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DUBAI – Godolphin’s Thunder Snow, trained by Saeed bin Surour and saddled by Christophe Soumillon, made history on Saturday winning the Dubai World Cup race at Meydan Racecourse.
Thunder Snow was followed by West Coast from the US, while Ireland’s while Mubtaahij came in third place.
Trainer Saeed bin Suroor has dominated the Saturday’s 2000 metre main event, the Dubai World Cup, sponsored by Emirates Airline, and won the US $10 million feature for a stunning eighth time.
The spectacular day of racing boasts total purses of $30 mn for 9 Group races.
Thunder Snow’s win took his career tally to seven wins in 18 starts and provided bin Suroor with his eighth Dubai World Cup win from 42 runners — a record which towers across his rivals.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai; Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai; Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance; and a number of other sheikhs, senior officials, owners of stables and VIP guests watched the 23rd edition of Dubai World Cup.
Sheikh Hamdan received the gold cup from Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid.
Commenting on the thrilling victory, Sheikh Mohammed said, “It was a pleasant surprise.”
The Dubai World Cup drew participation of 118 horses from across the world, including the host UAE, United States, Canada, Great Britain, France, Ireland, China and Japan.
Thunder Snow capped off a remarkable evening for Sheikh Mohammed as it was Godolphin’s fourth of the night, and the second leg of doubles for Soumillon and bin Suroor.
“Saeed gave me lot of confidence before the race. I wasn’t ready to ride him that positively and I thought there would be more speed on the inside. He jumped so well that I thought I would have to make it. The first time I rode him I thought that when he leads that no-one can beat him, but it is difficult to make it,” jockey Soumillon said.
“However, it wasn’t that difficult in the end. Saeed did a great job and the horse made everything — it makes the jockey’s life so easy when ride you great horses. I’m in heaven now, I’m not sure exactly what’s going on but we’re going to have a big party tonight.”
Bin Suroor added: “I am very happy with the horse and jockey. I told Christophe the horse has a good turn of foot and I told him to use it. The jockey is the best of the best.
“When I saw him he was confident in front and I thought surely the horse was going to win from then.
“We have the best owner in Sheikh Mohammed. He is the best leader and gives us the best horses. It is a brilliant win and I will give the trophy to my mother and brothers and family,”
“It was always on my mind to run him in the Dubai World Cup and he will have a break now, before running in Europe or America,” he added.
Nearly 70,000 fans of horse racing from different nationalities and cultures also watched the event.
In 2017, the winner was Juddmonte Farm’s Arrogate, a four-year-old grey colt trained in the United States.
Race 9: Dubai World Cup, winner Thunder Snow (IRE)
Race 8: Longines Dubai Sheema Classic, winner Hawkbill (USA)
Race 7: Dubai Turf, winner Benbatl (GB)
Race 6: Dubai Golden Shaheen, winner Mind Your Biscuits (USA)
Race 5: Al Quoz Sprint, winner Jungle Cat (IRE)
Race 4: UAE Derby, winner Mendelssohn (USA)
Race 3: Dubai Gold Cup, winner Vazirabad (FR)
Race 2: Dubai Kahayla Classic, winner Tallaab Al Khalediah (KSA)
Race 1: Godolphin Mile, winner Heavy Metal (GB)
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