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By Tom Peacock

Planteur led the British contingent as they made their presence felt at Meydan yesterday ahead of tomorrow’s Dubai World Cup.

All horses and most trainers have now jetted in for tomorrow's meeting — the feature is the world’s richest race, worth almost £4m to the winner — although Aidan O'Brien has yet to make the trip to the Gulf.

The master of Ballydoyle is due to arrive tonight, but his team were still in action with Dubai World Cup favourite So You Think enjoying a gentle leg-stretch.

O'Brien's team had some light exercise, including Treasure Beach who was partnered by Jamie Spencer ahead of his Dubai Sheema Classic bid.

Spencer said: “He just did a gentle canter. They are all fit and well and Aidan is happy with them.”

Marco Botti has arrived to supervise his runners and World Cup contender Planteur was one of those to strut his stuff.

“He seemed happy in his surroundings,” said Botti.

Meanwhile Montjeu, one of the greatest racehorses of the modern era and sire of three Epsom Derby winners, has died aged 16 after a short illness.

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