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French raider Gloria De Campeao wins Dubai World Cup

William Buick on Dar Re Mi
Buick celebrates his victory on Dar Re Mi at Meydan

French-trained Gloria De Campeao won the Dubai World Cup, the world's richest race, in a photo finish.

Earlier William Buick secured a British win on Dar Re Mi for Newmarket trainer John Gosden in the Sheema Classic.

At Doncaster, hot favourite Penitent hammered the bookmakers by landing the Lincoln Handicap on the opening day of the British flat racing season.

The 3-1 market leader, ridden by Johnny Murtagh and trained in Newmarket by William Haggas, had been well backed.

In the $10m (£6.73m) Dubai World Cup, Lizard's Desire and Gloria De Campeao were involved in a dramatic photo finish.

Brazilian-bred Gloria De Campeao, trained by Pascal Bary and ridden by Tiago Pereira, ran out the 16-1 winner a year after finishing second to winner Well Armed.

"To win a race like that with a horse like this is great. He's such a wonderful horse, he always tries," said Bary.

"The other horse finished so fast I wasn't sure if we had won."

Lizard's Desire, trained by South African Mike de Kock, was a narrow runner-up with Allybar in third as the British runners were out of luck.

Henry Cecil's twice Over was prominent but forced to race wide and faded in the closing stages while Kieren Fallon only brought Gitano Hernando through late on.

Leading fancy Vison d'Etat disappointed after being cleared to run despite an injury scare.

The Dubai World Cup, established in 1996, took place this year at the luxurious new 60,000-capacity Meydan Racecourse, and was one of eight races at the one-day meeting.


In the Dubai Sheema Classic, 21-year-old Buick landed an early triumph in his new partnership with Gosden after only recently being named stable jockey.

In his first ride in Group One company for his new boss, Buick guided the 9-1 chance Dar re Mi, owned by Lord Lloyd-Webber, to victory after he showed a devastating turn of foot to hold off Buena Vista and Spanish Moon.

"I have watched William develop and have always liked his style, his balance and his level-headedness," said Gosden.

"He is professional, bright and talented.

"When you see a young guy like him you are surprised that no-one takes them on.

Pereira carries a Brazil flag as Gloria De Campeao is led in
Pereira carries a Brazil flag as Gloria De Campeao is led in

"I talked to a couple of great jockeys who I trust and they said to take him on, as I did with Frankie (Dettori). He came to me without ever having ridden for me."

At Doncaster, top Irish jockey Murtagh was the toast of punters after guiding the well-backed Lincoln favourite Penitent to victory.

Murtagh was called by Haggas several weeks ago to take the ride on the four-year-old and once he swooped to the front in the one-mile feature, his rivals were left trailing.

Prime Exhibit was his nearest challenger and finished second under Willie Carson junior, with Mull of Killough third and Smokey Oakey in fourth.

Drawn in stall one, Murtagh always looked confident although Richard Fahey's bottom weight Prime Exhibit made a bold bid for home two furlongs out.

Murtagh did not have to get too serious on the Cheveley Park Stud-owned gelding and the favourite pulled two and a half lengths clear.

In-form Haggas celebrated a Saturday double as the 11-8 favourite South Easter won the Magnolia Stakes at Kempton.

And another man celebrating was jockey Paul Hanagan at Doncaster whose Spring Mile victory on Irish Heartbeat (4-1f) kick-started a four-timer as Inxile (17-2), Chiswick Bey (6-1) and Red Jade (7-2 jt fav) followed up.

Dubai World Cup

1 Gloria De Campeao (T Pereira) P Bary 16-1
2 Lizard's Desire 33-1
3 Allybar 16-1
14 ran

William Hill Lincoln Handicap 1m, Doncaster
1 Penitent (J Murtagh) W Haggas 3-1f
2 Prime Exhibit 12-1
3 Mull of Killough 11-1
4 Smokey Oakey 20-1
21 ran. Dist: 2½, 3¾, nk

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Well Armed eases to World Cup win
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Curlin powers to victory in Dubai
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