Godolphin runners finish 1-2 in World Cup

By ROBERT KIECKHEFER, UPI Racing Writer  |  March 31, 2012 at 2:21 PM
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, March 31 (UPI) -- Sheik Mohammed bin Rasheed al Maktoum won his own race again Saturday as Monterosso took the $10 million Dubai World Cup.

In fact, Sheik Mohammed, the ruler of Dubai, founder of the World Cup and builder of the plush Meydan Race Course that's its home -- finished 1-2 in the 17th running of the World Cup as Capponi was second. Planteur finished third.

American starters, Breeders' Cup Classic runner-up Game On Dude and Ladies' Classic winner Royal Delta, did not figure in the running of the race or the finish. Royal Delta would have been the first filly winner of the World Cup. Chantal Sutherland, up on Game On Dude, was the first female rider to compete in the event.

So You Think, campaigning from Ireland, ran his winless streak to four, finishing fourth. German-based Zazou got home fifth and one of the three Japanese entrants, Eishin Flash, finished fifth. Last year, Japan ran 1-2 in the World cup with Victoire Pisa and Transcend. Transcend was in Saturday's field but no threat at any point.

Sheik Mohammed is no stranger to victory in his own race but nonetheless cheered on his sixth World Cup victory from a railbird's spot near the finish line. The winning rider, Mickael Barzalona, is a newcomer to the Godolphin operation and scored his first World Cup victory.

In a race that was close until the final 100 meters, Monterosso got away to win by 3 lengths and finished the 2,000 meters, about 1 1/4 mile, in 2:02.6, just 0.2 second off the record for the 3-year-old all-weather course.

The Godolphin team also won the $1 million Godolphin Mile with African Story.

Their victories were tempered by the fatal breakdown in the $1 million Dubai Gold Cup of Fox Hunt. The 5-year-old fell during the first run through the stretch and could not be moved, forcing the race to be red-flagged. It was rerun later.

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