Game On Dude Set For World Cup

Leading American thoroughbred Game On Dude is expected to have another shot at the Dubai World Cup in Dubai in March, despite disappointing there in 2011.

Bob Baffert’s runner will be favourite in the racing betting for the richest race in the world at Meydan on the tapeta surface.

If he is successful, he will follow in the footsteps of Animal Kingdom who won the race for America in 2013 when scoring in comfortable fashion in the feature race of the Festival.

American horses have an excellent record in the 1m2f flat race. Cigar was successful in the inaugural running in 1996, while Silver Charm, Captain Steve, Pleasantly Perfect, Roses in May, Electrocutionist, Curlin and Well Armed have all landed the prize having made the trip for the States.

This year’s leading USA hope Game On Dude, went off as the 5/2 favourite in betting for the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita in California back in November. After being prominent with the leaders in the early stages of the contest, he faded in the final couple of furlongs on the dirt to come home 11th in the race won by Mucho Macho Man.

Since that effort at the Breeders’ Cup meeting, he has had two outings and failed to win in either of them. At Churchill downs on November 29, he was denied by just a head by Will Take Charge in the Group One Clark Handicap, while more recently at Santa Anita, he was fifth of seven in the Grade Two San Antonio Stakes when going off the 30/1000 market leader.

The seven year-old is unlikely to have another run before the big race in Dubai where he could come up against Derby winner Ruler of the World and leading European hopes Magician and The Fugue.

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