The $10million Dubai World Cup takes centre stage at Meydan on Saturday as Ruler Of The World seeks a first win since last year's Epsom Derby success but there is also a superb supporting card at Meydan.
Aidan O'Brien's charge is $5.00 favourite with sportingbet.com.au
to score over 2000m and the Irish trainer also has the market leader in the Dubai Sheema Classic with $4.00 chance Magician.
This 1m 4f prize went to Ballydoyle last term with St Nicholas Abbey and Magician will be looking to build on a fine three-year-old campaign which brought Classic glory in the Irish 2,000 Guineas and ended with a thrilling win over The Fugue in the Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita.
John Gosden drops The Fugue back in trip for the 1800m Dubai Duty Free and she is $4.50 with bet365
to add this Group One prize to other victories at elite level in last season's Yorkshire Oaks and Irish Champion Stakes contests, plus the 2012 Nassau Stakes at Goodwood.
Hong Kong handler John Moore takes a strong team over to Meydan and his Sterling City is $3.75 favourite for the Group One Dubai Golden Shaheen, run over 1200m on the same Tapeta surface as the World Cup, with this six-year-old having obliged in half of his last six Sha Tin races.
Shea Shea is $2.37 at best with sportingbet.com.au
to repeat last year's victory in the Al Quoz Sprint at 3.03 over a flying 1000m on turf, with old rival Sole Power quoted at $8.00 and Amber Sky splitting that pair in the betting on $4.00 following two wins from his last three contests in Hong Kong.
Saeed bin Suroor has prevailed in the UAE Derby on seven occasions but it is new Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby who looks to hold the stronger hand this term with Long John, who is $2.75 to add to a tally of six wins in nine races, which includes a Group One success in Australia and a recent UAE 2000 Guineas triumph.
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf runner-up Giovanni Boldini will also attract plenty of interest at $3.75 here, though, with O'Brien chasing a hat-trick of victories in this race after Daddy Long Legs and Lines Of Battle.
Cavalryman is $3.75 to give Godolphin and Bin Suroor success in the Dubai Gold Cup over 2m at 1.45, having obliged in the same race 12 months ago and more recently warming up for a repeat bid with a C&D victory in the Group Three Nad Al Sheba Trophy at the start of the month.
The action gets under way with the Godolphin Mile on Tapeta at 1.10 and Hills can't split Bin Suroor's Shuruq, twice a C&D scorer already this year, and Mike De Kock's Soft Falling Rain, who is also $4.50, having completed a hat-trick of Meydan wins in this contest last season.