Our live coverage of the Dubai World Cup, as it happened
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Dubai World Cup: It's a wrap!
By Leslie Wilson Jr., Racing & Special Features Writer
Dubai: He came, he saw, he conquered. Arrogate, the highest rated horse in the world overcame a shocking start to win the 22nd running of the $10 million Dubai World Cup (Group 1), sending a crowd of over 40,000 fans into a frenzy at the iconic Meydan Racecourse on Saturday.
After missing the break at the start of the 2,000 metre contest, which left him trailing his 13 rivals, the imposing grey son of Unbridled steadily worked his way back into the race under a super confident Mike Smith, before pulling away in the final furlong to win in glorious fashion.
Fellow American-trained Gun Runner, ridden by Frenchman Florent Geroux for trainer Steve Asmussen, best remembered for training Curlin to victory in the 2008 Dubai World Cup, finished 2 ¼ lengths behind the Arrogate while the Todd Pletcher-trained Neolithic, with John Velazquez in the irons, was third, a further five lengths further back.
South African-trained Mubtaahij, second in this race last year behind California Chrome, finished fourth for Christophe Soumillon.
Mike Smith, Arrogate’s 51-year-old rider and one of the leading jockeys in US thoroughbred racing since the early 1990s, was ecstatic and said: "When I missed the break I immediately thought of Zenyatta. I thought 'I've got so much confidence in this horse I'm going to ride him like Zenyatta' and it paid off.
"I missed the break completely because he's used to having a man in the gate with him, but things happen for a reason and thank the Lord we got the job done.”
Smith rode Zenyatta, who was trained by John Shirreffs, to 14 of his 16 victories between 2008 and 2010.
"This horse can do anything, he can win in the lead, he can come from dead last, he hasn't even taken a breath,” he added.
"I get a lot of the glory, but there's a big team who deserve a lot of credit."
Baffert admitted to being mortified after Arrogate was sluggish out of the stalls but said: "When he missed the break, I gave him no chance at all.
"I was so mad at myself thinking I shouldn't have brought him - that's the greatest horse I've ever seen run, it's unbelievable, I can't believe he won. That is a great horse.
"Mike did a great job, he didn't panic. When he turned for home I said 'If he wins he's the greatest since Secretariat'."
Arrogate has been unbeatable in the United States since finishing third in his debut. He has now has won four straight Grade 1 or Group 1 races, including the Breeders’ Cup Classic and the Pegasus Cup earlier this year.
His victory on Saturday has driven his career earning past the $17 million mark making him the highest earning horse in American racing history.
Baffert, who trained the 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, previously won the Dubai World Cup with Silver Charm in 1998 and Captain Steve in 2001.
Arrogate races in the colours of Prince Khalid Abdullah, the first cousin and brother-in-law of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabi, who also owned the great Frankel.
He has amassed over $80 million in career prize money.
Abdullah has won more than 150 Group 1 races worldwide with more than 125 by homebreds such as Flintshire, Emollient, Seek Again, Empire Maker, Banks Hill, Dancing Brave, and Frankel.
He also owns the outstanding Juddmote Farm breeding operation. In 2016, Arrogate gave Juddmonte its fifth career Breeders' Cup win when he outfinished California Chrome to win the $6 million Classic. After the 2016 season, Juddmonte Farms was named the Eclipse Award winner as outstanding owner.
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Shaikh Mohammad: 'Another sports milestone'
Today at the Dubai World Cup, the UAE achieved another sports milestone; we were proud to host the world’s most prestigious equestrian event— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) March 25, 2017
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Arrogate now the highest-earning racehorse ever
Dubai: Arrogate showed his class again in the Dubai World Cup as he came from last place after a delay out of the stalls to win by an impressive 2 1/4 lengths on Saturday.
With the win, four-year-old Arrogate became the highest-earning racehorse ever, surpassing California Chrome, winner of the same race last year. Arrogate has grossed $17,084,600 for winning seven races out of eight in his career.
In the second richest horse race in the world at $10 million, run over dirt and 2,000 meters at Meydan Racecourse, Arrogate produced a powerful finish under jockey Mike Smith to beat Gun Runner and Neolithic in a 1-2-3 for the US.
The winning time was 2 minutes, 2.15 seconds — slower than the course record set by Chrome last year — but understandable given the soft conditions after a second straight day of rain and thunderstorms in Dubai.
Arrogate gave trainer Bob Baffert his third Dubai World Cup after Silver Charm (1998), and Captain Steve (2001).
