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Dubai World Cup 2014 Results: Winners, Top Payouts and Order of Finish

The Dubai World Cup 2014 at Meydan racecourse certainly provided his usual amount of thrills.
The Dubai World Cup 2014 at Meydan racecourse certainly provided his usual amount of thrills.Francois Nel/Getty Images
Jason PettigroveContributor IMarch 29, 2014

The Dubai World Cup, the richest day of horse racing in the world, has taken place at the Meydan race course. And what a day of racing it was.

From the very first moments of Race 1, the 80,000+ crowd were on their feet as the great and the good of the horse racing world did battle for some of the highest payouts ever seen in racing circles.

The nine-race card would see an incredible US$27,250,000 shared in prize money including a US$10,000,000 bounty to the horse winning the main event of the evening.

Read on to see final placings in every race together with a description of the best of the action.

 

Race 1: Dubai Kahayla Classic Sponsored By Emaar

Prize Money: US$250,000

Race One - Final Placings
PositionHorse
1Rabbah De Carrere
2Djainka Des Forges
3Musharab
4Raaziq
5Manan
6Sahib Du Clos
7Versac Py
8Mushrae
9Vetiana De Faust
10Shayel Aldhabi
11Al Lafeh
12Nieshan
13Skoop
14Naseem
15Al Mamun Monlau
16Richlore
DubaiWorldCup.com

Djainka des Forges will be disappointed at the failure to win after leading all the way from the off and going into the final turn.

However, Rabbah De Carrere stuck tight to the rails and edge ahead approaching the finishing line to take the first race of the day.

Per Emirates 24/7, it was owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan's second victory in the 2,000m All-Weather race for Purebred Arabians.

Musharab finished third with Raaziq a close fourth.

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - FEBRUARY 13:  Sanshaawes ridden by Christophe Soumillon (blue and yellos silks) wins the Ford F-150 Raptor Trophy during the Dubai World Cup Carnival Races at the Meydan Racecourse on February 13, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab E
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Race 2: Godolphin Mile Sponsored By Meydan Sobha

Prize Money: US$1,000,000

Race 2 - Final Placings
PositionHorse
1Variety Club
2Soft Falling Rain
3Flotilla
4Gold City
5Brightline
6Limario
7Elleval
8Shuruq
9Eastern Rules
10Haatheq
11Gabrial
12Mull of Killough
13Glory Awaits
14Penitent
15Capital Attraction
16Forjatt (NON RUNNER)
DubaiWorldCup.com

South African Horse of the Year Variety Club was a worthy winner of the Godolphin Mile.

Showing all of his class, the thoroughbred led from start to finish and comfortably edged out last year's winner Soft Falling Rain.

The Joey Ramsden-trained horse was never really trouble in what turned into a procession for the horse. 

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 23:  Action from Race 2, GN Focus during the third Dubai World Cup Carnival Meeting at the Meydan Racecourse on January 23, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
Francois Nel/Getty Images

 

Race 3: Dubai Gold Cup Sponsored By Al Tayer Motors

Prize Money: US$1,000,000

Race 3 - Final Placings
PositionHorse
1Certerach
2Cavalryman
3Star Empire
4Moment in Time
5Ralston Road
6Dabadiyan
7Songcraft
8Ernest Hemingway
9Sheikzayedroad
10Seismos
11Joshua Tree
12Now We Can
13Saddler's Rock
15Jamr
15Simenon
DubaiWorldCup.com

The crowd were on their feet long before the end of this race. And what a race!

Per Emirates 24/7, the two-miler has been dominated over the years by the Godolphin stable and last year's winner Cavalryman was still in the shake up in the final stages.

As the noise reached a crescendo with the horses powering for home, Silvestre De Sousa on Cavalryman made his move for glory.

He hadn't reckoned with the staying power of Certerach however, and the Irish horse who had been in the pack throughout pipped the favourite at the post. 

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 23:  Shane Foley riding  Certerach wins Race 2, GN Focus  during the third Dubai World Cup Carnival Meetingduring the third Dubai World Cup Carnival Meeting at the Meydan Racecourse on January 23, 2014 in Dubai, Unite
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Race 4: UAE Derby Sponsored By The Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group

Prize Money: US$2,000,000

Race Four - Final Placings
PositionHorse
1Toast of New York
2Asmar
3Emirates Flyer
4Giovanni Boldini
5Cooptado
6Long John
7Paximadia
8Sir Jack Layden
9King Rubi
10Safety Check
11Jallota
12Sir John Hawkins
DubaiWorldCup.com

English jockey Jamie Spencer took Toast Of New York to victory by two-and-a-half lengths in the $2,000,000 UAE Derby.

Spencer unleashed the horse's power in the final 400 meters to ease him past Asmar and Emirates Flyer.

Early leader Safety Check faded badly toward the end, but there was no denying the American horse.

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 09:  Christophe Soumillon riding Anaerobio (R)wins Race 7, Longines Conquest Classic during the first Longines Carnival Meeting at the Meydan Racecourse on January 9, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Fr
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Race 5: Al Quoz Sprint Empowered By IPIC

Prize Money: US$1,000,000

Race Five - Final Placings
PositionHorse
1Amber Sky
2Ahtoug
3Shea Shea
4Medicean Man
5Catcall
6Hamza
7Sole Power
8Dux Scholar
9Joy And Fun
10Sholaan
11Berlino Di Tiger
12Beat Baby
DubaiWorldCup.com

The fifth race of the evening saw a new course record with Australia's Amber Sky winning the 1,000m sprint in just 56.21 seconds, per Emirates 24/7.

He was pushed all the way firstly by Berlino Di Tiger and then Hamza.

Regaining the lead in the final stages, Ahtoug and Shea Shea came on strong, but as the latter faded in the closing stages, Amber Sky went on to take it by a neck.

