Group 2 Godolphin Mile, sponsored by Etisalat

The Godolphin Mile (previously called the Nad Al Sheba Mile) was first run in 1996 and Godolphin trainer Saeed bin Suroor is seeking a ninth winner in the 1,600m all-weather feature.

His main hope this year looks to be African Story who won the Super Saturday prep, the Group 3 Burj Nahaar, in good style and he could be Godolphin`s best chance on the card.

Frankie Dettori maintains the partnership and they look certain to be hard to beat with stable companions Do It All (Silvestre De Sousa) and Sandagiyr arguably heading the opposition.

The last named, the mount of Mickael Barzalona, won the Group 3 Firebreak Stakes, under De Sousa, over the same 1,600m all-weather course and distance when African Story endured a torrid passage before staying on strongly in third.

Bin Suroor and Dettori combined with Skysurfers to win this race last year when UK challenger Red Jazz who is back to seek compensation after a good third last year. Jeremy Noseda trains Western Aristocrat to supply the English trainers a strong two-pronged challenge.

UAE Champion Trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe saddled Mufarrh to finish second last year and has three hopefuls this year with Derbaas perhaps looking to hold more obvious claims than the badly drawn Haatheq and filly First City.

Richard Hills, retained jockey for His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has chosen to ride Derbaas with second jockey Tadhg O`Shea electing to partner Haatheq. That leaves Wayne Smith to ride Snaafy, trained by his main employer Musabah Al Muhairi, for the same owner whose Barbecue Eddie is, sadly, a non-runner.

Satish Seemar trains Richard`s Kid who drops in class having contested the last two Dubai World Cups but this trip would appear on the short side for him.

Shamalgan has not really fired in his two runs at the Dubai World Cup Carnival but hopefully will be spot on for Saturday`s challenge, while the other two runners both represent South Africa.

Herman Brown will saddle Dux Scholar but Viscount Nelson, trained by compatriot Mike De Kock, looks a stronger hope for a trainer who won this race in 2005 with Grand Emporium.