Christophe Soumillon celebrates winning the Dubai World Cup. Reuters
Mohammed Abdullah, Staff Reporter
DUBAI: Godolphin’s Thunder Snow won the spectacular $12,000,000-purse Dubai World Cup title at Meydan on Saturday.
Watch Sheikh Mohammed celebrate Thunder Snow’s victory at the Dubai World Cup: pic.twitter.com/HRQtkyG7WR
Defending champion Thunder Snow, ridden by Jockey Christophe Soumillon, sprinted to the finish line in a photo-finish to reclaim the Dubai World Cup crown for the second straight year.
He became the first dual winner to hand trainer Saeed Bin Suroor his ninth Dubai World Cup title. Thunder Snow is owned by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
Later Sheikh Mohammed lifted the Dubai World Cup trophy.
Sheikh Mohammed took to Twitter and said, "Congratulations to @godolphin’s THUNDER SNOW at the #DubaiWorldCup. And congratulations to the #UAE for hosting an event that brings together the best horses, the biggest owners and the fastest and richest of races.”
The five-year-old defied a wide draw to give trainer Saeed Bin Suroor his ninth success in the feature of the world's richest raceday.
Favourite Capezzano and Gronkowski made the early running ahead of Thunder Snow, but the defending champion stayed on under pressure from jockey Christophe Soumillon to overhaul Gronkowski in the dying strides and win by a nose after a photo finish.
The 4/1 shot landed the $12 million prize for Godolphin owned by the Dubai Ruler.
Gronkowski had to settle for second at odds of 28/1, while Gunnevera (12/1) was a distant third as Capezzano slipped out of contention.
The Arab Media Forum (AMF 2019) concluded in Dubai on Thursday with a glittering award ceremony honouring winners of the 18th Arab Journalism Award.
Mohammed also praised New Zealand’s communities for their solidarity with their Muslim neighbours against the hate crime.
Rafael Nadal defeated Novak Djokovic 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 to win a ninth Italian Open title and a record 34rd Masters crown on Sunday.
World number one Djokovic, winner at the Madrid Open last week, produced an error-strewn performance in his 54th meeting with second-ranked Nadal, who claimed the 81st title of his career.
Leeds: Chris Woakes took five wickets as England beat Pakistan by 54 runs to win the fifth one-day international at Headingley on Sunday. Victory, in their final match before the World Cup hosts and favourites name their tournament squad on Tuesday, saw England to a 4-0 series win after the first match was washed out.
Belgian defender Vincent Kompany said on Sunday he would be leaving Manchester City and joining Anderlecht as player-manager after helping the Premier League club to become the first team to win the English domestic treble. Club captain Kompany, 33, leaves having won four Premier League titles, two FA Cups and four League Cups with City.
Bethpage: Defending champion Brooks Koepka overcame struggles to grab a seven-stroke lead after Saturday’s third round of the PGA Championship, the largest 54-hole advantage in tournament history. Third-ranked Koepka, in prime position for his fourth major title, fired a level-par 70 at Bethpage Black