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“Ron the Greek, who now races in Saudi Arabia, drew terribly in the far outside post. He is 5-1 second choice on the U.S. morning line. "The horse has been training very well," trainer Nicholas Bachalard said. "Not much we can do about it [the draw]. The others don't have to worry now -- we've drawn it [Post 16]. There's not much to say. [Jose] Lezcano has his work cut out for him. It's a long way around [from the outside]. We'll look at it, talk about it and figure out a strategy." The Dubai World Cup card of eight Thoroughbred stakes will broadcast live by HRTV, beginning at 9 a.m. ET. Post time for the first Thoroughbred stakes, the $1 million Godolphin Mile is 9:10 a.m. Post time for the Dubai World Cup is approximately 2:05 p.m. Kentucky-based AmWest Entertainment will deliver the card for wagering in North and South America. After his sale last fall to King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz and sons, Ron the Greek won his first race in Saudi Arabia Feb. 15. He got acquainted with Meydan all-weather track for the first time during a canter March 26. "He just had an easy gallop to get his feet underneath him," trainer Nicholas Bachalard said. "He looked good and handled the track well. More of the same tomorrow, maybe a little quicker down the lane." A career earner of $2.7 million, the 7-year-old Florida-bred son of Full Mandate has only had one previous race on a synthetic surface. "He ran fourth in an allowance race at Keeneland [April 3, 2011], but the distance [1 1/16 miles] was too short and he's a better horse now that he was back then," Bachalard said. "The only way to find out [if he'll handle it] is to run on it." British-based globetrotter Red Cadeaux, was a fast-flying second last year, two lengths behind Animal Kingdom . He will break from post 14. "I don't think the draw matters too much for him," trainer Ed Dunlop said. We were drawn on the inside here last year and we'll probably do the same thing again and take our time. There's a lot more runners this time. We'll take second-place again for sure, I'll tell you that." Military Attack, an international Group 1 winner and most recently a three-length winner of the Hong Kong Gold Cup (HK-I), drew post 8 and is pegged at 8-1. "Exactly where I wanted to be," trainer John Moore said. "He's tactically versatile, so being drawn in the middle gives us options and we can watch the race form around us. There's a lot of Hong Kong interest in the race with two horses in the Dubai World Cup [also including Akeed Mofeed] -- the world's greatest race. We're looking forward to the challenge." Of Godolphin's foursome, Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 winner Prince Bishop drew the inside post. "He has a good turn of foot and the plan will be to take a good early position," trainer Saeed bin Suroor said. "Physically the horse is very much better than last year and we are hoping for a good run. "The Dubai World Cup is an open race. Our horses should do well, but you always need some luck." Also entered are Japanese Group 1 winners Belshazzar and Hokko Tarumae, respective Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 runner-up and third-place finisher Sanshaawes and Surfer, 2013 King Edward VII winner Hillstar, Australian Group 1 winner Side Glance, and English multiple group winner Mukhadram.
The others don't have to worry now -- we've drawn it [Post 16]. There's not much to say. Lezcano has his work cut out for him. It's a long way around.” -- Owner Ahmed Zayat