The 2017 Sun Met winner Whisky Baron looks likely to very possibly be the only South African representative on Dubai World Cup day on 31 March.
Speaking on the Winning Ways Show on Monday evening, trainer Mike De Kock said that things were not looking hopeful right now of him having a runner.
But he spoke highly of the Brett Crawford charge Whisky Baron.
“Whisky Baron is the most exciting prospect. I think Brett is aiming him at the Zabeel Mile on 22 February. He is a high quality magnificent beast. He is laid back and sound – a big strong bugger! Definitely a horse that looks capable of holding his own against the Godolphin powerhouse and the top UK horses. You need a horse rated 115 plus to be competitive on the night,” said De Kock.
The major prep for Dubai World Cup day is the Super Saturday meeting on 10 March 2018.
Whisky Baron could be aimed at the Sheema Classic or Dubai Duty Free – both $5 million races – on Dubai World Cup day.
The biggest sporting and social occasion on the Dubai calendar, the US$30m race day is held at Meydan Racecourse on 31 March.
It is the conclusion of the UAE racing season, featuring nine high-class races including six Gr1 and three Gr2 contests. Racing is brought to a close by the the US$10m Dubai World Cup, won in 2017 by Arrogate.