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With a lift in prize money to US$1 million and G2 status this event is capturing the interest of many.
There are runners from France, England and Ireland coming to challenge the locals and Dubai horses which makes for an interesting contest.
Godolphin's Nation's Pride (Appleby-Buick) looks to be the top horse in this and is favourite in the UK on 7/4. The Gosdens look after Shadwell's Israr which has Jim Crowley on board and they are on 6/1, the same quote as O'Brien's Point Lonsdale with Ryan Moore in the saddle. Joseph O'Brien's Above the Curve is on 8/1 with Maxime Guyon riding.
But there are several other possibilities especially two from France Marhaba Ya Sanafi, the French 2000 Guineas winner, from Andreas Schütz's yard with Cristian Demuro riding and Andre Fabre's Godolphin horse Birr Castle on 14/1. He's won a couple of listed races and placed at Group level and pictures of these two at track work show them both to be in good shape. Last year's winner Dubai Future hasn't done much since then so 12/1 is not value and Spirit Dancer needs to lift to be competitive here.