Thunder Snow sets track record to win Dubai World Cup

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Under Belgian jockey Christophe Soumillon, four-year-old colt Thunder Snow led from the front ahead of West Coast and cruised to victory by five-and-three-quarter lengths to win in a track-record time of 2min 01.38sec.

Thunder Snow also capped off a remarkable evening for His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum as it was Godolphin's fourth of the night, and the second leg of doubles for Soumillon and bin Suroor.

Jungle Cat won the Al Quoz Sprint for Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby, who also scored with Hawkbill in the Sheema Classic while bin Suroor earlier collected the Dubai Turf with Benbatl. "It's magic. I work hard every day to make sure someday something insane like this will happen". The eventual victor simply zoomed clear upon straightening, and he hit the line 5 3/4 lengths to the good while West Coast and Mubtaahij maintained their positions to fill the trifecta.

The six-year-old, ridden by Soumillon for trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre, will now be aimed at the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot in June. When I saw him, he was confident in front, and I thought surely the horse was going to win from then. However, it wasn't that hard in the end. Saeed did a great job and the horse made everything - it makes the jockey's life so easy when ride you great horses. "He told me to try to get the best start possible and stay close to the pace". The jockey is the best of the best.

"Our horses ran well - I knew they would - but we wanted to win", he admitted.

"We won two years in a row and now we come back to win a Group 1 - is a very good result and brilliant", Bin Suroor said of his first World Cup triumph since saddling Prince Bishop to victory in 2015. "He is the best leader and gives us the best horses". "It was always on my mind to run him in the Dubai World Cup and he will have a break now, before running in Europe or America".

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In May 2017, Thunder Snow was the butt of a few jokes on Twitter after refusing to race in the Kentucky Derby.

Jungle Cat, also trained by Appleby, was the fourth victor for Godolphin in the 1,200-meter Al Quoz Sprint. When I was a kid in jockey school I was looking and screaming when Cigar won.

"As soon as he was out the stalls and in a good position, I thought he would go well". "Very happy with his run".

Thunder Snow is the lone Group 1 victor for Darley's dual hemisphere shuttler Helmet.

Helmet, who stands at Darley in the Hunter Valley, won three G1s in Australia, including the 2011 Caulfield Guineas, but has only managed to produce two G3 winners in this country - Archives and Limestone.

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