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Saudi-owned Arrogate wins Dubai Cup

Horse recovered from a poor start to win the $10m prize

Saudi-owned Arrogate wins Dubai Cup
Jockey Mike Smith riding Arrogate celebrates with the trophy and trainer Bob Baffert (L) after winning the Dubai World Cup Sponsored By Emirates Airline during the Dubai World Cup at the Meydan Racecourse on March 25, 2017 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Getty Images)

Arrogate, ridden by Mike Smith, came back from a shaky start to sprint to victory in the $10-million Dubai World Cup on Saturday, beating Gun Runner in the world's second-richest horse race.

Trained by Bob Baffert, the odds-on favourite, made a dramatic comeback in the 2,000-metre contest after breaking from the stalls at the back of the pack.

"It was like watching Seabiscuit or something. It was a Hollywood-type finish," Baffert told reporters at the 60,000-capacity Meydan racecourse.

Neolithic came third of the 14 runners in the contest, which was the world's richest horse race until being surpassed by Florida's $12-million Pegasus World Cup this year.

Smith rode off the track after the win with the Saudi flag of owner Prince Khalid bin Abdullah draped around his shoulders.

"Once we got away like that and got squeezed leaving there, I had no choice but to just sit there and let him collect himself," Smith said.

"When I called on him heading for home, he just took off. It was just incredible, just incredible."

The four-year old Arrogate, rated as the world’s best horse, is owned by Prince Khalid bin Abdullah Al Saud of Saudi Arabia. His son Khalid was on hand to accept the $10 million (AED36.7m) prize from Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance.

*with Reuters

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