Dubai: California Chrome, beaten by Prince Bishop in the $10million Dubai World Cup (Group 1) twelve months ago, gained redemption when he won the 21st running of the world’s richest race at a jam-packed Meydan Racecourse in Dubai.
The winner was ridden by Victor Espinoza, who last year won the American Triple Crown aboard the history-making American Pharoah. Art Sherman-trained super-horse won clocking 2:01.83 seconds to become the richest horse in history.
Mubtaahij, last year’s UAE Derby winner, finished second while the Bob Baffert-trained Hopportunity ran on for third.
Locally trained Special Fighter, winner of Round 3 of the Al Maktoum Challenge (Group 1) on Super Saturday, earlier this month was fourth
“It’s unbelievable, he’s now the world’s richest horse. He did a superb job,” said 78-year-old Sherman.
The 21st running of the showpiece once again lived up to the hype, fulfilling the grand vision of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai of seeing Meydan as the ultimate melting pot of the sport.
“I hope and pray that there are winners from all over the world this Dubai World Cup, that means more to me than anything, for I already know that our people in Dubai are already winners many times over, and that racing is a sport they can call their own with great pride. And it is a sport that they will be guardians of and now pass on to their children, just as my father passed it on to me,” Shaikh Mohammad said in a first person piece.
In the article, the founder of Dubai World Cup and the world-renowned Godolphin stables traced how the passion for horseracing developed in him under the influence of his father His Highness Shaikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum.
“I knew even at that age, that it could not be a hobby, it must be a real return to our rightful place as Arabs to mean anything. And I wanted Dubai and her people to be recognized for the contribution that we could make to racing, and for us to once again be the guardians of this sport. For it is the sport of our grandfathers, and should be the sport for our children,” he said.
The grandstand, abuzz with horse-racing fanatics and fashionistas, notched the perfect score with its grandeur and sheer spectacle. When it is the World Cup, fashion has to take centrestage and gracing the greens were some of the best-dressed; irrespective of gender.
Most went into tremendous detail, dressing to the nines and ensuring they made the perfect style statement. Playful dresses were bold, the colours jumped out and the folds were intricate and sharp. Designer heels and quirky fascinators were certainly head turners. Courtesy: Gulfnews