O'Brien's Meydan squad in good shape

O'Brien's Meydan squad in good shape

So You Think and Aidan O’Brien’s large contingent of Dubai runners have arrived safely in the Gulf ahead of Saturday’s World Cup meeting.

O’Brien has sent six high-profile runners for the richly-endowed Meydan meeting, with Eclipse and Irish Champion Stakes winner So You Think topping the bill in the Dubai World Cup itself.

Three-year-olds Daddy Long Legs and Wrote are entered in the UAE Derby while very smart older horses Await The Dawn (Dubai Duty Free), St Nicholas Abbey and Treasure Beach (Dubai Sheema Classic) are also in action.

Pat Keating, O’Brien’s travelling head lad, said: “The horses all travelled well, and arrived here in good order, no problems whatsoever.

“They have all had uninterrupted preparations in Ireland, the weather back home over the winter has been OK.

“We have a bigger team here this year than in the past, and I’d say they all come here with chances.”

While Godolphin trainers Mahmood Al Zarooni and Saeed Bin Suroor both have runners in the £3,870,968 (€4,631,235) World Cup, the only horse to be permanently trained in Britain is Planteur.

The Prix Ganay winner has been transferred from Elie Lellouche to Marco Botti in Newmarket for this season.

Botti’s wife, Lucia, said: “He arrived on Monday and travelled over very well. I am happy with him and he will be out on the track on Thursday and Friday mornings.”l

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