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2012 Dubai World Cup Antepost Betting Preview


After his connections confirmed that Dubai was his next destination, New Zealand-bred wonderhorse So You Think has seen his antepost price drop like a stone on the exchanges. As it currently stands, you'll find So You Think priced out as low as 5.6 in the futures wagering section. After disappointing on his dirt debut in the 2011 Breeders' Cup Classic, So You Think will likely begin his 2012 campaign in Dubai and then head back for another kick at the Breeders' Cup can – this time it's set to run at Santa Anita Park in Los Angeles.


Speaking of America, you'll find America's top-rated three-year-old colt of 2011 trading at very competitive odds on the exchanges with a price hovering around 10.5 on Animal Kingdom. He had a genuine crack at the 2011 Triple Crown by winning the Kentucky Derby, finishing a close second in the Preakness and then nearly throwing John Velasquez from the saddle in the Belmont Stakes.

Speaking of the Belmont Stakes, there is a distinct chance that Belmont winner Ruler On Ice could line up in this one but odds for him are still yet to be floated. Master of Hounds shipped over from Dubai directly to the Kentucky Derby but failed to be a genuine factor in the run for the roses.

Twice Over is expected to be back for this one and he's priced at a very competitive 15.5 while Smart Falcon seems to be making some real moves and has seen his price descend to around 8.0 – making him a clear second favourite in the ante post market. The seven-year-old son of Gold Allure has rattled off seven Group-level victories in a row – including a defeat of the much-vaunted Espoir City. He seldom even goes off as a competitive price and will be a real factor after Japanese contenders made some noise last year.

Byword had an unsuccessful trip to Japan after losing out in the 2011 Breeders' Cup Turf to longshot Court Vision. The Qatar Prix Dollar winner also scored at Chantilly in a Group 3 contest back in June. He is trading at a competitive listing of 16.5.

Keep your eyes open for the world's most expensive filly – Royal Delta – who was sold for an impressive 8.5 million just a few days after winning the Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic. It's impressive that she will remain in training next year with Bill Mott and is competitively priced at 13.0.

Gitano Hernando, a regular fixture here, trades at 26.0 while Await The Dawn can be backed at 18.5.

Expect plenty more interesting swings in the wagering as we get closer to the 2012 Dubai World Cup.  

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