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West Coast Tops Dubai World Cup Betting For American Trainer Bob Baffert

American Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert is looking to win the Dubai World Cup for the fourth time in his career later this month. His horse West Coast is the +200 favourite to land the prestigious dirt contest, which has been dominated by horses from the USA in recent years.

West Coast was second in the Pegasus World Cup back in January as he finished just over two lengths behind the Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Gun Runner. The latter will not be travelling across to the UAE as he is now retired to stud, which opens the door for the Baffert’s star to establish himself as the number one dirt horse on the planet.

Cesar Inciarte via Twitter

In 2017, West Coast won two Grade One races to rise up the ratings in the sport. His first success came in the Travers Stakes at Saratoga, in which he prevailed in comfortable fashion in the three-year-old contest. Just weeks later, he returned to the winner’s enclosure following the Pennsylvania Derby at Parx.

Success at Meydan in the Dubai World Cup will be West Coast’s biggest victory of his career if he can pull it off. His trainer Baffert won the race last year with Arrogate who was too strong for his rivals from around the world.

Thunder Snow heads the challenge from Europe against West Coast. The Britain-based horse won the Group One Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly last season so connections have big expectations for their four-year-old in 2018.

Knightbridge via Twitter

March is set to be a big month in Europe with a number of big races taking place across the UK, including the JLT Novices’ Chase, where betting can be found with Oddschecker ahead of the contest. Many of the leading horses are returning for the first time in 2018, however, Thunder Snow has already had the benefit of two runs so far this year. The Godolphin-owned colt won on his last start in round two of the Al Maktoum Challenge at Meydan, therefore, he heads into the Dubai World Cup in great form.

Godolphin will also be represented in the prestigious dirt contest later this month by Talismanic who is trained in France by Andre Fabre. The five-year-old won the Breeders’ Cup Turf last November so he has proven he is capable of travelling to the big meetings across the globe and having success.

The 2018 Dubai World Cup takes place on March 31 and can be seen live on NBC Sports in the USA.

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