California Chrome comes to Dubai having 'never carried so much' weight

Trainer Art Sherman departed America for Dubai on Monday unburdened by the weight of expectation surrounding California Chrome’s first run in a handicap at Meydan on Thursday.

The Dubai World Cup favourite was entered alongside eight others in the 0-95 handicap over 2,000 metres and the five-year-old chestnut is set to carry 60kgs, the heaviest load he has shouldered in his 19-race career. He will have to give at least 7.5kgs to his rivals.

The last US horse to prep for the world’s most valuable race in a handicap in Dubai was subsequent World Cup winner Curlin, who also carried 60ks to victory in the Jaguar Trophy at Nad Al Sheba in 2008.