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Horse Racing - Thunder Snow makes history with second Dubai title

Horse Racing - Thunder Snow makes history with second Dubai title
Horse Racing - Dubai World Cup - Meydan Racecourse, Dubai, United Arab Emirates - March 30, 2019 Thunder Snow ridden by Christophe Soumillon wins the Dubai World Cup Sponsored By Emirates Airline REUTERS/Christopher Pike   -   Copyright  CHRISTOPHER PIKE(Reuters)
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DUBAI (Reuters) – Thunder Snow became the first horse to win back-to-back $12 million Dubai World Cup titles after a thrilling finish at Meydan Racecourse on Saturday.

The Saeed bin Suroor-trained five-year-old won the prestigious race last year and repeated the feat with Belgian jockey Christophe Soumillon, scooping $7.2 million in prize money in one of the world’s richest horse races.

Thunder Snow, a 4-1 shot, was locked in a battle with Gronkowski on the final stretch and it was the Godolphin horse that was given the verdict in a photo finish.

The 2-1 favourite Capezzano finished last of the 12 runners.

Thunder Snow’s victory was one of four Group One triumphs in a day for Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum’s Godolphin team.

“It was very hard to get by Gronkowski,” Soumillon said.

“I was looking more like a Cheltenham jump jockey in the end instead of an American-style jockey, but you need to keep him going and do something different.

“I want to say a big thank you to Saeed Bin Suroor and Sheikh Mohammed because just before the race they said that I need to be confident and do everything right. Thanks to Thunder Snow as well as without him I wouldn’t be able to do such great things.”

(Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond)

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