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“It’s where the world’s best meet, from far and near”, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai ruler
Thunder Snow, five-year-old, it was one of horses related to Sheikh Mohammed is first two-time winner of Dubai World Cup with a victory over Gronkowski at Meydan.
Winning of Thunder Snow marked ninth victory of trainer Saeed bin Suroor in feature event of richest race day of the World.
The meeting marks end of racing season of UAE bringing top jockeys, thoroughbreds & trainers of the World together.
A cool $35 million was up for grabs on Saturday across races of six Group 1, three Group 2 culminating in Dubai World Cup that worth $12 million.
Congratulations to Godolphin’s Thunder Snow for winning the Dubai World Cup. Congratulations to the UAE for hosting the world’s fastest and best horse race meeting.
The victory was snatched by Christophe Soumillon, defending champion Thunder Snow from Gronkowski to win after finishing in a time of 2 minutes & 3.87 seconds.
“He is a such a brave horse. I wasn’t sure if he had won, but we had the best jockey in the world on board and he knows him so well.He has won the UAE Derby and now the Dubai World Cup twice on him from wide draws and they are a great team.As for Thunder Snow, I will have to speak with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, but I would like if he could run in America again. Maybe in New York, in Saratoga with the final plan being the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita”
Winning of Saturday was a tougher race than 2018 triumph of Thunder Snow.
“Last year I won by five, six, even more lengths, and today Thunder had to fight hard. I really want to say a big thank you to Saeed bin Suroor, and also to HH Sheikh Mohammed, just before the race they said to me in the paddock you should have so much confidence and do everything right. It was very hard, I was more looking like a Cheltenham jump jockey in the end than an American style jockey but you need to get him going and sometimes you need to do something different. The thing is, I promised to Saeed that I will just have the trophy and he will have the money so I’ll have to come back next year!”
Gronkowsk, who named after NFL star retired earlier, had led for the race as Amer Abdulaziz, owner admitted it was frustrating in order to finish second.
“He’s run a great race, I can’t believe he was so close. When you come that far and you get beaten by such a narrow margin, it is so frustrating, but this is also a victory for us. In the end, we were beaten by a better horse but our horse is a great horse”
Sheikh Mohammed wrote in penultimate verse of racing ode that
“Dubai World “brings me joy that lingers, an utmost pleasure. A happiness against which none else can measure”
Dubai World Cup .. In “Al Wasl”* we held a joyous gathering A land towards which people came hastening .. And so “Al Wasl”, is a name from the past The present Dubai, where aspirations last .. Connecting people with love and generosity Embracing visitors as they arrived eagerly .. From around the world, the guests flew in Bound by its spell, they found a great haven .. Honored is the horse on this land and victorious Whence every horse aspires to be glorious .. A joyous celebration, year after year Where the world’s best meet, from far and near .. This World Cup is quite a unique one indeed Everyone has heard of its success and great steeds .. Every year we win and earn our trophy For when horse owners meet, indeed it is victory .. Winning is neither bound by a cup, nor complete Though my horse is a winner, with the wind it competes .. The presence of our guests is an absolute win A win that fills me with peace from within .. It brings me a joy that lingers, an utmost pleasure A happiness against which none else can measure .. My passion for horses goes back a long way They are my life, my joy from the very first day .. Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum .. * The word “Al Wasl” means connection or to connect in the Arabic language. It is also what the city of Dubai was named in the past. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum uses it as a metaphor in this poem to illustrate how the Dubai World Cup connects people from all around the world.
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