Five five-year-olds and four six-year-olds have won the race which covers most of the field with only Hokko Tarumae
older at seven and he bids to become only the second seven-year-old winner.
Just out of the starting gate, Japanese dirt champion Hokko Tarumae
set a strong pace for the race.
5.00 Meydan Sporting (50:25:10) 23-26 California Chrome, 16-19 Lea, 10-13 African Story, Epiphaneia, 7-9 Hokko Tarumae
, 5-7 Prince Bishop, 3-5 Candy Boy, 2-4 Side Glance, 0.5-2 Long River.
Other notable winners competing for the $10m prize are the Australian Grade 1 winner, Side Glance, Japan's dirt champion, Hokko Tarumae
and UAE Group 1 winner, Prince Bishop, who finished a narrow second behind African Story in the warm-up race, finishing strongly after perhaps having been held back too long.
Godolphin representative Jimmy Bell was invited on stage after most of the sought-after barriers had been already chosen, leaving him to opt for gate 9, where Frosted was flanked on either side by Japanese raider Hokko Tarumae
(No 8) and American hope Hoppertunity (No 10).
Emirates Dubai World Cup (March 28) Paddy Power: 5-2 California Chrome, 7 Constitution, Lea, 12 African Story, Epiphaneia, Hokko Tarumae
, Ron The Greek, 14 bar.
Japanese runner Hokko Tarumae
was fifth last year and hasn't done anything to suggest he will improve on that.
JAPAN'S foremost dirt performer Hokko Tarumae
will make a return visit to the Dubai World Cup after he completed a Grade 1 hat-trick with a repeat victory in the Kawasaki Kinen yesterday.
"He kind of lost of his stride a little bit on the (home) turn because the horse on the inside (Hokko Tarumae
) pushed me out.
Top dirt horse Hokko Tarumae
is also likely to travel with the World Cup on his agenda, while Japanese 1,000 Guineas winner Harp Star goes for either the Sheema Classic or Dubai Turf.
Japan's best dirt horse Hokko Tarumae
is also ticking all the right boxes as he returns for a repeat attempt at the world's richest race, while turf star Epiphaneia is hoping to make an impression.
Also lining up to challenge for the $10 million (Dh36.7 million) contest on Saturday is the Japanese duo of Hokko Tarumae
and Epiphaneia and British hope Side Glance, who returns for a third shot at the prize.