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Reports from all the action at the 2013 Dubai World Cup in Meydan

Updated: Tuesday, 02 Apr 2013 15:09 | Comments

Sajjhaa continued her scintillating run of form with victory in the Dubai Duty Free
Sajjhaa continued her scintillating run of form with victory in the Dubai Duty Free

Animal Kingdom stamped his class on the Dubai World Cup to give America victory in the world's richest race at Meydan.

Paul Hanagan and Soft Falling Rain defied stall 13 to win the Godolphin Mile.

Cavalryman showed a devastating turn of foot to roll back the years in winning the Dubai Gold Cup at Meydan.

Lines Of Battle, ridden by Ryan Moore, gave trainer Aidan O'Brien back-to-back victories in the UAE Derby.

Favourite Shea Shea landed the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint under a very confident ride from Belgian rider Christophe Soumillon, for trainer Mike de Kock.

Reynaldothewizard, ridden by Richard Mullen, held off the late challenge of Eddie Lynam's Balmont Mast to land the six-furlong Dubai Golden Shaheen.

Saeed bin Suroor's mare Sajjhaa ran out an impressive winner of the Dubai Duty Free to give Silvestre de Sousa a double on World Cup night.

St Nicholas Abbey, trained by Aidan O'Brien and ridden by Joseph O'Brien, went one place better than in 2012 as he ran out a comfortable winner of the Dubai Sheema Classic.

Dubai World Cup (G1) - Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom stamped his class on the Dubai World Cup to give America victory in the world's richest race at Meydan.

The 2011 Kentucky Derby hero was given a no-nonsense ride by Joel Rosario, who always had crack mare Royal Delta just in front of him as she set the early pace.

Making his move two and a half furlongs out, Animal Kingdom showed a very smart turn of foot to effectively put the race to bed.

From the back of the pack, however, Ed Dunlop's Red Cadeaux rattled home along the far rail under Gerald Mosse, but while he was closing all the way to the line the prize was never going to be lost for the Graham Motion-trained winner.

Cambridge-born Motion said: "The race reminded me of when he won the Kentucky Derby and apart from a brief moment at the three-pole I was really pleased with the way everything was working out.

"I talked to Joel after the UAE Derby and I told him based on what I had seen in that race he needed to be close and it was important for him to break well.

"That's not really his style but he is good enough to produce when you take him out of his game, as we had to do.

"He's just an extraordinary animal. Joel seemed to have so much and when this horse went clear he did it with supreme confidence."

Animal King is now expected to take his chance at Royal Ascot, with the Prince of Wales's Stakes the likely target.

Barry Irwin, of owners Team Valor, said: "Animal Kingdom has had two freak injuries and overcome both, but his prep race was so confusing it should have knocked him out completely. But he came back as fit as he has ever been.

"He's a very unique horse.

"He ships to England on Saturday and now it is over to Graham, who has another major challenge in how do you take a horse to England and run him there quite quickly after winning in Dubai."

Rosario said: "Turning for home he was going so easily.

"I tired to get him to relax and he felt really so much at home all the way, it was awesome the way he picked up.

"Earlier in the race I knew there would not be a lot of pace so I decided to let him go 'ping'."

Mosse said of Red Cadeaux: "He was coming off a long break and I felt I needed to give him a little chance to make sure he finished off his race. I gave him a blow and he finished strongly, giving me his very best.

"He had no trouble with either the distance or the (Tapeta) surface."

Dubai Sheema Classic (G1) - St Nicholas Abbey

St Nicholas Abbey put up a magnificent performance to land the Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan under an inspired Joseph O'Brien ride.

Second to Cirrus Des Aigles 12 months ago, his young rider was keen to have him handy from the off as he sat on the heels of Shareta, with much-vaunted Japanese mare Gentildonna keen through the early stages on his outside.

O'Brien opted to kick on entering the straight and while Gentildonna gave chase, she never quite looked like she would get there and in the end was well-held by the Aidan O'Brien-trained winner.

