FORMER VA-DERBY WINNER TOPS DUBAI WORLD CUP

Virginia-Derby winner and runner-up to Zenyatta in the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Classic, Gio Ponti leads a 14-strong field of likely runners in the March 27 $10 million Dubai World Cup.

The Chris Clement-trained dirt specialist and ante-post favourite Gio Ponti tops the Dubai World Cup likely field announced this morning by the Board of the Dubai Racing Club.

Runners for the other seven races on Dubai World Cup night were also announced and all fields will be finalised at declaration stage on March 22.

European challengers Vision D’Etat and Twice over along with Saeed Bin Surour’s Allybar and Masterly, Mike de Kock’s Lizard’s Desire, Mr Brock, Gloria De Campeao-last year’s Dubai World Cup runner-up to Well Armed, Japanese hope and Maktoum Challenge Third Round winner Red Desire are part of the DWC field.