Per GulfNews, winning jockey Joao Moreira was ecstatic:

He’s been such a great champion. He is so easy to ride. It was a great opportunity for him to prove himself and he did so with such style. I think I gave him a good ride and he just went on to prove himself on the world stage.

He’s such a special horse. He put himself in the right spot and I was able to just let him go when I asked him to. He had a great kick back and he was simply too good for the others. Personally, the feeling for me could not have been any better.

 

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 09:  Horses goes around the first bend during the first Longines Carnival Meeting at the Meydan Racecourse on January 9, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
Francois Nel/Getty Images

 

Race 6: Dubai Golden Shaheen Sponsored By Gulf News

Prize Money: US$2,000,000

Race Six - Final Placings
PositionHorse
1Sterling City
2Rich Tapestry
3United Color
4Reynaldothewizard
5Nawwaar
6Zee Bros
7Russian Soul
8Balmont Mast
9Complicate
10Krypton Factor
11Jamesie
12My Catch
13Bello
DubaiWorldCup.com

Joao Moreira was the second jockey to win a double tonight, having earlier won the Al Quoz Sprint. 

The hot favourite Rich Tapestry took the race by the scruff of the neck, but the expected win didn't materialise as Sterling City powered through the final 200 metres to take it at the line by a quarter of a length.

Thrilling stuff!

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 09:  Mickael Barzalona riding Ahtoug (R) wins Race 2, Longines Master Collection during the first Longines Carnival Meeting at the Meydan Racecourse on January 9, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Franco
Francois Nel/Getty Images

 

Race 7: Dubai Duty Free Sponsored By Dubai Duty Free

Prize Money: US$5,000,000

Race Seven - Final Placings
PositionHorse
1Just A Way
2Vercingetorix
3Dank
4Mshawish
5Anaerobio
6Logotype
7Tokei Halo
8Hunter's Light
9Tasaday
10Blazing Speed
11The Fugue
12Trade Storm
13Educate
DubaiWorldCup.com

What a way to stun your rivals! Just A Way was miles behind the field, but his charge to the line was poetry itself. 

Tokei Halo looked the most impressive and had led until the final 400 metres. A stunning sprint from his fellow Japanese horse took him past everyone, including pre-race favourite Vercingetorix.

A six-length victory and another track record for this race of 1:47.93 was a fine way to finish.

Dank came home third with Mshawish a distant fourth in a disappointing run for jockey Frankie Dettori.

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 09:  A gereral view of Race 4 during the first Longines Carnival Meeting at the Meydan Racecourse on January 9, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
Francois Nel/Getty Images

 

Race 8: Dubai Sheema Classic Presented By Longines

Prize Money: US$5,000,000

 

Race Eight - Final Placings
PositionHorse
1Gentildonna
2Cirrus Des Aigles
3Ambivalent
4Empoli
5Dominant
6Magician
7Meandre
8Mount Athos
9Dunaden
10Denim and Ruby
11Excellent Result
12Twilight Eclipse
13Festive Cheer
14Dubday
DubaiWorldCup.com

Two-time Japan Cup winner Gentildonna came from behind emphatically on the final back straight to win the Dubai Sheema Classic.

Cirrus Des Aigles was the pre-race favourite heading into the Dubai Sheema Classic and looked for all the world like he would be romping to victory, but Gentildonna just had that vital extra energy at the end, winning by a length-and-a-half.

Jockey Ryan Moore performed well and saw Gentildonna destroy the track record for the 2,410m turf feature, posting a time of 2:27.25.

Following the race, a representative of the Sunday Racing Company Limited, Gentildonna's owners, spoke to Gulf News:

She’s in good form. On the last track she had nowhere to go but she did well to get out, and I think Ryan Moore did a good job there.

She won the Japan Cup last year and Ryan just told me that she was much better tonight.

 

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 09:  Steeler is lead around the parade ring prior to the start of Race 6 the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 1 during the first Longines Carnival Meeting at the Meydan Racecourse on January 9, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Em
Francois Nel/Getty Images

 

Race 9: Dubai World Cup Sponsored By Emirates Airline

Prize Money: US$10,000,000

Race Nine - Final Placings
PositionHorse
1African Story
2Mukhadram
3Cat O'Mountain
4Side Glance
Also ran:Akeed Mofeed, Red Cadeaux, Sanshaawes, Vancouverite, Prince Bishop, Military Attack, Belshazzar, Ron The Greek, Ruler Of The World, Hillstar, Surfer, Hokko Tarumae
DubaiWorldCup.com

African Story made history for the Goldophin stable by winning the $10,000,000 Dubai World Cup for the sixth time.

The seven-year-old, ridden by Silvestre de Sousa, defied the odds to finish two-and-three-quarters of a length ahead of the front-runner, Mukhadram.

Mukhadram was yet another horse to be pipped at the post on Saturday, though with both horses being owned by members of the Al Maktoum Family, the victory was always in the bag for Dubai on the home straight.

De Sousa was understandably emotional after the race and said to Gulf News:

It’s amazing! It’s our home track and our own horse He’s already won the Godolphin Mile, he’s just proven that he can step up in class.

It was brilliant and it was a great reception. I knew the way he was travelling that he would have a bit of extra for me. He’s marvellous, it’s amazing,

I’m absolutely delighted. I’m over the moon. I always thought I was in the right place to win the race.

Irish horse Ruler of the World was the favourite heading into the race, but was way off the pace as African Story reigned supreme in Dubai.

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 09:  Silvestre De Sousa riding Shuruq (L) wins Race 6, Al Maktoum Challenge Round during the first Longines Carnival Meeting at the Meydan Racecourse on January 9, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Franc
Francois Nel/Getty Images

 

 

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