Trainer Richard Mandella, who sent Pleasantly Perfect out to win the 2004 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), has nominated Rock Hard Ten, Minister Eric, and Congrats to the $6-million race.The Dubai World Cup, sponsored by Emirates Airline, is the culmination of the 2005 Dubai International Racing Carnival, which begins Jan. 20 and will present 10 weeks of international competition in the build up to Dubai World Cup Day.
Also representing the United States in the World Cup is Roses in May, trained by Dale Romans for Ken and Sarah Ramsey, and Lundy's Liability, winner of the 2004 UAE Derby (UAE-II), and now trained by Bobby Frankel for Stud TNT and Mrs. M. Slack.Godolphin, who has won the race on four occasions, has nominated 11 runners, including Ruler's Court and Cherry Mix. Trainer Jerry Barton has nominated Petit Paris, who finished second behind Lundy's Liability in last year's UAE Derby.Europe is well represented in the nominations with Aidan O'Brien entering the globetrotting Powerscourt, winner of the Tattersalls Gold Cup (Ire-I) at the Curragh. The 5-year-old also raced in England, Germany, America, Japan and Hong Kong last season. Andrew Balding could be represented by his 2004 Hong Kong Vase (HK-I) winner Phoenix Reach. Germany-based trainer Andreas Schutz has nominated his Singapore International Cup (Sin-I) winner Epalo, who also finished third in the Arlington Million (gr.IT). Japan will be represented by 14 horses, including Japan Cup Dirt (Jpn-I) winner Time Paradox, trained by Hiroyoshi Matsuda. The Dubai Duty Free (UAE-I) will be headlined by Right Approach, who deadheaded with Paolini in the 2004 Dubai Duty Free. Australia is also well represented in the Dubai Duty Free with the Caulfield One Thousand Guineas winner Alinghi, trained by Lee Freedman, and the Caulfield Cup (Aust-I) winner Elvstroem, trained by Tony Vasil. Trainer Mark Johnston has entered Attraction, who was one of the leading fillies in Europe last season, winning both the English One Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) and the Irish One Thousand Guineas (Ire-I). The filly ended her season with a win in the Sun Chariot Stakes (Eng-I) at Newmarket. Jim Bolger has entered his Hong Kong Cup (HK-I) winner Alexander Goldrun, who also won the Prix de l'Opera (Fr-I) at Longchamp.Dual Melbourne Cup (Aust-I) winner Makybe Diva, trained by Lee Freedman, has been nominated to run in the $2 million Dubai Sheema Classic (UAE-I) over 2,400 meters on the turf. Makybe Diva could be joined by the Saeed bin Suroor pair of Papineau, winner of the Ascot Gold Cup (Eng-I), and the Epsom Derby (Eng-I) runner-up and St Leger (Eng-I) winner Rule of Law. Mike de Kock has entered his multiple South African group I winner Grey's Inn, winner of the Durban July (Saf-I) at Greyville.
American runner Our New Recruit, trained by John Sadler, looks set to return to defend his title in the $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen (UAE-I), over the straight 1,200 meters. Candidato Roy, South Africa's champion 2-year-old colt, also trained by Mike de Kock, has been entered for the $2 million UAE Derby (UAE-II). The UAE Derby attracted 132 entries from 12 countries. Firebreak, trained by Saeed bin Suroor, will be looking for a hat trick of wins in the $1 million Godolphin Mile (UAE-II). Firebreak may be joined in the race by the Satish Seemar-trained Little Jim, who finished third in the 2004 UAE Derby after winning the UAE Two Thousand Guineas (UAE-III) in February.