Vazirabad pips Beautiful Romance and Sheikhzayedroad for title

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Vazirabad pips Beautiful Romance and Sheikhzayedroad for title
Vazirabad (right) gave it his all in the final stretch to win the Dubai Gold Cup.

Dubai - Vazirabad was nowhere in the picture before the last 100 metres of this $1 million race

By Clareto Monsorate

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Published: Sat 25 Mar 2017, 5:10 PM

Last updated: Sat 25 Mar 2017, 7:17 PM

Beautiful Romance and Sheikhzayedroad were in for a surprise when Vazirabad, who likes to play second fiddle, gave it his all in the final stretch to win the Dubai Gold Cup, Group 2 at the Meydan Racecourse on Saturday.
Vazirabad was nowhere in the picture before the last 100 metres of this $1 million race. It was all about Beautiful Romance, Sheikhzayedroad and Heartbreak City.
As the 3,200 metre race began Lanfranco Dettori kept Big Orange in the front as Sheikhzayedroad, Beautiful Romance and later Zamaam followed closely on his heels as they went past the 2,200m mark.
They all ran the first 800m in less than a minute but coming into the last 1500m Big Orange continued to lead as Heartbreak City and Famous Kid kept a check on him by tucking in from the right.
Quest for More made his presence felt by staying in fourth until they reached the turn and it was Vazirabad popping in with long strides. But it was Saeed bin Suroor-trained Beautiful Romance who took charge here on the straight and until the 100m it looked his race for the taking.
But just like what happened in the first race, Vazirabad darted in and pulled through to catch Beautiful Romance and Sheikhzayedroad gasping for second and third placings.
Alain Royer-Dupre said of Vazirabad: "Every time he races he gets better and because of this I was confident of a good effort from him.
He likes to come from the back and Christophe took his time and picked them off one by one.
"He's a good horse with a great jockey and I think his main target this year will be the new Group One at Goodwood (Goodwood Cup), but we will also think about the Gold Cup (Ascot) as long as the ground is not too quick for him there."
The Saeed bin Suroor-trained Beautiful Romance was unclucky to finish second. According to jockey Oisin Murphy the race wasn't run to plan. "The race wasn't run to a plan as they went slowly early on, but I was very happy turning in as she was all set to go from the front but we were run down by the favourite.
"I think she's an improving filly and I was delighted to be able to keep the ride and it's great to be wearing the (Godolphin) colours."
Martin Harley said of Sheikhzayedroad: "I was a little bit unlucky, he travelled good, was nice and relaxed all the way and I thought there was plenty of room up the straight, but I was slightly hemmed in by Christophe's horse and without that I might have been second.
"But I would not have beaten the winner."
clareto@khaleejtimes.com


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