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2012 Dubai World Cup and Sheema Classic

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Monterosso wins the 2012 Dubai World Cup
Monterosso wins the 2012 Dubai World Cup

Monterosso wins the 2012 Dubai World Cup at Meydan Racecourse

© Vanessa Ng
March 31, 2012

The $10 million Dubai World Cup (G1), sponsored by Emirates Airline, is the world's richest horse race. A full field of 14 older horses went 2000 meters (about 1 1/4 miles) around two turns of the 1750 meter (about 1 1/8 mile) Tapeta synthetic oval on Saturday night. Coolmore entrant So You Think was sent off as the 2-1 favorite, unraced since checking in 6th in the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1). In to challenge him included 7-2 second choice Game On Dude, winner of the San Antonio (G2) last out after finishing second in the Breeders' Cup Classic, and 9-2 Royal Delta, winner of the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic but second in the Sabin (G2) at Gulfstream before shipping to Dubai.

Jockey Shinji Fujita sent 22-1 Transcend to the lead first time past the stands and he set early fractions of 25.72 and 49.94 while pressed by So You Think and Royal Delta, with 7-1 Capponi stalkingt them in fourth. Down the backstretch, Capponi moved up to take over the lead through 3/4 in 1:13.60 and 1 mile in 1:37.78. 35-1 Monterrosso, 7th early, came out wide into the lane to take over the lead at the 3/16 pole, drawing clear to win by 3 lengths in a time of 2:02.67 over the fast Tapeta surface, with jockey Mickael Barzalona standing up in the irons for the final 50 yards. It was another 1/2 length back from Capponi to 32-1 Planteur third, and 1/2 more to favorite So You Think fourth.

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

Undercard results for the Duty Free, Golden Shaheen, UAE Derby, Godolphin Mile, Al Quoz Sprint, Dubai Gold Cup, and Kahayla Classic.

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