Recording his first winner on Dubai World Cup night, O'Brien junior was quick to salute a horse who has also given him success at the Breeders' Cup.

He said: "I felt I was a little bit unlucky last year and just got going a bit late, I was doing all my best work coming to the line.

"There didn't seem much pace on paper and Mr (Derrick) Smith in particular just said that after last year to ride him a bit more forward and see what happens.

"I knew my lad is tough and he tries hard.

"He is very special, he gives his best every day and is a great ride. He relaxes and he quickens, he tries hard and you can't ask for more."

O'Brien senior added: "I always felt this horse wanted to be ridden back a little bit, but Joseph and Derrick were always very much of the other mind, so obviously they got their way today and what they said was right.

"He's more mature now and he proved today you can ride him any way you want.

"The lads have worked him out now better than I have. There's not many miles on the clock so he's hopefully going to be a very exciting horse."

Dubai Duty Free (G1) - Sajjhaa

Saeed bin Suroor's mare Sajjhaa ran out an impressive winner of the Dubai Duty Free to give Silvestre de Sousa a double on World Cup night.

Three times a winner already at the Carnival, the six-year-old has finally fulfilled the promise she showed as a filly with the late Michael Jarvis, for whom she ran in the Oaks on just her second start.

De Sousa had earlier won on Cavalryman and always looked confident, streaking clear inside the final furlong and holding Mike de Kock's The Apache at bay.

Alain de Royer-Dupre's Giofra stayed on strongly for third. Jamie Spencer gave Trade Storm a patient ride but met some trouble in weaving a way through and had to settle for a staying-on fifth.

The delighted winning rider said: "She travelled so smoothly in the race, I'm so pleased for my horse, she has got such a big heart.

"I was a bit worried about getting stuck on the outside but she got a lovely run through."

Trainer Bin Suroor added: "She's now won two Group Ones and it's brilliant to see her do that. I think we will take her back to England and find a race for her there but I don't know which one."

Spencer said of the David Simcock-trained Trade Storm: "I was delighted with the run but being drawn 14 is like having a 7lb penalty. If we'd had the luck of the draw we could have been a lot closer."

Dubai Golden Shaheen (G1) - Reynaldothewizard

Eddie Lynam's Balmont Mast nearly pulled off a 33-1 surprise in the Golden Shaheen at Meydan but just failed to catch Reynaldothewizard.

The Satish Seemar-trained winner, ridden by Richard Mullen, had won twice at the Carnival already but was stepping up markedly in class.

Tom Hogan's Gordon Lord Byron met trouble on the rail but when the gap came he could not quicken and Godolphin's red-hot favourite Mental never threatened to get involved at any stage.

The winning rider said: "I was disappointed earlier in the evening as the track rode too slow for Surfer in the Godolphin Mile, so it is really great to win this.

"I am delighted for Mr Seemar - I do the easy bit sitting on top of the horse and doing the steering but it is the trainer who carries out all the hard work and he richly deserves this."

Al Quoz Sprint (G1) - Shea Shea

Mike de Kock's Shea Shea came with a devastating late burst to land the Al Quoz Sprint in real style.

The six-year-old was produced to perfection by Christophe Soumillon inside the furslong pole, readily picking up Hong Kong raider Joy And Fun, who had briefly asserted two furlongs out.

Streaking clear from there, the son of National Emblem never looked in any danger of being caught.

Joy And Fun held on for second, with Eagle Regiment third and the Edward Lynam-trained Sole Power running on for fourth under Johnny Murtagh.

De Kock, bagging his second winner of the night, revealed the winner will be aimed at the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Asked about a possible clash with Black Caviar at the Royal meeting, Soumillon said: "You never know, I hope that if we did we could beat Black Caviar and we will certainly try."

De Kock added: "I don't know about making statements like that, I think Christophe was speaking with his tongue in cheek.

"We will send him over for the King's Stand at Ascot.

