The two top contenders for the March 27 Dubai World Cup won’t enter, which means if you were planning on backing one of the top contenders, you’ve got to look elsewhere. Luckily, there are plenty of great betting options for one of the world’s most important horse races. Check out top plays and updated Horse Racing Odds from Dubai World Cup for Saturday, March 27. You can also visit our Online Racebook to place your bets on active racetracks.
2021 Dubai World Cup – Defections Change World Cup Odds
2021 Dubai World Cup General Race Info
- When: Saturday, March 27
- Where: Meydan Racecourse, Dubai, UAE
- Distance: 1 ¼ miles dirt
2021 Dubai World Cup Odds
- Military Law +450
- Jesus Team +450
- Chrysoberyl +1000
- Tacitus +500
- Gronkowski +2500
- Chuwa Wizard +1600
- Military March +1600
- Capezzano +3300
- North America +3300
- Muntazah +3300
- Big Team +4000
- Mystic Guide +350
- Salute The Soldier +800
- Magny Cours +1000
- Sleepy Eyes Todd +1100
- Global Giant +1600
Baffert and Cox decide to skip, Maxfield blows World Cup shot in Santa Anita Handicap
Three important developments happened over the weekend that affect the 2021 Dubai World Cup field. Let’s go over each development one at a time.
Maxfield, a +900 choice to win in Dubai, ran in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap. We know what trainer Brendan Walsh was thinking. Why send Maxfield, a Godolphin owned horse, to run against other Godolphin horses in the Dubai World Cup when we can run him at the Great Race Place and pick up a big paycheck?
There’s nothing wrong with thinking that way. But Maxfield didn’t deliver, he finished third in the Big Cap behind Idol and Express Train, so now Walsh, and probably Godolphin are wondering if Maxfield could have won the World Cup.
The second development is about Brad Cox trained Knicks Go. The fourth place finisher in the Saudi Cup would have been around a +350 second-choice to win the Dubai World Cup.
Cox huddled with KRA Stud Farm, Knicks Go’s owners, and they decided to give the five-year-old a rest. The Breeders’ Cup Classic on November 6 is the primary goal. Sure, it’s March, but today’s thoroughbreds are a dainty bunch. They require more rest than they did in the Citation days.
Bob Baffert took a page from Brad Cox. Baffert decided to send Charlatan to the shelf. The 4-year-old may not want to run 1 ¼ miles, the Dubai World Cup distance. Also, if Baffert blows the horse out early, he can’t gear him up for the Classic.
Don’t expect to see either Knicks Go or Charlatan until the summer or maybe even early fall. Baffert and Cox will find a Grade 1 race either at Keeneland, Santa Anita, or Belmont to prep for the Classic.
Mystic Guide’s Razorback Handicap victory catapults him to Dubai
While the World Cup field lost a couple of favorites, it gained a chalk when Michael Stidham said he’d put Mystic Guide on a plane to Dubai.
Godolphin owns the four-year-old colt. After watching him dominate a decent group in the Razorback at Oaklawn on February 27, they probably picked up the phone and dialed Stidham suggesting he send Mystic to Meydan.
Mystic Guide’s odds are a +350 underlay. North American horses have had great success winning the Dubai World Cup. But Mystic Guide ran hard to win the Razorback.
He’s never won two races in a row. The chalk may not have enough in the tank to go across the world and beat the best dirt horses on the planet not named Charlatan or Knicks Go.
Do your handicapping before settling on the Stidham runner. Also, look for a contender with better odds before jumping on Tacitus, Jesus Team, or Military Law.