Dubai World Cup (Meydan Racecourse) Predictions, Betting Odds & Picks

If you're playing only to win, go with my top pick Magny Cours (10/1)

Dubai World Cup Post Position and Odds

Check out our predictions and odds for the 2021 Dubai World Cup at Meydan!

PP Horse Odds Jockey Trainer
V Leal A Pereira
R Ffrench S Ghadayer
K Tosaki R Okubo
C Soumillon S Suroor
L Dettori A Al-Kahtani
M Barzalona S Ghadayer
J Rosario J D’Angelo
W Buick A Fabre
A Fresu M Mheiri
L Saez M Stidham
A de Vries F Nass
A Moreno M A Silva
P Cosgrave D Watson
R Moore D Stewart

Best Bets for the Dubai World Cup

Here are my plays ($60 in total)

$2 Exacta box – Title Ready, Mystic Guide, Magny Cours, and Salute the Soldier = $24

$2 Exacta box – Title Ready, Mystic Guide, Magny Cours, and Jesus’ Team = $24

$1 Exacta box – Title Ready, Mystic Guide, Magny Cours and Ajuste Fiscal = $12

Top Longshot Picks:

Magny Cours (10/1)

Title Ready (20/1)

Mystic Guide, a steadily improving 4-year-old Godolphin homebred, headlines the American contingent set to tackle an international field of 14 for Saturday’s $12 million Dubai World Cup at Meydan Racecourse.

On the strength of a string of strong results, including wins in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy and Grade 3 Razorback, and a second-place finish in the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup, the American shipper is expected to rule favoritism over 13 others in his first start outside of the United States. Luis Saez, who rode him for the first time in winning last month’s Razorback will be in the saddle.

His main competition in the Group 1 affair could come to the horse for course, Salute the Soldier, who has won two straight preps for the Dubai World Cup, including the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 last time over the same track and distance as will be run on Saturday.

Of the other Americans, Jesus’ Team figures to get the most support off a rallying second-place finish in the rich Pegasus World Cup in January at Gulfstream Park. Before that, the son of Tapiture had finished third in the Preakness and second in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile. He also finished third in the Jim Dandy behind Mystic Guide in early September.

How to Watch the Dubai World Cup

Dubai World Cup Information
What Dubai World Cup (Group 1)
Where Meydan Racecourse
When Saturday, March 27 — 12:50 pm Eastern time
How to Watch TVG
Purse $12,000,000

Race Analysis

Mystic Guide

Since adding blinkers three starts ago, this son of Ghostzapper has really turned a corner for trainer Mike Stidham. A win in the Jim Dandy at Saratoga was followed by a fine runner-up performance in the Jockey Club Gold Cup. The now 4-year-old demonstrated his ability to handle the distance with that effort, and he looks like a horse ready to have a big year after his impressive return win in the Razorback at Oaklawn Park. That is his only prep for Saturday, so there is a chance that he is a little short for this, but more than likely they have him ready for this important race. Luis Saez makes the trip over to ride him and should have him staying involved early. He is the one they all have to beat.

Salute the Soldier

This one has been the top local horse on the grounds at Meydan. A gelded 6-year-old son of Sepoy, he competed in all three rounds of the Al Maktoum Challenge, and if not for lacking racing room in the first round, he may have won all three. In the last two rounds, he was right out there contesting the pace and proved best while getting the distance of the Dubai World Cup. The American invaders might have a talent advantage, but this one looks like a real threat to defend his home turf.

Jesus’ Team

While he has yet to break through and win something big like this, this reformed claimer has certainly made a career for himself rallying up into the picture in important races. With a third in the Preakness and seconds in both the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile and the Pegasus World Cup, he is the most battle-tested of any horse in the race for class. His race in the Pegasus last time, as he overcame a wide trip to prove second best behind the explosive speed of Knicks Go. Once again, he is a major threat to rally up into another sizable check.

Military Law

An experienced performer at Meydan, this son of Dubawi could not quite handle the strong pace last time in the Saudi Cup, finishing sixth. Before that he scored a solid victory in the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 1, defeating Salute the Soldier. Certainly, a threat in here, look for him to once again be close to the early pace and see what he can do from there. I do like Salute the Soldier a little better, but this guy must be respected.

Magny Cours

With very solid form in France, including a return win a few weeks ago, this one checks all the boxes as far as class and ability to handle the distance. The only box he does not check is dirt form, but his pedigree says it will not be a problem. Bred to handle the surface top and bottom, this Andre Fabre runner looks primed to make a real run at the big money on Saturday. Much like Mishriff last month, he might be ready to deny the Americans on their favorite surface.

Sleepy Eyes Todd

The most well-traveled of all the Americans, he is running in all the rich races around the world to begin his 5-year-old season. He rallied for fourth in the Pegasus World Cup and then fifth in the Saudi Cup last month. Perhaps staying closer to the pace on Saturday will help him here. He is in with a chance, as always, but I prefer running him a little shorter than the 1 ¼-trip that he will find in the Dubai World Cup.

Great Scot

A turf horse for most of his career, he came from well back to get up late and pass Knicks Go for third in the recent Saudi Cup. It was an unexpectedly strong result, but on the other hand, he never got close to the top two, Mishriff and Charlatan. The strong pace there probably helped his result, and I just don’t have a lot of confidence that he can improve upon his result there. One to consider off the last, but I prefer others.


One of the younger horses in the field, this one has made some noise this winter in Dubai, winning twice and finishing second last time to Salute the Soldier in the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3. He had his chance that evening, but could not reel in the resolute leader. With solid local form, he is one to consider here, but I am not sure the 10-furlong trip is his best distance.

Title Ready

Top rider Ryan Moore hops aboard this experienced American as the son of More Than Ready makes the trip to Dubai for the first time. Although he failed to threaten in some big races last fall, there were some good signs that he was coming around for his veteran trainer. In his only start this year, he overcame a tepid pace to rally by a pair of good horses in Blackberry Wine and Wells Bayou. Without a standout in this year’s Dubai World Cup, this battle-tested runner, coming in with a good form, makes plenty of sense as a very live longshot.

Chuwa Wizard

Japan’s upset winner of the Grade 1 Champions Cup in December was not able to carry that good form over to the Saudi Cup last time when he finished a well-beaten ninth. Perhaps he can fare a little better at Meydan, but it’s hard to like his chances in this deep field off of that disappointing run last month.

Ajuste Fiscal

After a fifth-place finish in the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 1, this Uruguayan runner did finish with plenty of interest in Round 2, just missing second behind Thegreatcollection. He should appreciate the added ground, so perhaps further improvement can see him figure in the exotics on Saturday, but there are too many I like better in here to get overly excited.


Joins Salute the Soldier as a runner in all three rounds of the Al Maktoum Challenge. While his results are solid, with two seconds and a fourth, it is a concern that his late run was not as stout last time, at the ten-furlong trip. He’s had a nice career for himself since coming to Dubai, but I am looking elsewhere on Saturday.


This 7-year-old gelded son of Bernardini has tons of good experience over the Meydan dirt course, but his best days may be behind him. In the first two rounds of the Al Maktoum Challenge, he set all the pace before packing it in late. This would seem like a highly unlikely spot for him to breakthrough with the best performance of his career.

Gifts of Gold

With his best experience on the grass, this son of Invincible Spirit looks to be a pretty major longshot in the Dubai World Cup. He tried the dirt course here in Al Maktoum Challenge Round 1 and never threatened while finishing 11th. He is not for me.

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