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Dubai World Cup: Monterosso ends Godolphin drought

Godolphin won the Dubai World Cup feature race for the first time since 2006 as Mickael Barzalona crossed the finish line first onboard Monterosso. Round-up of all races
Daddy Long Legs won the UAE Derby.
Daddy Long Legs won the UAE Derby.

Race 3, Dubai Gold Cup – won by Opinion Poll (race rescheduled after original race was suspended following an injury to Fox Hunt)

Frankie Dettori rounded off a superb evening for the Godolphin by winning the Dubai Gold Cup, which was re-run, on Opinion Poll.

The jockey completed a personal double after his triumph on African Story in the second race, the Godolphin Mile. It was the Duabi operation's third prize of the night after Mickael Barzalona had steered Monterosso to win the Dubai World Cup.

The race was rescheduled as the final event of the nine-race card following Fox Hunt, another Godolphin runner ridden by Silvestre de Sousa, had to be put down after breaking both his forelegs in a horrendous fall.

The race was called off after the horses had covered around 300 metres as the fallen horse could not be cleared as it lay on the middle of the track and on the turn of the home stretch of the 3,200m distance race.

Two more horses were pulled up when the race was re-run. Grand Event, the Godolphin entry, was first at the half-way stage, and Bronze Cannon, immediately after.

Race 9, Dubai World Cup – won by Monterosso

Monterosso and Mickael Barzalona raced to a sensational Dubai World Cup triumph, the first in six years for Godolphin.

The Mahmoud Al Zarooni-trained Monterosso took up the running in the final 200 metres to win comfortably from stable companion Capponi, ridden by Ahmed Ajtebi, for a one-two finish for Al Zarooni.

Planteur, under Ryan Moore, was third ahead of So You Think, the favourite, ridden by Joseph O’Brien.

Transcend, the runner-up last year, set the early pace. The Godolphin quartet raced close behind, with Mendip first leading before Capponi, and then Monterosso, raced away to claim the US$10 million (Dh36.7m) prize.

Race 8, Dubai Sheema Classic – won by Cirrus Des Aigles

Cirrus Des Aigles gave France a win in the Dubai Sheema Classic, holding off a strong late challenge of St Nicholas Abbey over the 2,410-metre distance on the turf.

Olivier Peslier sent the Even Top gelding to the lead as the field swept on to the home stretch and then held on gamely to win by a neck from St Nicholas Abbey under Joseph O’Brien.

Peslier had Cirrus Des Aigles tucked behind the front-running Bold Silvano before mounting his challenge at the 400-metre pole.

O’Brien made smooth headway from the middle of the field but just did not have enough in the tank. Jakkalberry, under Ryan Moore, finished third.

Race 7, Dubai Duty Free – won by Cityscape

Cityscape turned the Dubai Duty Free in to a procession, winning the 1,800-metre race on the turf in a record time.

James Doyle, riding the six-year-old chestnut son of Silkirk for the first time in 17 career starts, produced a superb run on the home stretch to win by more than four lengths. Mike de Kock-trained Mutahadee, ridden by Christophe Soumillon, edged out Godolphin’s City Style by a head for the second place.

He clocked 1.48.64 to shave off 10th of a second from the time set by another De Kock-trained runner Mahbooba in the Al Rashidiya Trial on January 5.

Race 6, Dubai Golden Shaheen – won by Krypton Factor

Rocket Man’s title defence of the Golden Shaheen was foiled when Kieren Fallon produced a late run on Krypton Factor to win the sprint race on the Tapeta.

Felix Coetzee was quickly out of gate 1 and hit the front with the American runner Giant Ryan under Willie Martinez.

Fallon, who had ridden Kyllachy to two Carnival victories over the course and distance, came with an electrifying run to mow down Rocket Man in the last 200 metres to give the Bahraini trainer Fawzi Nass his first win in the Dubai World Cup meeting.

Krypton Factor won by more than two lengths from Rocket Man with Hong Kong’s Lucky Nine a further two lengths behind in third.

Race 5, Al Quoz Sprint – won by Ortensia

Craig Williams produced a blistering late run to come from last to first on Ortensia to win the Al Quoz Sprint for Australia.

The seven-year-old bay mare by Testa Rossa had a wall of horses in front of her as Williams moved her to the outside before stepping on the gas to win by one-and-a-quarter length from Sole Power and Joy And Fun.

Ortensia, with her biggest career victory, took her career record to 11 wins from 30 starts and the first mare and first Australian to win the prize of the race that was first run in 2007.

Race 4, UAE Derby – won by Daddy Long Legs

Daddy Long Legs won the UAE Derby for Aidan O’Brien to become the first trainer after Saeed bin Suroor and Mike de Kock to win the Group 2 race for three-year-olds was introduced in 2000.

Bin Suroor, the Godolphin trainer, had won the prize seven times, and the South African had claimed on five occasions, but the latter could only take fourth place with Mickdaam.

Colm O’Donoghue raced behind Helmet, the Godolphin runner under Kerrin McEvoy, for most of the way. He then took up the running approaching the final bend and stayed on strongly to hold off the challenges of Yang Tse Kiang and stable companion Wrote.

Race 3, Dubai Gold Cup – race suspended, stewards declare a no race and that race will be re-staged after the feature Dubai World Cup at 10.25pm

Tragedy struck in the Dubai Gold Cup, the third of the nine races in the Dubai World Cup card, as Fox Hunt, the Godolphin runner ridden by Silvestre de Sousa, had to be put down after breaking both his forelegs in a horrendous fall.

The race was called off after the horses had covered around 300 metres as the fallen horse could not be cleared as it lay on the middle of the track and on the turn of the home stretch of the 3,200m distance race.

De Sousa, the jockey, was on his feet and appeared unhurt from the fall. The race was declared as a no race by the stewards.

Race 2, Godolphin Mile – won by African Story

African Story provided Godolphin the perfect start at this year's Dubai World Cup after running out an easy winner in the Godolphin Mile, the first of the eight races for the thoroughbreds on the Dubai World Cup card.

Franky Dettori, sent the gelded son of Pivotal to the lead on the home stretch, and he just accelerated away from the pack.

Viscount Nelson finished the best of the chasing pack under Kevin Shea and Red Jazz, who tried to make all under Michael Hills, finished third.

It was the 10th winner for Saeed bin Suroor, the Godolphin trainer, and Dettori’s seventh success in the race.

Race 1, Dubai Kahayla Classic – won by TM Fred Texas

TM Fred Texas, the 2011 Purebred Arabian Horse of the Year, lived up to his top billing by winning the Dubai Kahayla Classic.

The five-year-old son of Burning Sand made smooth headway from the outside under Adrie de Vries to stretch away from Seraphin Du Paon (Oliveir Peslier), last year’s winner, to regain the Arabian showpiece in the Dubai World Cup meeting for Qatar for the second time in three years.

It was the second win in the race for De Vries, who rode the 2010 winner for Qatar onboard Jaafer, trained by Julian Smart.

Timadit Al Mels (Ted Durcan) took third ahead of Verscac PY.


Updated: March 31, 2012 04:00 AM