Team Japan Arrives in Dubai for World Cup

Team Japan Arrives in Dubai for World Cup

Fourteen Japanese-trained runners arrived in Dubai on March 22 to join nine other Japanese-trained runners who had flown from Saudi Arabia to Dubai on February 26. They are all preparing for the Dubai World Cup (G1) night on March 30 at Meydan Racecourse.

Among the group are four horses intended to run in the $12 million Dubai World Cup. The Japanese flag bearer is Ushba Tesoro, the defending champion of the Cup who narrowly lost to Senor Buscador in the Saudi Cup (G1) at King Abdulaziz on February 24. Ushba Tesoro, a 7-year-old horse by Orfevre, has earned $13.27 million. If he wins back-to-back Dubai World Cup races and takes home the $6.96 million first-place prize, he will become the all-time leading money earner in Japan, surpassing Equinox who earned $15.66 million.

Derma Sotogake, who came in second to White Abarrio in the Breeders Cup Classic (G1) at Santa Anita Park on November 4, finished fifth in the Saudi Cup. The 4-year-old colt by Mind Your Biscuits has also been training at Meydan for the past four weeks after winning the UAE Derby (G2) at Meydan by 5 1/2 lengths last year.

Additionally, Wilson Tesoro and Dura Erede, who finished second and third in the Tokyo Daishoten (G1) at Oi on December 29, arrived at Meydan on March 22 to represent Japan in the Dubai World Cup.

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