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2012 Dubai World Cup and Sheema Classic

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Cirrus Des Aigles wins the 2012 Sheema Classic
Cirrus Des Aigles wins the 2012 Sheema Classic

Cirrus Des Aigles wins the 2012 Sheema Classic at Meydan Racecourse

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The $5 million Dubai Sheema Classic (G1), sponsored by Longines, is the last of four turf races held on Dubai World Cup night. A field of 10 older horses went 2410 meters (about 1 1/2 miles), one complete circuit of the turf oval at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai. Breeders' Cup Turf (G1) winner St Nicholas Abbey was sent off as the 9-5 favorite over 7-2 Cirrus des Aigles, second in the Prix Meydan Hotel last out at Chantilly, and 7-2 Beaten Up, undefeated in 3 starts including the St. Simon Stakes at Newbury.

Jockey Christophe Soumillon sent 15-1 Bold Silvano to the lead first time past the stands and he set fractions of 27.24, 53.44, and 1:18.64 over the good turf, while stalked by Cirrus des Aigles and 12-1 Songcraft. With half a mile to go, jockey Olivier Peslier sent Cirrus des Aigles to take over the lead, through 1 mile in 1:43.61. At the top of the stretch, Bold Silvano tired badly to finish last, with 8-1 Treasure Beach, 4th early, moving up to gain second through 1 1/4 miles in 2:07.21 before tiring as well. St Nicholas Abbey, 7th early, closed with a rush late but Cirrus des Aigles held him off to win by a neck in 2:31.30. It was another 3 1/2 lengths back to late-running 28-1 Jakkalberry third.

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

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