Delta set to be a Force at Dubai World Cup
Renowned trainer Bill Mott is aiming to create history for a second time at the Dubai World Cup when his filly Royal Delta takes to the Meydan track on Saturday.
The American won the inaugural World Cup 16 years ago with Cigar and he’s gunning to upset race favourite So You Think this time out by training the first filly to win the world’s richest horse race.
“Coming back, it’s a big challenge,” said Mott, who was inducted into the US Hall of Fame in 1998. “It’s the biggest prize in racing right now. Naturally if you like competition, that is where you want to be.” Along with Aidan O’Brien’s much-vaunted stallion, who has 12 wins out of 19 races on flat turf, Mott also has to contend with the hugely favoured Game On Dude and Smart Falcon to once again beat the odds.
However, he claims Royal Delta is well suited to the distance and track surface and is relishing the task of matching his horse against the star-studded field.
“She’s done what we asked to do at home,” he added referring to Royal Delta’s impressive past 12 months where she won the Ladies’ Classic at the Breeders’ Cup in November. “The challenge is how she matches up with an international field.
“That is what this is all about. Coming here, we know they will bring the best of the best, and we’re going to have some very good horses in the race. The only thing that we can hope for is that our own does very well.” While Royal Delta flies under the radar heading into the $10 million race, Mott’s previous entrant, wonder horse Cigar, needs little introduction having defied Soul of the Matter in a memorable contest back in 1996.
Reflecting on the victory, Mott said: “It was a huge win personally. For America, anyone who was interested in horse racing was watching it on TV.” Meanwhile, Mott’s chances of an upset received a boost when he took stall seven for Saturday’s showpiece. Trainers were quick to pick stalls in the middle of the field believing that was the optimum place to ride from, with So You Think landing stall four and Japanese challenger Smart Falcon lining up in stall five. Of Godolphin’s four challengers, Monterosso fared best in stall eight, while Capponi , Prince Bishop  and Mendip  will all have to overcome wide draws.
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