2019 Dubai World Cup Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips - Thunder Snow to go back-to-back

The Godolphin runner will look to add another G1 to the increasing tally
Dubai World Cup. (Getty Images)
Dubai World Cup. (Getty Images)

2019 Dubai World Cup Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


Date: Saturday March 30, 2019
Track: Meydan
Distance: 2000m
Class: Group 1
Conditions: Set Weights
Prize Money: $US10 million

The Dubai World Cup is one of the biggest races in the world and its prize money is only trumped by The Everest and Pegasus World Cup. Held in March, the best middle-distance horses in the world embark at Meydan for a chance to win the lion's share of $10 million.

Godolphin scored with Thunder Snow in 2018 and the Australian-bred son of Helmut has been well-backed to win again in 2019. Given the run of Godolphin, which included winning the Melbourne Cup, we wouldn't put it past the four-year-old.

2019 Dubai World Cup Best Bet - Thunder Snow @ 5.50


The current favourite deserves to be well-favoured in the betting following his win in 2018 and his form since that victory at Meydan has been good. The four-year-old didn't run well at York fresh-up after a spell but improved to run second at Belmont Park in the Gold Cup Stakes before running third in the Breeders' Cup Classic in November.

He's an adaptable type which has raced all around the world and given his form at Meydan, which included four starts for two wins and two second placings, punters should have him on top come March.

Bookmakers are offering 5.50, which is better price than expected. He's the clear top pick at this stage of nominations.

Thunder Snow returning to scale after the Dubai World Cup. (Getty Images)

2019 Dubai World Cup Best Each Way - West Coast @ 10.00


West Coast finished second behind Thunder Snow in 2018 and deserves credit based on that run alone. The Bob Baffert-trained American colt has had two runs since with his best result being a second placing behind Accelerate in the Awesome Again Stakes.

He didn't flatter in the Breeders' Cup but not everything went to plan and he will have a better chance in 2019 with experience on the track. He ran as the 2.20 favourite at Meydan and punters are now getting double-figure odds. That's good value.

2019 Dubai World Cup Best Roughie - Mckinzie @ 13.00


Another runner to come out of the Breeders' Cup, Mckinzie is an improving three-year-old which was thrown in the deep end last start but still has time to improve. Also trained by Bob Baffert, the son of Street Sense finished 12th behind Accelerate and although well-beaten, he should strengthen from that run.

He will have a spell before the Dubai World Cup and that should do him the world of good. Each way chance at 13.00.

Best Bet: Thunder Snow @ 5.50
Best Each Way: West Coast @ 10.00
Best Roughie: Mckinzie @ 13.00
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