Published: 08:29 26/03/2011
Henry Cecil’s Dubai World Cup favourite Twice Over must overcome an unfavourable wide draw if he is to justify his trainer’s faith and win the world’s richest race on Saturday.
Low numbers have a distinct advantage at Meydan and Cecil’s six-year-old has the disadvantage of being drawn 12 from 14, prompting Paddy Power to ease his odds from 2/1 to 11/4.
Twice Over ran in last year’s Dubai World Cup from a wide berth when he was bumped and unable to find a challenging position from mid-division, eventually finishing tenth to Gloria De Campeao.
Cecil was disappointed his charge was unable to put his best foot forward on that occasion and took the decision to bring him to Dubai earlier this year for a better preparation.
"We thought we had a great chance last year but things just didn't go right," said Cecil. "The main thing is to adapt to everything and we tried something different this year.
"We've been planning this since after the Champion Stakes in October. He had a rest then we had the idea of coming out here and having a race.”
Twice Over won the Al Maktoum Challenge over course and distance from Musir on 3 March and proved a bad draw was not insurmountable when racing from stall 13 of 14.
"I think with things having gone wrong last year, we didn't want to leave on that note. The main thing was to try and come back and get it right. I think he's a better horse this year. He hasn't got the best of feet and now he has these special (stick-on) shoes on, he's a much happier horse,” added Cecil.