Dubai World Cup 2014: the winner is… African Story

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In the picture above: Silvestre de Sousa salutes the crowd after riding African Story to victory in the Dubai World Cup 2014. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

The 2014 edition of the Dubai World Cup, produced an unexpected winner for the fourth time in five runnings at Meydan racecourse as African Story, ridden by Silvestre de Sousa and trained for Godolphin by Saeed bin Suroor, ran down Mukhadram in the straight to win by an easy two-and-three-quarter lengths. Silvestre de Sousa provided Godolphin’s trainer Saeed bin Suroor with his sixth win in the world’s richest horse race.

He was very unlucky here last time, he banged his head in the stalls. Now he’s proved that he’s the boy. I had a bit of bad luck in the earlier races and he has saved the night.

said De Sousa.

Ruler Of The World, running in new colours after a half-share in the 2013 Derby winner was sold to Sheikh Joaan al-Thani of Qatar, did not threaten from a wide draw.

Mukhadram ridden by Paul Hanagan for Newmarket trainer William Haggas, seized the initiative from the off despite a wide draw and was in front as the field turned away from the stands. Mukhadram still led turning for home, with many of his better-fancied rivals already struggling to raise a challenge, but De Sousa was poised on African Story, who had failed to win either of his two previous starts this year despite starting favourite for both.

The Dubai World Cup is a Thoroughbred horse race held annually since 1996 and contested at the Meydan Racecourse which in Arabic suggests a place where people congregate and compete, a sort of meeting point in the Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The race is operated through the Emirates Racing Authority (ERA) whose Chairman is Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Presidential Affairs of the United Arab Emirates. It offers nine races, consisting of eight Thoroughbred contests and one Purebred Arabian contest.

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