By Andy Sambidge
Victoire Pisa gives Japan an emotional victory in the world's richest race at Meydan Racecourse
Victoire Pisa provided a much needed morale boost to Japan with victory in the Dubai World Cup, the world's most valuable race, at Meydan on Saturday night.
The four-year-old was ridden by Italian Mirco Demuro who sported a black armband in honour of the tsunami victims.
Trained by Katsuhiko Sumi, Victoire Pisa led home a famous one-two for Japan as compatriot Transcend was a close runner-up.
Monterosso was third for the Godolphin team while the pre-race favourite, the Henry Cecil-trained Twice Over, was never in the running and finished a disappointing ninth.
The win in the Dubai World Cup was Victoire Pisa's third straight win following scores in the Group 2 Nakayama Kinen and the Group 1 Arima Kinen.
"This day is for Japan," said Manami Ichikawa, daughter of winning owner Yoshimi Ishikawa in comments published by the UK's Racing Post.
"It's a dream - it's the number one thing and it's unbelievable. We appreciate all the support we've received for everyone in Japan."
Earlier, Dubai's Godolphin stable enjoyed a triple success. Frankie Dettori rode Rewilding to victory in the $5m Dubai Sheema Classic, the race prior to the $10m Dubai World Cup.
Skysurfers, also with Dettori on board, survived a spirited duel down the Meydan straight to win the $1m Group Two Godolphin Mile.
This was followed by a thrilling victory in the $2m UAE Derby by Khawlah who edged out Master Of Hounds in a photo finish.