Group 3 Dubai Gold Cup, sponsored by Al Tayer Motors

The latest addition to the card, the Group 3 Dubai Gold Cup is over 3,210m on turf and has attracted a field of 13, headed by Godolphin duo Fox Hunt and Opinion Poll who are both trained by Mahmoud Al Zarooni.

Frankie Dettori rides Opinion Poll on this occasion, having beaten him on Fox Hunt when they clashed in the prep race over 2,800m in the Group 3 Nad Al Sheba Trophy, which was a second course and distance victory at the Dubai World Cup Carnival for Fox Hunt who will be ridden by Silvestre De Sousa.

It would be no surprise to see the pair dominate and Grand Vent, trained by Saeed bin Suroor, also represents Godolphin.

South African trainers Herman Brown and Mike De Kock both saddle two with Brown`s Mikhail Glinka the only one of the quartet proven at the trip. A winner over 2,400m on Super Saturday in the Group 2 Dubai City of Gold, he could prove the main threat to the Al Zarooni duo but stable companion Bronze Cannon would appear to face a stiff task.

Irish Flame has never reproduced his best form at Meydan but at least threatens to stay this far, while stable companion Zanzamar has seemingly improved switched to turf. He could have run in the Group 1 Dubai Sheema Classic, presented by Longines so connections clearly feel he will stay.

One horse guaranteed to stay is French challenger Kasbah Bliss and, if it develops into a war of attritions, he would be a big danger but that looks unlikely.

Joshua Tree and Barbican both represent the UK with the former, trained by Marco Botti, needing to bounce back to his best stepped up markedly in trip. Barbican is interesting as he should stay and is a first UAE runner for the ultra-shrewd Alan Bailey.

Australia`s Unusual Suspect has shown little in three UAE outings and Japan`s Makani Bisty appears to have something to find to trouble the best of these.

Averroes, trained near Abu Dhabi by Ernst Oertel, has twice been well beaten by Fox Hunt and would be a surprise winner.