By Andy Sambidge
Aidan O'Brien horse handed favourable draw for world's richest race on Saturday night
So You Think has strengthened its position as favourite for the Dubai World Cup at Meydan on Saturday after being handed stall four at the draw ceremony for the richest race in the world.
Japanese raider Smart Falcon, the second-favourite, is positioned next to Aidan O'Brien's So You Think in stall five.
Of Godolphin's four challengers Monterosso fared best in stall eight with Capponi, Prince Bishop and Mendip in 11, 12 and 13 respectively.
Marco Botti's Planteur will break from stall six while last year's runner-up Transcend will have to overcome stall 10.
One of the other pre-race fancies, Game On Dude, will have to contend with the widest stall of all in 14.
Godolphin's two trainers Saeed bin Suroor and Mahmoud Al Zarooni said the $10m race was "wide open".
"There are a lot of good horses," said Al Zarooni, "and anyone can win it. Monterosso was third in the race last year, and has just had the one run since, when he was fourth on his seasonal re-appearance.
"He needed that run and will strip fitter this time around. He will be helped by a fast pace, and Mickael Barzalona will again have the ride. Capponi has done nothing but improve, and he will be ridden by Ahmed Ajtebi, who rides well from the front."
Bin Suroor's Dubai World Cup hopes rest with Mendip (De Sousa) and Prince Bishop (Dettori).
"They are both in good form, but both have wide draws," said the trainer.