Vivlos of Japan, trained by Yasuo Tomomichi and ridden by Joao Moreira, won the Dubai Turf over 1,800 meters, one of the two races on the card offering $6 million prize money. Moreira left it late to break from the outside and catch Heshem and Godolphin's Ribchester over the last 100 meters.
Ribchester, under William Buick, looked solid until caught by Heshem with less than 100 meters to go. Both were outsprinted by Vivlos to give Japan a second win in the race in two years. Real Steel, who was a non-runner this year, had won in 2016.
The other $6 million race, the Group 1 Dubai Sheema Classic over 2,410 meters, was claimed comfortably by Godolphin-owned and John Gosden-trained Jack Hobbs.
In a race in which only seven went to the post, Jack Hobbs was bunched up with three others but jockey William Buick forced a powerful finish in which Jack Hobbs surged from 300 meters out to beat Seventh Heaven and Postponed, the defending champion.
Belgian jockey Christophe Soumillon was a back-to-back winner, making a very late charge on Vazirabad to win the 3,200-meter Group 2 Dubai Gold Cup, followed by a photo-finish in the UAE Derby when he powered Godolphin's Thunder Snow to finish ahead by a nose over Epicharis.
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Arrogate wins Dubai World Cup thriller
Dubai: Overwhelming favourite Arrogate won the Dubai World Cup on Saturday, overcoming a poor start to claim the $10 million race.
The Bob Baffert trained horse and with Mike Smith in the saddle came home ahead of Gun Runner in second and Neolithic who took third place.
Four-year-old Arrogate went into the race as the odds-on favourite after an impressive win in the Breeders' Cup Classic but after a slow start out of the stalls, Smith had to weave his way through the field.
Gun Runner was ahead at the turn but Smith and Arrogate stepped up their final push down the straight at Meydan as Baffert claimed a third win in the race.
Baffert admitted that he feared the worst for his horse after the sloppy start.
“That was 'Plan F'!," said Baffert. "But that's the best I've ever seen in my life, it's unbelievable
“I guess he knew where he was but it just goes to show you how great this horse is, he's just a great horse. Mike did a great job, he didn't panic."
'That’s the best I’ve ever seen in my life'
Bob Baffert, trainer of Dubai World Cup winning horse Arrogate:
“That was plan F. I just can’t believe it, Mike Smith did a tremendous job, he didn’t panic, I guess he knew where he was but it goes to show you how great this horse is.
“He’s just a great horse, that horse, what he did, that’s all class you know. That’s the best I’ve ever seen in my life.”
Watch: Arrogate wins the #DubaiWorldCup!
Watch: Arrogate wins #DubaiWorldCup!
Classification RACE 9 - DUBAI WORLD CUP
FP GATE RACE 9 - DUBAI WORLD CUP TRAINER 1st 9 ARROGATE (USA) B Baffert 2nd 5 GUN RUNNER (USA) S Asmussen 3rd 11 NEOLITHIC (USA) T Pletcher 4th 14 MUBTAAHIJ (IRE) M de Kock 5th 7 AWARDEE (USA) M Matsunaga 6th 12 HOPPERTUNITY (USA) B Baffert 7th 10 KEEN ICE (USA) T Pletcher 8th 4 LANI (USA) M Matsunaga 9th 1 APOLLO KENTUCKY (USA) K Yamauchi 10th 6 MOVE UP (GB) S bin Suroor 11th 2 LONG RIVER (USA) S bin Ghadayer 12th 13 SPECIAL FIGHTER (IRE) M Ritchie 13th 8 FURIA CRUZADA (CHI) E Charpy 14th 3 GOLD DREAM (JPN) O Hirata
Arrogate, trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Mike Smith, wins the $10-million Dubai World Cup.
Watch: Arrogate wins the #DubaiWorldCup and becomes the highest earning horse in history. More on the race with Leslie Wilson, special features writer.
