Godolphin orchestrated the downfall of pre-race favourite Postponed in the Dubai City Of Gold at Meydan on Saturday with Saeed bin Suroor’s Prize Money coming out on top after a dramatic tussle.
Sheikh Mohammed Obaid’s Postponed was seeking to become the first horse to post back-to-back victories in the Group 2 turf contest over 2,400 metres under Andrea Atzeni, but Prize Money and Adrie de Vries edged him out by a neck of a pulsating finish.
Emotionless, also owned by Godolphin, ran his best race for 18 months and finished third.
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Postponed and Prize Money will now settle down for the rematch in the Dubai Sheema Classic in three weeks, a race which Postponed won last season, and De Vries is certainly looking forward to it.
“He must be a serious horse, and he’s just improving all the time,” the jockey said. “I knew if Postponed wasn’t 100 per cent there was a small chance for me. I was afraid I’d got there a little too soon but he lasted until the end. He should come on for that.”
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, timed his run to perfection and as the gates opened, he appeared in the parade ring to watch the race.
Postponed emerged from stall 10 and his pacemaker and stablemate at Roger Varian’s in Newmarket, King Bolete, took the field along under Jack Mitchell who was having his first ride at the UAE’s flagship course.
Where owner Sheikh Mohammed Obaid had two runners, Godolphin had four, and in the straight, Postponed endured traffic problems when hemmed in by the royal blue runners Emotionless and Memorial Day.
“I had to drop in because I didn’t want to be forced four wide all the way around,” Atzeni said.
“The pace wasn’t strong enough for him, either. We were short of room but he had every chance up the straight and he just took a bit of time to get going.”
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