Vazirabad under Christophe Soumilon lived up to his top billing by extending his winning streak to six from seven starts in the Dubai World Cup.
After a slow start, the gelded four-year-old son of Manduro, came with a late run to claim the longest race, 3,200m, of the DWC card from the British challenger Big Orange under Jamie Spender.
“His main quality is that he has a big turn of foot and we’re not afraid to use it,” Vazirabad trainer Alain de Royer Dupre said.
“He was a little tired at the end, perhaps he came too soon.”
Big Orange raced behind Certerach ridden by the UAE champion jockey elect Tadhg O’Shea who showed the way until they approached the final turn. Spencer had Big Orange ahead but Soumilon found an extra gear on the final 100m to flash first past the post.
“That was a huge run,” Big Orange trainer Michael Bell said. “The favourite is a very good horse and he made him pull out all the stops. It couldn’t have gone better, the race went beautifully apart from the fact he got beat a neck.
“We’ll make a plan when we get home but that tees us up nicely for a big year.”
Godolphin’s Haafaguineaunder James Doyle took third.
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