Next up is the 8.45pm Group One 2000m Dubai World Cup on dirt, prize money US$10 million
RACE 9 - DUBAI WORLD CUP TRAINER 1 APOLLO KENTUCKY (USA) K Yamauchi 2 LONG RIVER (USA) S bin Ghadayer 3 GOLD DREAM (JPN) O Hirata 4 LANI (USA) M Matsunaga 5 GUN RUNNER (USA) S Asmussen 6 MOVE UP (GB) S bin Suroor 7 AWARDEE (USA) M Matsunaga 8 FURIA CRUZADA (CHI) E Charpy 9 ARROGATE (USA) B Baffert 10 KEEN ICE (USA) T Pletcher 11 NEOLITHIC (USA) T Pletcher 12 HOPPERTUNITY (USA) B Baffert 13 SPECIAL FIGHTER (IRE) M Ritchie 14 MUBTAAHIJ (IRE) M de Kock
'It’s been a thrilling occasion'
Rachel Gosden, wife of the trainer John Gosden for Dubai Sheema Classic winner Jack Hobbs said:
“He just ran the most fantastic race, and William [Buick] rode a beautiful race and we are all overjoyed to see him, the horse, really show his worth, because we’ve always believed he’s a really good horse and he showed it today and that’s thrilling.”
Regarding the head gear, she added: “We just wanted to make sure he could do himself justice in this fabulous arena on this wonderful night and I think Shaikh Mohammad and John probably talked about it and we are really just along to watch from scenes and enjoy. It’s been a thrilling occasion and we couldn’t have asked from Jack, William, my husband as the trainer our partners and the wonderful people who look after Jack on a day to day basis, so it’s a tremendous nights for us all.”
Classification RACE 8 - DUBAI SHEEMA CLASSIC
FP GATE RACE 8 - DUBAI SHEEMA CLASSIC TRAINER 1st 2 JACK HOBBS (GB) J Gosden 2nd 6 SEVENTH HEAVEN (IRE) A O'Brien 3rd 7 POSTPONED (IRE) R Varian 4th 5 PRIZE MONEY (GB) S bin Suroor 5th 1 EARNSHAW (USA) S bin Ghadayer 6th 4 SOUNDS OF EARTH (JPN) K Fujioka 7th 3 HIGHLAND REEL (IRE) A O'Brien
Jack Hobbs ridden by William Buick wins the $6 million Dubai Sheema Classic.
William Buick celebrate as he rode Jack Hobbs trained by John Gosden to win the Longines Dubai Sheema Classic race. Photo: Virendra Saklani/Gulf News— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) March 25, 2017
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Next up is the 8.05pm, Group One, 2410m, Dubai Sheema Classic on turf, prize money US$6,000,000
RACE 8 - DUBAI SHEEMA CLASSIC TRAINER 1 EARNSHAW (USA) S bin Ghadayer 2 JACK HOBBS (GB) J Gosden 3 HIGHLAND REEL (IRE) A O'Brien 4 SOUNDS OF EARTH (JPN) K Fujioka 5 PRIZE MONEY (GB) S bin Suroor 6 SEVENTH HEAVEN (IRE) A O'Brien 7 POSTPONED (IRE) R Varian
'Very, very special'
Joao Moreira, the jockey of Dubai Turf winner Vivlos, said: “As I say once again: good horses make a jockey’s life easier. Look, it’s one of the biggest races in the world, if not the biggest it’s one of at least, just being part of it is a pleasure, getting a winner makes it become very, very special.”
Watch: Race 7 - The Dubai Turf just ended! What were the results.
Classification RACE 7 - DUBAI TURF
FP GATE RACE 7 - DUBAI TURF TRAINER 1st 9 VIVLOS (JPN) Y Tomomichi 2nd 3 HESHEM (IRE) C Ferland 3rd 1 RIBCHESTER (IRE) R Fahey 4th 2 ZARAK (FR) A De Royer-Dupré 5th 6 MUTAKAYYEF (GB) W Haggas 6th 4 DECORATED KNIGHT (GB) R Charlton 7th 12 DEAUVILLE (IRE) A O'Brien 8th 11 COUGAR MOUNTAIN (IRE) A O'Brien 9th 10 DEBT COLLECTOR (NZ) C Brown 10th 8 VERY SPECIAL (IRE) S bin Suroor 11th 7 MONDIALISTE (IRE) D O'Meara 12th 13 LONG ISLAND SOUND (USA) A O'Brien 13th 5 OPAL TIARA (IRE) M Channon
Vivlos ridden by Joao Moreira wins the $6-million Dubai Turf race.
