2019 Dubai World Cup Media Alert - Dubai World Cup Press Conference

Monday, March 25
9:00 a.m.
Interview Room, Meydan Grandstand

At the end of daily Track Work, Monday-Friday, there will be press conferences at 9:00 a.m. with various trainers, jockeys, owners and associated connections to Dubai World Cup meeting runners.


U.S.-based trainer Luis Carvajal Jr. is best known as the conditioner of one of America’s top sprinters, Imperial Hint. The smallish gelding returns to Dubai two years after shipping, but failing to make the race after getting sick. Now a multiple Grade 1 winner, the immensely quick charge gets a chance at revenge in what is his third clash with top seed Roy H, behind whom he has finished second and third in the last two Breeders’ Cup Sprints. This is Carvajal’s first Dubai starter.

Irish trainer David Marnane is no stranger to Dubai, having had four starters on Dubai World Cup night. The former assistant to both Kiaran McLaughlin and Doug Watson has moulded the European and American styles of training to impressive effect, including a good second in the 2013 UAE Derby with Elleval, who returned to be seventh in the following year’s Godolphin Mile. Marnane has the exciting multiple Grade 2-winning Argentine import Tato Key, who makes his third Meydan start after finishing second in late January’s Al Shindagha Sprint (G3) and third in the Mahab Al Shimaal (G3) on Super Saturday. He is a winner of 12-of-16 starts and has never been out of the top three.

Jorge Navarro has an impressive record in Dubai, despite not yet winning a race. From three starts, the Florida- and New Jersey-based conditioner has two seconds and a third over the past two years. The two runner-up efforts were with Rockingham Ranch and Gelfenstein Farm’s X Y Jet, who was pipped on the line by Mind Your Biscuits last year, two years after losing almost as narrowly to Muarrab as the favourite. The high-striking trainer was also third in 2017’s Godolphin Mile with favourite Sharp Azteca, arguably his best horse to date. He is back yet again with the X Y Jet and hoping to get third-time lucky.

PETER MILLER (ROY H) (to be confirmed)
One of the top trainers in America, California-based Peter Miller is back in Dubai for a third consecutive year, having steadily increased his presence each time. A close fifth with Richard’s Boy in the Al Quoz Sprint of 2017, he returned with three runners in the same event in 2018, finishing a tough-beat second with two-time Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint winner and 2018 U.S. champion turf horse Stormy Liberal, who returns this year. He also brings back dual U.S. champion sprinter Roy H, looking for a chance at redemption after finishing third in last year’s Dubai Golden Shaheen as the favourite. Adding depth to his roster, he brings his top female turf sprinter, Belvoir Bay for the Al Quoz Sprint and well-regarded 3-year-old Gray Magician for the UAE Derby.