The first of two $5 million turf races on World Cup night is the Dubai Duty Free (G1), contested at 1800 meters (about 1 1/8 miles) around one turn at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai. A full field of 16 went to post on Saturday night, with last year's runner-up Presvis sent off as the 2-1 favorite off a win in the Jebel Hatta on March 4, the major local prep for the Duty Free. Also in the field were 4-1 second choice Courageous Cat, winner of the Canadian Turf Handicap at Gulfstream after finishing second in the Breeders' Cup Mile, and 8-1 third choice Good Ba Ba, winner of the Hong Kong Mile in December but third in the Stewards Cup and 4th in the Hong Kong Gold Cup since then.
Jockey Willie Supple sent Tam Lin to the lead down the backstretch and was stalked by Take The Points to the midpoint of the far turn. With 3 1/2 furlongs to go, Tam Lin tired allowing Take the Points to take over the lead into the stretch. Huge longshot Al Shemali came through to pass Take the Points at the 3/16 pole, and was all out to hold off late-running Bankable by 1 1/2 lengths, completing the trip in 1:50.84 over "good-to-firm" turf. It was another 3 1/4 lengths back to Imbongi third. Favorite Presvis was near the back of the field early and failed to mount a significant rally, finishing 11th.
Results Chart for the race from Racing Post which incluces a link to the video replay.