The greatest horse... since Secretariat

Posted April 02, 2017

The four-year-old colt went off as the 1-3 favourite for the United States $10million Group One race, but was last after a poor start under Mike Smith on the dirt.

"Until [Arrogate] gets in the gate and gets the job done in the race, I'm going to be a nervous wreck", he said.

"Nine is fine", said Baffert, who also trained 2015 U.S. Triple Crown victor American Pharoah. With a lot of horses, you've got to make your mind up, either you're going to take back or you're going to go and there's no stop and start with them. A camera caught Baffert miming his despair: "Not gonna happen". Fast and Accurate is not a Triple Crown nominee, so this is not a $600 regular Triple Crown nomination or even a $6,000 late nomination shot in the dark. Gun Runner battled hard to keep out Neolithic at the head of the chasing pack but the night belonged to Arrogate who now has seven wins from eight starts. "That's the greatest horse I've ever seen run".

Mike Smith, jockey of Saudia Arabia, bottom right, celebrates with the Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, as he holds the golden whip after winning the US $ 10,000,000 Dubai World Cup horse racing at the Meydan Racecourse in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, March 25, 2017. The trip to Dubai following a victory in the inaugural Pegasus World Cup, the world's richest race, had been dependent on his form after his Gulfstream triumph. Arrogate ran his first race on April 17, a third-place finish at Los Alamitos, his only loss.

Neolithic came third of the 14 runners in the contest, which was the world's richest horse race until being surpassed by Florida's US$12-million Pegasus World Cup earlier this year. "I got a good sit on him from a poor draw and he ran his heart out", Soumillon said of his ride. "Great horse, great jockey and a great team I have behind me", said the trainer.

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The winners in synthetic races tend to be more turf horses than dirt horses.

Arrogate has proved his class and courage to win the Dubai World Cup and become the world's most financially successful racehorse.

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to The National's live blog for the 2017 Dubai World Cup! Mubtaahij split California Chrome and Hoppertunity in last year's World Cup before enduring a three-start campaign with trainer Kiaran McLaughlin in the US, which included a head second in the GI Woodward H. and a fourth behind Hoppertunity in the GI Jockey Club Gold Cup.

Belgian jockey Soumillon was a back-to-back victor earlier, making a very late charge on Vazirabad to win the 3,200-meter Group 2 Dubai Gold Cup, followed by a photo-finish in the UAE Derby where he powered Godolphin's Thunder Snow to win by a nose over Epicharis.

"I will have to. hope for some luck", the Belgian jockey said.

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