The eyes of the racing world were on Nad al Sheba Racecourse in Dubai on Saturday for the world's richest horse race, the $6 million Dubai World Cup (G1). A classy but compact field of just seven entered this 2000 meter (1 1/4 mile) event, but many considered this to be a two horse race between 2006 Horse of the Year Invasor,the 5-4 favorite, and Godolphin's undefeated Discreet Cat, the 11-8 second choice.
The reality on the night was very different as 7-1 third choice Premium Tap set the pace with Saudi challenger Forty Licks, with the Hong Kong challenger Bullish Luck racing in third. Invasor, Vermilion and Kandidate raced in mid division, with Frankie Dettori apparently content to settle Discreet Cat in rear.On the turn for home jockey Fernando Jara could be seen to be improving his position on Invasor and locked horns with Premium Tap for a duel that he finally won in the final hundred yards of a pulsating race, prevailing by 1 3/4 lengths in 1:59.97, half a second off the track and stakes record. In a battle between two tough horses, Invasor simply proved the tougher. At the head of the stretch Dettori tried to improve Discreet Cat's position, but it soon became clear that there was little response, as the two leaders settled down to fight it out. Bullish Luck hung on well for third in his first ever race on dirt.