Godolphin’s Thunder Snow makes history, winning $10 mn Dubai World Cup

DUBAI, 31st March, 2018 (WAM) — Godolphin’s Thunder Snow, trained by Saeed bin Surour and saddled by Christophe Soumillon, made history on Saturday winning the $10 million Dubai World Cup race at Meydan Racecourse.

Saturday’s 2000 metre main event, the Dubai World Cup, was sponsored by Emirates Airline.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai;H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai; and a number of other Sheikhs, senior officials and VIP guests watched the 23rd edition of Dubai World Cup.

H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, received the gold cup from H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance.

Commenting on the thrilling victory, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid said,” It was a pleasant surprise.”

Dubai World Cup 2018 drew participation of 118 horses from across the world, including the host UAE, United States, Canada, Great Britain, France, Ireland, China and Japan.

More than 60,000 fans of horse racing also watched the event.

Dubai World Cup has become one of the highly important cultural and sporting events in the UAE.

With $30 million in prize money on offer, the Dubai World Cup meeting is by far the richest horseracing event anywhere on the planet.

In 2017, the winner was Juddmonte Farm’s Arrogate, a four-year-old grey colt trained in the United States.

The stunning 7-year-old grey Tallaab Al Khalediah extended his unbeaten record to five with an impressive performance in the US $1 million Dubai Kahayla Classic sponsored by Mubadala, which allowed him to become the first Saudi Arabian trained horse to add his name to this very important race in the Purebred Arabian racing calendar.

The Alain de Royer Dupre-trained Vazirabad entered the history books when becoming the first thoroughbred ever to win on three Dubai World Cup nights.

The 6-year-old captured his third consecutive US $1 million Dubai Gold Cup Sponsored by Al Tayer Motors title when motoring down the Meydan straight to score by a length from the fast-finishing Sheikhzayedroad.

Eight-year-old Awardee is only one Japanese horse in Saturday’s main event, the Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline.

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