Animal Kingdom, seen here winning the Kentucky Derby last year, will have the opportunity to compete at the Dubai World Cup.
Animal Kingdom, seen here winning the Kentucky Derby last year, will have the opportunity to compete at the Dubai World Cup.

Form suggests Animal Kingdom ready for Dubai World Cup, say owners

The connections behind Animal Kingdom say their Kentucky Derby winner is better than ever after his comfortable victory in America on Saturday night in preparation for a run in the Dubai World Cup.

Animal Kingdom secured an easy two-length success in a claiming race over eight and a half furlongs on his first run since suffering an injury in the Group 1 Belmont Stakes in June.

The four-year-old colt was pushed wide on the left-hand bend of Gulfstream Park in Florida but answered immediately to the urgings of jockey his John Velazquez to finish the final half a furlong in 5.65 seconds. "The second I started kissing at him in the stretch, he picked right up and took off," Velazquez said. "It was a great feeling today and great to have him back. He felt as good as ever."

Barry Irwin, the chief executive to the owners Team Valor, highlighted that the fluid nature of the win left a lot to work on before the horse's date at Meydan Racecourse on March 31.

"All we were worried about was having him run too big," he said. "We didn't want to see a big race and have him leave it on the track. He's much better now than he was last year, we can tell by the way he trains and the way he looks."

The last horse to win the Kentucky Derby and then the Dubai World Cup was Silver Charm in 1998.


Director: Damien Chazelle

Stars: Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Jean Smart

Rating: 4/5


Started: 2023
Co-founders: Arto Bendiken and Talal Thabet
Based: Dubai, UAE
Industry: AI
Number of employees: 41
Funding: About $1.7 million
Investors: Self, family and friends

Important questions to consider

1. Where on the plane does my pet travel?

There are different types of travel available for pets:

  • Manifest cargo
  • Excess luggage in the hold
  • Excess luggage in the cabin

Each option is safe. The feasibility of each option is based on the size and breed of your pet, the airline they are traveling on and country they are travelling to.


2. What is the difference between my pet traveling as manifest cargo or as excess luggage?

If traveling as manifest cargo, your pet is traveling in the front hold of the plane and can travel with or without you being on the same plane. The cost of your pets travel is based on volumetric weight, in other words, the size of their travel crate.

If traveling as excess luggage, your pet will be in the rear hold of the plane and must be traveling under the ticket of a human passenger. The cost of your pets travel is based on the actual (combined) weight of your pet in their crate.


3. What happens when my pet arrives in the country they are traveling to?

As soon as the flight arrives, your pet will be taken from the plane straight to the airport terminal.

If your pet is traveling as excess luggage, they will taken to the oversized luggage area in the arrival hall. Once you clear passport control, you will be able to collect them at the same time as your normal luggage. As you exit the airport via the ‘something to declare’ customs channel you will be asked to present your pets travel paperwork to the customs official and / or the vet on duty. 

If your pet is traveling as manifest cargo, they will be taken to the Animal Reception Centre. There, their documentation will be reviewed by the staff of the ARC to ensure all is in order. At the same time, relevant customs formalities will be completed by staff based at the arriving airport. 


4. How long does the travel paperwork and other travel preparations take?

This depends entirely on the location that your pet is traveling to. Your pet relocation compnay will provide you with an accurate timeline of how long the relevant preparations will take and at what point in the process the various steps must be taken.

In some cases they can get your pet ‘travel ready’ in a few days. In others it can be up to six months or more.


5. What vaccinations does my pet need to travel?

Regardless of where your pet is traveling, they will need certain vaccinations. The exact vaccinations they need are entirely dependent on the location they are traveling to. The one vaccination that is mandatory for every country your pet may travel to is a rabies vaccination.

Other vaccinations may also be necessary. These will be advised to you as relevant. In every situation, it is essential to keep your vaccinations current and to not miss a due date, even by one day. To do so could severely hinder your pets travel plans.

Source: Pawsome Pets UAE


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