MATHEW de Kock, seventh in line at the 2016 Dubai World Cup draw ceremony on Wednesday, selected stall 4 for Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum’s Mubtaahij.
Mathew said: “We didn’t want to be one but wanted to be on the inside as there has tended to be inside bias through the season. The horse is peaking at the right time and should give a good account of himself.”
Mubtaahij, inside draw.
The favourite California Chrome (USA) was the penultimate horse drawn and trainer Art Sherman picked stall 11. Sherman said: “The outside draw is good if you’ve got the horse and I hope we have. “There wasn’t too much I could do about the draw. He’s got tactical speed so I’m not going to worry about it.”
Another fancied runner Frosted drew 9 and trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said: “We were hoping to be outside of the speed. Special Fighter is speed as is California Chrome (who later drew post 11). We didn’t want to go all the way outside. There’s a long run into the first turn which should help us secure position.”
Here is a link to final field: