Invasor Wins 2007 Dubai World Cup

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Invasor clinches 2007 Dubai World Cup

Other Dubai World Cup race results

Invasor lived up to his billing as the best racehorse in the world when he won the $6 million Emirates Airline Dubai World Cup (G1) last March 31 at Nad-al-Sheba Racecourse in Dubai, UAE.

The 2000-meter race on dirt, acknowledged the richest race in the world, featured a field of seven, the smallest field in its 12-year-history.

2006 Horse of the Year Invasor was sent off as the slight 5-4 favorite over Godolphin hope Discreet Cat at 11-8. Discreet Cat defeated Invasor a year ago in the UAE Derby, but the pair had not faced each other again until the Dubai World Cup.

Also in the field was 7-1 third choice Premium Tap, third in the Breeders’ Cup Classic last year. 18-1 Forty Licks, 22-1 Kandidate, 33-1 Vermilion, and 40-1 Bullish Luck rounded out the field, but clearly the event was billed as a two-horse race between horses owned by two of the Maktoum brothers, Discreet Cat owned by Sheikh Mohammed and Invasor racing for Sheikh Hamdan.

Invasor was attempting to become the third Breeders’ Cup Classic winner to win the Dubai World Cup, following in the footsteps of Cigar and Pleasantly Perfect.

After a delayed start when Premium Tap refused to load, the field got underway but Discreet Cat started poorly and was unable to get to the lead. He appeared to be distracted as the field exited the chute and crossed the gap. Jockey Frankie Dettori swung him to the outside for running room for the backstretch run.

Fernando Jara sat chilly aboard Invasor, keeping the favorite to the outside of the field away from traffic. Premium Tap led the field most of the way with Forty Licks stalking him to his outside.

Turning for home, Discreet Cat was still at the back of the field and showed no rally when asked by Dettori, who eased him in the final furlong. Premium Tap continued to lead in upper stretch, but Invasor was gaining ground with every stride.

At the 5/16 pole Invasor drew alongside of Premium Tap, and the pair battled head to head for a furlong, until Invasor finally shook off Premium Tap inside the 3/16 pole and pulled away to win by 1 3/4 lengths in a final time of 1:59.97, just 0.47 seconds slower than Dubai Millennium’s record set in 2000. It was a long 8 lengths back to Bullish Luck in third, and 5 1/4 more back to Vermilion in fourth.

An overjoyed Jara said, “This is very, very special. To come to Dubai and win the world’s richest race is just unbelievable. It looked like it would be a tough race and Premium Tap made it difficult for us. I thought Discreet Cat would be on the lead, but I did not see him, and just concentrated on my horse. (Invasor) is such a tough horse and I owe him such a lot.”
Second place finisher Premium Tap’s jockey Kent Desormeaux remarked, “The winner was too good. (Invasor) couldn’t get me until at least the 3/16, then ate me up. The winner is a freak.”

Dettori, rider of beaten second favorite and last place finisher Discreet Cat, expressed his dismay. “I am very disappointed. I don’t know what to say…He was beaten a long way and I can’t tell you why.”

Godolphin veterinarians announced that Discreet Cat was scoped the next morning, “…which revealed an obstructive granulomatous mass within his throat, in addition to significant swelling of the underlying throat wall, as a result of an infective process. This would have affected his performance, firstly by physically obstructing the airflow into his throat and lungs, and secondly by causing him significant discomfort.

He is now undergoing appropriate treatment and assessments. Discreet Cat had a routine endoscopic examination performed of his respiratory airways earlier in the week, and no abnormalities were found.”

In the other Dubai World Cup races:

  • Epsom Derby winner Sir Percy could only manage fourth in the Dubai Sheema Classic (G1) won by Vengeance of Rain, trained by Hong Kong-based David Ferraris. The six-year-old, ridden by Anthony Delpech, came with a sustained run down the middle of the track to outstay Oracle West. Youmzain pipped Sir Percy in a photo finish for third place.

  • Asiatic Boy pulled away for an easy victory in the US$2 million UAE Derby, with Kentucky Derby prospect Day Pass a disappointing ninth. Asiatic Boy, bred in Argentina, finished nearly 10 lengths ahead of runner-up Jack Junior, with Adil third. “This is the best horse in the world,” enthused winning jockey Weichong Marwing.
  • In the first big race on the sport’s richest card of US$21.25m, Spring At Last won the $1 million Godolphin Mile by two-and-three-quarter lengths ahead of Parole Board. Mullins Bay was third.

Sources: bbc.co.uk, horse-races.net

Photo shows winning trainer Kiaran McLaughlin with his son Ryan, holding the golden whip presented to his father, and jockey Fernando Jara, also with a golden whip, holding the Dubai World Cup trophy.

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