Joao Moreira delivered a masterclass aboard Vivlos, rallying his horse from the back of the 13-horse field to prise out a halflength victory over French challenger Heshem, the mount of Gregory Benoit. Photo: Virendra Saklani/Gulf News
Next race is the 7.30pm Group One, 1,800m, Dubai Turf on turf, prize money US6,000,000
RACE 7 - DUBAI TURF TRAINER 1 RIBCHESTER (IRE) R Fahey 2 ZARAK (FR) A De Royer-Dupré 3 HESHEM (IRE) C Ferland 4 DECORATED KNIGHT (GB) R Charlton 5 OPAL TIARA (IRE) M Channon 6 MUTAKAYYEF (GB) W Haggas 7 MONDIALISTE (IRE) D O'Meara 8 VERY SPECIAL (IRE) S bin Suroor 9 VIVLOS (JPN) Y Tomomichi 10 DEBT COLLECTOR (NZ) C Brown 11 COUGAR MOUNTAIN (IRE) A O'Brien 12 DEAUVILLE (IRE) A O'Brien 13 LONG ISLAND SOUND (USA) A O'Brien
Full report: UAE Derby
By Alaric Gomes, Senior Reporter
Soumillon relives tough race reining in three-year-old colt in UAE Derby
Dubai: Thunder Snow handed Godolphin their first win of the night with an exhilarating run and win by a nose from Japanese challenger Epicharis in the Group 2, $2 million UAE Derby at the Meydan racetrack on Saturday.
The win from the Dubai-based stable denied Epicharis the rare possibility of becoming the second Japanese horse following last year’s champion Lani in the 1, 3/16-mile dirt fixture for Northern Hemisphere 3-year-olds and Southern Hemisphere 4-year-olds.
Abdullah Mohammad Juma Al Naboodah, Chairman, Saeed & Mohammad Al Naboodah Holding LLC was joined by Hamad Abdullah Mohammad Juma Al Naboodah, Deputy General Manager, Al Naboodah Real Estate Investment LLC in presenting the trophies to the winning combination.
Saeed Bin Surour was convinced in the ability of this colt of Helmet and Eatern Joy. “He has shown it more than once in the past while winning a Group 1 in France followed by the Guineas and then in the UAE Derby. And this evening’s performance definitely shows that he is something special,” Bin Surour said.
“And to us it shows that he has a future as well. Look at that finish. It simply meant that he has a big heart and the rest was left to the jockey. He didn’t disappoint us or the horse,” he added.
It was a second Japanese challenger Adirato taking the early initiative with Epicharis and Cosmo Charlie in hot pursuit. Epicharis made a sudden move just past the halfway mark to lead by a couple of lengths even as Adirato tried to keep pace. With 900 metres gone and the left rail approaching it was Brazilian runner Vettori Kin and Mike de Kock’s three-year-old American colt Fawree pushing towards a likely tight finish.
It was then that Godolphin jockey Christophe Soumillon made his move on the outside egging his ride towards the Kiyoshi Hagiwara-trained Epicharis and win by the barest margin of a nose.
Jockey Soumillon went through the motions of the race when he narrated how he had managed to pull his ride back on track midway through the race. “And all along I was confident even though he showed signs of getting scared a couple of times. But I managed to rein him in each time. And then, as he came into the last turn he put his nose completely on the left and didn’t turn well,” Soumillon said.
“But once I came onto the straight he was just waiting for that sprint. I was trying to get him concentrate and come close from the near horse. But unfortunately when we arrived at the 200-metre mark he got scared and changed legs and hung. I told myself that I needed to concentrate, and that’s exactly what I did while bringing him home,” the jockey added.
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Classification RACE 6 - DUBAI GOLDEN SHAHEEN
FP GATE RACE 6 - DUBAI GOLDEN SHAHEEN TRAINER 1st 14 MIND YOUR BISCUITS (USA) C Summers 2nd 13 COMICAS (USA) C Appleby 3rd 2 MORAWIJ (GB) D Selvaratnam 4th 11 ST JOE BAY (USA) P Miller 5th 5 COOL COWBOY (USA) D Watson 6th 1 STALLWALKIN' DUDE (USA) D Jacobson 7th 10 NOT LISTENIN'TOME (AUS) J Moore 8th 12 REYNALDOTHEWIZARD (USA) S Seemar 9th 4 DUNDONNELL (USA) C Fownes 10th 8 MY CATCH (IRE) D Watson 11th 7 DIOS CORRIDA (JPN) Y Takahashi 12th 9 HIGH ON LIFE (GB) S bin Ghadayer 13th 3 WILD DUDE (USA) M Halford 14th 6 MUARRAB (GB) A Al Rayhi
Mind Your Biscuits wins the $2-million Dubai Golden Shaheen.
