Britain suspended owing to the coronavirus crisis, trainer Roger Varian is looking forward to running Defoe in the Dubai Sheema Classic on Saturday week.
Hong Kong’s leading jockey Joao Moreira will miss the Dubai World Cup meeting owing to coronavirus restrictions imposed by the Hong Kong authorities.
Classic-winning stayer Kew Gardens is set to lead a string Aidan O’Brien team at the Dubai World Cup meeting on March 28.