"Tonight is great for South African breeding with two winners, it's a great way to showcase our talents."

Lynam said of Sole Power: "He's run very well and we are very proud of him. He'll go to Haydock for the Temple and then the King's Stand."

UAE Derby (G2) - Lines Of Battle

Aidan O'Brien's Lines Of Battle held of Elleval to lead home an Irish one-two in the UAE Derby.

Just 12 months on from O'Brien's win in the race with Daddy Long Legs, Ryan Moore made a positive move off a slow early pace to track Snowboarder into the straight.

Lines Of Battle kicked a couple of lengths clear but David Marnane's Elleval emerged from the pack as his most serious challenger.

He could never get on terms, though, and Lines Of Battle was a decisive winner. Snowboarder clung on for third.

O'Brien said: "He doesn't like being in front too soon, but he quickened well and stayed well in the end. Ryan gave him a great ride."

Victory in the Group Two event earned Lines Of Battle significant points under the qualification criteria for the Kentucky Derby, and O'Brien confirmed: "Absolutely, that (Kentucky Derby) was the plan coming here."

Moore said: "It was a farce of a race, they went so slow and I was saying to Hughesie (Richard Hughes, on Law Enforcement) down the back that this was too easy and one of the problems was that my horse is idle.

"But he'd won around Dundalk and had a US pedigree, experience of travelling and the draw helped."

Dubai Gold Cup (G3) - Cavalryman

Cavalryman showed a devastating turn of foot to roll back the years in winning the Dubai Gold Cup.

Settled at the rear of a sedate early pace set by Declan McDonogh on John Oxx's Saddler's Rock, the challengers were queuing up two furlongs out.

Tenenbaum looked a threat in the Godolphin second colours while Imperial Monarch was struggling to find racing room, but once Silvestre de Sousa asked Cavalryman to quicken the race was over as a contest.

Saeed bin Suroor's seven-year-old sprinted clear to win impressively from the Kieren Fallon-ridden Ahzeemah.

De Sousa said: "He's a proper stayer and I knew he would come on from his last race.

"The horse felt full of confidence and he gave his best tonight. It is really great to have my first World Cup meeting winner in my new job (retained rider to Godolphin)."

Bin Suroor said: "Things didn't work out for him when he went to Australia when he ran in the Melbourne Cup (12th).

"Tonight I thought Kieren Fallon did a great job setting the pace for us and Cavalryman was in the right place to cash in."

Godolphin Mile (G2) - Soft Falling Rain

Paul Hanagan and Soft Falling Rain defied stall 13 to win the Godolphin Mile.

Sent off the 9-4 favourite, the Mike de Kock-trained four-year-old was trapped wide throughout and Haatheq got first run on him in the straight, with his unbeaten record looking in serious danger.

However, despite connections harbouring stamina doubts, Soft Falling Rain quickened up very impressively and Hanagan drove him home for a superb victory by three-quarters of a length, with a further length back to Moonwalk In Paris.

David O'Meara's Penitent ran a blinder holding every chance turning for home before just being run out of the places. Charlie Hills' Red Jazz was well beaten.

Hanagan, bagging a 10th winner at this year's Dubai Carnival, said: "They went so quick and I was a little bit wider than I wanted to be, but he is so genuine and he kept finding extra when I needed it.

"I really couldn't have wished for things to have gone any better for me out here. I've had a great season."

De Kock said: "I was blown away by the form he showed tonight - I haven't seen too many horses under pressure like he was, he was pushed out deep but he still saw it out to claim the win. Champions get through it. It's great for Sheikh Hamdan.

"If it was my choice I would rather come back in trip with him than move up in distance, but he is a fantastic prospect to look forward to."

It appears that Soft Falling Rain could get the chance to advertise his capabilities in Britain this summer.

De Kock said: "I think we'll definitely take him to Royal Ascot, he'll have at least one entry and the Queen Anne, the race Frankel won last year, would be the one for him."

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