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Sheikh’s Monterosso Wins Dubai Cup, World’s Richest Horse Race

April 01, 2012

Monterosso, owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s stables, won the $10 million Dubai World Cup, the world’s richest horse race.

Monterosso, third in last year’s race, covered the 1 ¼-mile distance in 2 minutes, 2.67 seconds at Meydan Race Course at Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Capponi, also owned by the Sheikh’s Godolphin Stables, was second.

“I couldn’t believe it when no one was coming after me (in the straight),” winning jockey Mickael Barzalona told reporters. “This is a dream. I have no words to describe what I feel right now.”

Godolphin Stables’ horses, which have won five times in the race’s 17-year history, hadn’t come in first since 2006.

“I feel over the moon,” Mohammed told The Associated Press. “We haven’t won this race for many years. It was a pleasant surprise really. We had as good of a chance as anyone but we are at home and training here. I’m very happy we won after so many years.”

Monterosso, a British 5-year-old with 20-1 odds, finished three lengths ahead of Capponi. Planteur was third a further half-length behind in the 13-horse field. There is no betting at the track.

“I beat the winner the last time we met but obviously he’s improved and he ran third in this race last year, so it’s great for the team,” Ahmed Ajtebi, Capponi’s jockey, told reporters. “My horse has come from handicaps to running second in the Dubai World Cup.”

Chantal Sutherland, the first female jockey in the World Cup race, came in 12th on Game On Dude.

“It was a good trip considering everything that happened,” Sutherland said. “The horse next to him was acting up in the gate, so he thought they were going to break. At home we break quicker, so he went to go forward and then he sat down. He just got a little frazzled after not breaking so great.”

Bob Baffert, Game on Dude’s trainer, was at the track five days after a heart attack in Dubai.

“Tough day but so happy to be outdoors again enjoying the sport I love,” Baffert said on Twitter.

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