MARE TO CHALLENGE

TRAINER John Shirreffs says Life is Sweet will be shipped to Dubai to compete in the world's richest race on March 27.

TRAINER John Shirreffs says Life is Sweet will be shipped to Dubai to compete in the world's richest race on March 27.

The 5-year-old mare won the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic the day before stablemate Zenyatta improved to 14-0 with a win over the boys in the $5million (about R38million) BC Classic on November 7.

The Dubai World Cup will be held at the new Meydan Racecourse. It is the showcase race of an eight-race card with a total purse money of more than $26million (about R197million).

"She's just a really nice mare," Shirreffs said.

"She's training extremely well. Whoever is in the field, I think she compares well with any of them."

Others expected for the World Cup include Gio Ponti, the champion older male and turf horse who finished second to Zenyatta in the BC Classic, and Japan's two-time Horse of the Year Vodka, a six-year-old mare.

The World Cup will be run over a synthetic Tapeta surface.

Life is Sweet has run many of her races on synthetic surfaces in California and Kentucky, but has never run over Tapeta.

She has run about 2km only once, finishing third in the 2009 Hollywood Gold Cup in her only start against males.

"I don't think distance will be an issue, and I think the surface will be in her favour, too," Shirreffs said.

Life is Sweet ran second to St Trinians in the Santa Maria Handicap on February 13 in her last start.

The horse is owned by Marty and Pam Wygod. - Sapa-AP

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