Sheikh Mohammad presents the Dubai World Cup to owners Arrowfield Stud and Team Valor and jockey Joel Rosario of Animal Kingdom, which won the Group 1 race run over 2,000 metres at the Meydan last night.
Dubai: The Meydan jinx was finally broken as America rightfully reclaimed the $10 million Dubai World Cup when 2011 Kentucky Derby (G1) sensation Animal Kingdom outclassed some of the best equine superstars from around the globe to win racing’s richest prize on Sataurday.
Ridden confidently by 28-year-old Joel Rosario from the Dominican Republic, the five-year-old son of Brazilian stallion Leroidesanimaux practically cantered to a two-length victory from long-shot and Hong Kong Vase winner Red Cadeaux as British hope Planteur took third for the second successive year, a well-beaten four and three-quarter-lengths back.
No American horse has won the Dubai World Cup since 2010, when it was moved from the Nad Al Sheba dirt track to the Meydan Racecourse, where the race is run on an All-Weather track.
African Story, ridden by Mickael Barzalona, finished best of the four Godolphin runners, in fifth place behind Side Glance while favourite Hunter’s Light failed to reproduce the sparkle he showed in his dual Al Maktoum Challenge victories, when running a disappointing seventh.
“This is unbelievable, the Dubai World Cup, wow,” said Rosario. “This has to be the happiest day of my life.
“All my life I have dreamt of this moment and now it is for real. I think the only place we will be able to celebrate will be on board the plane. We were pretty confident coming into the race, but you can never be too confident. But he won very easily in the end.”
By Leslie Wilson Jr, Racing & Special Features Writer (Gulf News)