Is A Bet On Gun Runner To Win The 2018 Dubai World Cup Wise?

Written by Nich Moore on 2017-08-17 at 07:25
Bet on Gun Runner to win the 2018 Dubai World Cup Can Arrogate score a second win?
Stage a race with ten million dollars up for grabs and you're bound to attract the cream of the racing crop but the line up being touted for the 2018 Dubai World Cup reads like a Who's Who of horses and picking a winner from among the quality lining up will be a challenge, but if you don't think Arrogate will successfully defend the title should you bet on Gun Runner to win the 2018 Dubai World Cup?

  • Should you back Arrogate at 6/1 to win for the second time in a row at the UAE's premier racing event?
  • At 5/1 is a bet on Gun Runner to win the 2018 Dubai World Cup the best wager available right now?
  • Will 25/1 shot Thunder Snow surprise everyone and romp home to a win in March?


Approximately 10 furlongs on a dirt track this is a left-handed track that has seen some of the true greats of horse racing over the last couple of decades. The qualifications might seem a trifle odd, where mounts from the northern hemisphere must be 4 years old and over, whilst those from the southern hemisphere can be just 3 years old if they wish, but the weight for age conditions even that up and age shouldn't be a factor in deciding whether to bet on Gun Runner to win the 2018 Dubai World Cup.

Obviously if it enters the field of the Pegasus World Cup in January those of us that like to bet on sports in the UAE will get a better sense of just how well Gun Runner might do this year, and perhaps know if Arrogate has still got it or gone off the boil, but aside from these two favorites at Bet365 there are still some powerful beasts in this great field so if Arrogate isn't your cup of tea and you're not going to bet on Gun Runner to win the 2018 Dubai World Cup, who should you bet on? Let's take a shufty.

Can Arrogate Win Twice In A Row Or Is This Gun Runner's Year?

Mor Spirit, winner of the Essex Handicapp, Steve Sexton Mile and Metropolitan Handicap is an attractive 14/1 at Bet356, and, along with Mubtaahij at 16/1, is a great wager if you don't wish to bet on Gun Runner to win the 2018 Dubai World Cup. Mubtaahij is returning for a third time, having come second in 2016 against California Chrome, and a worse fourth in 2017, so to place at Bet365 rather than on the nose is probably the wisest wager for those skirting around dubious UAE gambling laws.

Thunder Snow Dubai Odds


Beyond that Classic Empire and Thunder Snow both garner 25/1 at Bet365 right now, the former a winner of the Breeders Cup Juvenile and the Arkansas Derby, the latter having won the Prix Jean Prat, UAE Derby and Criterium International. Either one could surprise on the day, and whilst Classic Empire hasn't always been the luckiest of horses if you're not going to bet on Gun Runner to win the 2018 Dubai Cup this could be horse to back. If, of course, you don't go for Irish War Cry at 40/1.

Bet On Gun Runner To Win The 2018 Dubai World Cup At Bet365

Dubai World Cup
  • March 31, 2018
  • Meydan Racecourse
  • Dubai, UAE
  • Length – 2,000 m
  • Track – Left-Handed
  • Surface – Dirt
  • Prize – $10m
Bet365 offering Irish War Cry at just 40/1 to win is a tad harsh. The Belmont Stakes saw it come home in second place, just a month after that disappointing 10th at the Kentucky Derby, and if you think that a little distant from sane odds for the truly barking there's Hoppertunity at 50/1 or Second Summer at 66/1. Hoppertunity came home first in the San Antonio Handicap, and the Jockey Club Gold Cup, but it's still a risky wager compared to a bet on Gun Runner to win the 2018 Dubai World Cup, isn't it?

Second Summer did win the Godolphin Mile and Californian Stakes but half way round the world it could be a completely different story, especially up against that line up, lead by Arrogate at 6/1 to win for a second time on the trot and Gun Runner on 5/1 to come home first next March. The less adventurous will await the new year's UAE gambling news headlines before they make their choice, but you won't get anything like these odds if you wait that long to bet on Gun Runner to win the 2018 Dubai World Cup.
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