Mind Your Biscuits ridden by Joel Rosario on his way to win Dubai Golden Shaheen sponsored by Gulf News. Photo: Atiq ur Rehman/Gulf News
Abdul Hamid Ahmad, Editor-in-Chief, and Executive Director, Publications, Al Nisr Publishing, handing over the trophy to the trainer Chad Summers, after MIND YOUR BISCUITS (USA) ridden by the Joel Rosario wins the Dubai Golden Shaheen race, sponsored by Gulf News at Meydan Racecourse, during the Dubai World Cup 2017 in Dubai. Photo: Ahmed Ramzan/Gulf News
Abdul Hamid Ahmad, Editor-in-Chief of Gulf News and Executive Director Publications of Al Nisr Publishing, hands over the trophy to the jockey Joel Rosario, after MIND YOUR BISCUITS (USA) ridden by the Joel Rosario wins the Dubai Golden Shaheen race, sponsored by Gulf News at Meydan Racecourse, during the Dubai World Cup 2017 in Dubai. Photo: Ahmed Ramzan/Gulf News— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) March 25, 2017
Next up at 6.35pm is the Group 1, 1,200m, Dubai Golden Shaheen on dirt, prize money US$2,000,000
RACE 6 - DUBAI GOLDEN SHAHEEN TRAINER 1 STALLWALKIN' DUDE (USA) D Jacobson 2 MORAWIJ (GB) D Selvaratnam 3 WILD DUDE (USA) M Halford 4 DUNDONNELL (USA) C Fownes 5 COOL COWBOY (USA) D Watson 6 MUARRAB (GB) A Al Rayhi 7 DIOS CORRIDA (JPN) Y Takahashi 8 MY CATCH (IRE) D Watson 9 HIGH ON LIFE (GB) S bin Ghadayer 10 NOT LISTENIN'TOME (AUS) J Moore 11 ST JOE BAY (USA) P Miller 12 REYNALDOTHEWIZARD (USA) S Seemar 13 COMICAS (USA) C Appleby 14 MIND YOUR BISCUITS (USA) C Summers
Classification RACE 5 - AL QOUZ SPRINT
FP GATE RACE 5 - AL QOUZ SPRINT TRAINER 1st 3 THE RIGHT MAN (GB) D Guillemin 2nd 7 LONG ON VALUE (USA) W Mott 3rd 6 ERTIJAAL (IRE) A Al Rayhi 4th 5 JUNGLE CAT (IRE) C Appleby 5th 9 RICHARD'S BOY (USA) P Miller 6th 1 AMAZING KIDS (NZ) J Size 7th 10 WASHINGTON DC (IRE) A O'Brien 8th 4 FINAL VENTURE (GB) P Midgley 9th 2 MEDICEAN MAN (GB) J Gask 10th 11 LIMATO (IRE) H Candy 11th 12 BACCARAT (IRE) C Appleby 12th 8 FINSBURY SQUARE (IRE) F Chappet
The Right Man ridden by Francois-Xavier Bertras wins the $1-million Al Quoz Sprint race.
The Right Man, ridden by jockey Francois Xavier Bertas and trained by Didier Guillemin wins the Al Quoz Sprint race. Photo: Virendra Saklani/Gulf News— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) March 25, 2017
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Next up is the 6pm, Group One, 1,200m, Al Quoz Sprint on turf, prize money US$1,000,000
RACE 5 - AL QUOZ SPRINT TRAINER 1 AMAZING KIDS (NZ) J Size 2 MEDICEAN MAN (GB) J Gask 3 THE RIGHT MAN (GB) D Guillemin 4 FINAL VENTURE (GB) P Midgley 5 JUNGLE CAT (IRE) C Appleby 6 ERTIJAAL (IRE) A Al Rayhi 7 LONG ON VALUE (USA) W Mott 8 FINSBURY SQUARE (IRE) F Chappet 9 RICHARD'S BOY (USA) P Miller 10 WASHINGTON DC (IRE) A O'Brien 11 LIMATO (IRE) H Candy 12 BACCARAT (IRE) C Appleby
John Ferguson, chief executive officer of Godolphin, which owns UAE Derby winner Thunder Snow, said:
“He’s an amazingly consistent horse, he won a group one in Europe, he was the top rated English trained horse two year old last year, he’s come out here and he’s been admirably consistent, and well done to Saeed [Bin Suroor] and all his team.
"The horse that finished second is a top horse from Japan, so again another really good international race, I’m delighted for Saeed the team and all of Godolphin and Shaikh Mohammad that he got his head in front.”
