Thunder Snow caps Godolphin's big night by taking out Dubai World Cup

Baffert Hoping to Coast to the Top Again

Baffert Hoping to Coast to the Top Again

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"He's a champion horse as a two-year-old in England and won the UAE Derby as a three-year-old, and [he has] now won the Dubai World Cup as a four-year-old". West Coast let me go.

Australian stallion Helmet is yet to produce a Group 1 victor at home but he managed to make headlines on Saturday night as the sire of the surprise Dubai World Cup victor Thunder Snow. For jockey Christophe Soumillon the World Cup closed a double on the card; he also partnered Vazirabad (Fr) (Monsun ) to his third-straight win in the G2 Dubai Gold Cup.

Bin Suroor was delighted to have claimed an eighth Dubai World Cup for the race's founder Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

The royal was accompanied at the Meydan Racecourse by his daughter, 10-year-old Al Jalila, who helped collect Godolphin's trophy after the Maktoum family stable's Thunder Snow picked up the US$10 million prize. He powered ahead by the halfway stage and finished with a terrific burst.

"Saeed told me to get him the best start possible for him from the wide draw [Gate 10 in the 10-horse field]", an ecstatic Soumillon said. "I was really cantering on the back straight and when I pushed him he kept finding".


"I was screaming and crying watching horses like Cigar and jockeys such as Jerry Bailey and Frankie Dettori winning this race, so for me to do it is incredible". When I saw him, he was confident in front, and I thought surely the horse was going to win from then.

It was a third near-miss in big races for the Bob Baffert-trained West Coast, after finishing second in the Pegasus World Cup and third in the Breeders' Cup Classic.

We'll be bringing you more best-dressed action from the Dubai World Cup today, so stay tuned...

Godolphin-owned and Charlie Appleby-trained Hawkbill won the Dubai Sheema Classic, a Group 1 race over 2,410 meters on turf with a purse of $6 million.

Bin Suroor also scored in the Dubai Turf, thanks to the Oisin Murphy-ridden Benbatl. Second behind Saturday evening's G2 Godolphin Mile victor Heavy Metal (GB) (Exceed and Excel ) first up in the G2 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 1, he bested the game North America by a neck in Round 2 before that rival turned the tables on Super Saturday three weeks ago.

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