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Monterosso wins World Cup for Dubai ruler

Sheikh Mohammed watches his Godolphin contender storm home in $10m race

Monterosso wins World Cup for Dubai ruler
Monterosso, the mount of Mickael Barzalona, won the US$10m Dubai World Cup on Saturday.

Monterosso, the mount of Mickael Barzalona, won the US$10m Dubai World Cup on Saturday in brilliant style.

In a 1-2 finish for the Godolphin operation of Sheikh Mohammed, Capponi took second place three lengths away under jockey Ahmed Ajtebi in the sport's richest race.

Planteur, ridden by Ryan Moore for Newmarket-based Marco Botti, finished third of the 13 runners.

Frenchman Barzalona celebrated in the same flamboyant way he did after his success in last year's Epsom Derby on Pour Moi, raising his right arm in the air as he crossed the winning post.

Favourite So You Think, trained by Aidan O'Brien in Ireland and ridden by his son Joseph, was in contention turning into the straight but faded to fourth, with German raider Zazou fifth.

The first two home are trained by Mahmoud al-Zarooni and it was Godolphin's fifth success in the race since the event was inaugurated in 1996.

Earlier, the Dubai World Cup meeting suffered a tragedy when a horse broke a leg and fell early on in one of the supporting races on the card and had to be put down.

Jockey Silvestre de Sousa, riding Fox Hunt for Godolphin in the Dubai Gold Cup, emerged unscathed but the race was stopped as the runners went down the back straight with Fox Hunt still lying stricken.

The contest was declared void but after discussions with trainers track officials announced it would be re-run at the end of the evening.

Godolphin trainer Mahmoud al-Zarooni told Reuters: "The horse clipped his heel and came down. They had to put him down. Silvestre is fine."

It was an unhappy setback for Godolphin who had earlier won the Mile race with African Story, the 5-6 favourite ridden by Frankie Dettori.

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