On the possibility of competing in the Kentucky Derby next, he added: “Well, obviously, that’s something for Saeed Bin Suroor and the team to really think about, but it’s obviously an option.”
Classification RACE 4 - UAE DERBY
FP GATE RACE 4 - UAE DERBY TRAINER 1st 13 THUNDER SNOW (IRE) S bin Suroor 2nd 10 EPICHARIS (JPN) K Hagiwara 3rd 2 MASTER PLAN (USA) T Pletcher 4th 3 LANCASTER BOMBER (USA) A O'Brien 5th 9 FLY AT DAWN (USA) C Appleby 6th 1 QATAR MAN (IRE) M Botti 7th 6 FAWREE (USA) M de Kock 8th 12 SPIRIT OF VALOR (USA) A O'Brien 9th 11 HE RUNS AWAY (ARG) R Colombo 10th 8 VETTORI KIN (BRZ) K McPeek 11th 5 TOP SCORE (GB) S bin Suroor 12th 16 ADIRATO (JPN) N Sugai 13th 15 COSMO CHARLIE (USA) D Watson 14th 14 NOMORERICHBLONDES (USA) A bin Harmash 15th 7 BEE JERSEY (USA) D Watson 16th 4 MIDNIGHT CHICA (USA) D Selvaratnam
Thunder Snow ridden by Christophe Soumillon wins the $2-million UAE Derby.
Thunder Snow, ridden by jockey Christophe Sumillon (in blue) and trained by Saeed Bin Surooor wins the UAE Derby race. Photo: Virendra Saklani/Gulf News— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) March 25, 2017
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Next up is the 5.25pm, Group 2, 1,900m, UAE Derby on dirt, prize money US$2,000,000
RACE 4 - UAE DERBY TRAINER 1 QATAR MAN (IRE) M Botti 2 MASTER PLAN (USA) T Pletcher 3 LANCASTER BOMBER (USA) A O'Brien 4 MIDNIGHT CHICA (USA) D Selvaratnam 5 TOP SCORE (GB) S bin Suroor 6 FAWREE (USA) M de Kock 7 BEE JERSEY (USA) D Watson 8 VETTORI KIN (BRZ) K McPeek 9 FLY AT DAWN (USA) C Appleby 10 EPICHARIS (JPN) K Hagiwara 11 HE RUNS AWAY (ARG) R Colombo 12 SPIRIT OF VALOR (USA) A O'Brien 13 THUNDER SNOW (IRE) S bin Suroor 14 NOMORERICHBLONDES (USA) A bin Harmash 15 COSMO CHARLIE (USA) D Watson 16 ADIRATO (JPN) N Sugai
Georges Rimaud, racing manager to Aga Khan, owner of Vazirabad, winner of the Dubai Gold Cup, said:
“We’re here again and that’s great. We came a bit earlier this time and the horse acclimatised properly, he’s doing very well and Christophe (Soumillon) riding him is obviously a good thing and he knows the track well. He worried me a little bit on the outside but he has confidence in the horse and it worked out well, so we’re very pleased. He does have that [a very sharp turn of foot], he’s a great horse.”
Classification Race 3 - DUBAI GOLD CUP
FP GATE RACE 3 - DUBAI GOLD CUP TRAINER 1st 3 VAZIRABAD (FR) A De Royer-Dupré 2nd 11 BEAUTIFUL ROMANCE (GB) S bin Suroor 3rd 1 SHEIKHZAYEDROAD (GB D Simcock 4th 7 BIG ORANGE (GB) M Bell 5th 5 ZAMAAM (GB) E Charpy 6th 4 WALL OF FIRE (IRE) H Palmer 7th 9 REMBRANDT VAN RIJN (IRE) S bin Ghadayer 8th 13 BASATEEN (IRE) D Watson 9th 6 QUEST FOR MORE (IRE) R Charlton 10th 2 FAMOUS KID (USA) S bin Suroor 11th 12 HEARTBREAK CITY (FR) T Martin 12th 10 QUECHUA (ARG) R Le Grange 13th 14 TRIP TO PARIS (IRE) E Dunlop 14th 8 KINGFISHER (IRE) A O'Brien
Vazirabad wins the $1-million Dubai Gold Cup race.— Gulf News (@gulf_news) March 25, 2017
Vazirabad, left, ridden by jockey Christophe Soumillon and trained by Alain De Royer-Dupre wins the Dubai Gold Cup race. Photo: Virendra Saklani/Gulf News