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African Story wins the 2012 Godolphin Mile
African Story wins the 2012 Godolphin Mile

African Story wins the 2012 Godolphin Mile at Meydan Racecourse

© Vanessa Ng
The $1 million Godolphin Mile (G2), sponsored by Etisalat, featured a field of 12 older horses go 1600 meters (about 1 mile) around one turn of the Tapeta synthetic track at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai. African Story, winner of the Burj Nahaar (G3) after finishing a close third in the Firebreak (G3), the two local preps for this race, was sent off as the 3-5 favorite over 6-1 second choice Western Aristocrat, third in the Hollywood Derby (G1) last out after winning the Jamaica Handicap (G1) at Belmont Park, and 9-1 third choice Red Jazz, unraced since finishing second in the Lennox Stakes (G2) in July at Goodwood.

Jockey Silvestre De Sousa sent 13-1 Do It All to the lead exiting the chute and he was soon joined by Red Jazz, as the pair contested the pace through opening fractions of 25.54 and 48.93. On the turn, Do It All tired and dropped back, while jockey Frankie Dettori sent favorite African Story to challenge Red Jazz through 3/4 in 1:13.03. African Story quickly opened up on the field, cruising under the line 4 lengths in front of late-running 23-1 Viscount Nelson in 1:37.52 over the fast Tapeta track. It was another 1 3/4 lengths back to pacesetter Red Jazz third.

Results Chart for the race from Racing Post which incluces a link to the video replay.

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