x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 18 January 2018

Saudi Arabian prince's two-horse strategy for World Cup

Khalid Abdullah plans to have two major players, in Twice Over and Byword, at the Dubai World Cup meeting.

Khalid Abdullah, the Saudi Arabian prince, plans to have two major players, in Twice Over and Byword, at the Dubai World Cup meeting at Meydan Racecourse in March.

The Henry Cecil-trained Twice Over will try to put the record straight in the big race after finishing 10th in the world's richest race in 2010. He did make amends in style, winning at the highest level in the Coral-Eclipse and the Emirates Airline Champion Stakes.

The Dubai Duty Free is the likely target of the Prince of Wales's Stakes winner Byword, trained in France by Andre Fabre.

"Twice Over is an absolute favourite of Warren Place and Juddmonte. He's done us so proud - I wish we had 10 like him," said Teddy Grimthorpe, the owner's racing manager. "Twice Over stays in training, as does Byword. Twice Over would head for the Dubai World Cup and Byword will go for the Duty Free."

Another Prince Abdullah star who will be flying the flag again next year is Midday. The Cecil-trained filly will attempt to add to her five Group One wins.

"She's just progressed tremendously well throughout the year," Grimthorpe told At The Races. "She wasn't quite ready at York, but Henry gave her the time and she came through for us. She stays in training."