Twice Over has been burdened with an unfavourable wide draw in Dubai World Cup at Meydan on Saturday night.
Henry Cecil’s six-year-old will have to break from stall 12 of the 14 runners. Such a wide draw is considered a big disadvantage around the tight Meydan track and it will prove difficult to overcome. However, the horse did succeed from barrier 13 when impressively winning the Al Maktoum Challenge over course and distance earlier this month.
Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Khalid Abdullah, said: “He’s going to need to be lucky again, but he was drawn wide in the Maktoum Challenge so hopefully it is a good omen. I wouldn’t have chosen it, but there are two things in racing that you can’t affect – one is the draw and the other is the going.”
Aidan O’Brien’s Cape Blanco, has been much luckier with the draw and can race from stall four at the weekend. He will be ridden by Jamie Spencer, who said:
“I’d have been happy for anything between two and nine, we got four so that means all the options are open.”