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2013 Godolphin Mile & Kahayla Classic Results

Date: 03/30/2013

The $1 million Godolphin Mile (G2) on Dubai World Cup night featured a field of 12 older horses go 1600 meters (about 1 mile) around one turn of the Tapeta synthetic track at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai. Soft Falling Rain, undefeated in 6 starts including the UAE 2000 Guineas (G3) last out, was sent off as the 8-5 favorite in the field of 14 over 5-1 second choice Surfer, fourth in the Maktoum Challenge Round 3 (G1), and 9-1 third choice Moonwalk in Paris, off a third place finish in the Burj Nahaar (G3).

Soft Falling Rain leads in the stretch

27-1 Red Jazz battled with 13-1 Alpha down the backstretch through an opening quarter in 25.22 seconds while stalked by 32-1 Capital Attraction. On the turn, Red Jazz tired as Alpha led through a half in 47.97 before 55-1 longest shot Haatheq moved up to gain a short lead at the 1/4 pole through 3/4 in 1:13.13. Haatheq led to the 1/16 pole but Soft Falling Rain, 8th early, rallied through the stretch, gaining the lead inside the 1/16 pole to win by 3/4 length in 1:39.97, completing a 1-2 exacta for owner Sheikh Hamdan al Maktoum. It was another 3/4 length back to late-running Moonwalk in Paris third.

Results Chart for the race from Emirates Racing Authority which includes a link to the video replay. Results for US wagering:

3rd RACE Meydan Racecourse - GODOLPHIN MILE (Group 2) 
13  Soft Falling Rain (Saf)    $5.20    $2.40     -
10  Haatheq                      -     $27.20     -
15  Moonwalk In Paris (Fr)       -      $6.60     -

Running time - 1:37.52

$1.00 EXACTA 13-10              $152.80
$1.00 TRIFECTA 13-10-15         $980.90
$1.00 SUPERFECTA 13-10-15-7   $7,797.50

Left: Soft Falling Rain in the winner's enclosure. Winning trainer Mike de Kock said, "I haven't seen too many horses under pressure that far out and still find something at the finish. It just shows how good a horse he is. Turning for home I would have been happy to be second but the horse dug in and fought all the way. I thought he could win but in the race, I was worried. I knew he'd won when he crossed the line. He will go to Royal Ascot and I will enter him in the Queen Anne Stakes and the Diamond Jubilee Stakes."

Right: Soft Falling Rain heads back to the barn. Jockey Paul Hanagan said, "They went so quick from the start that I had to go wider than I wanted all the way. I wondered whether he could come forward when we reached the straight but this horse is so genuine."

Left: Second place finisher Haatheq returns after the race. Jockey Royston Ffrench said, "It was an incredible race and he ran his heart out. It was great for His Highness to finish first and second. Obviously I'd have liked to have been on the other end of it but I'm very pleased."

Right: Third place finisher Moonwalk in Paris in the walking ring. Jockey Ahmed Ajtebi said, "He ran very well. They went hard early. I couldn't really get a breather into him. I had to use him quite early but he ran on really well."

The first race on Dubai World Cup night is the $250,000 Dubai Kahayla Classic (G1), a 2000 meter (about 1 1/4 mile) trip over the Tapeta track for Purebred Arabian horses. Areem was loose on the lead through fractions of 28.14, 53.85, and 1:21.70 while as many as 8 3/4 lengths in front of Sahib du Clos in second. At the top of the lane, the pacesetter tired badly as Sahib du Clos inherited the lead through 1 mile in 1:51.62, but the fast early pace took its toll and set the race up for the closers. Versac PY, 9th early, gained a short lead at the 1/8 pole but Al Mamun Monlau, 11th early, closed late to win by a head in 2:20.26. It was another 2 3/4 lengths back to defending champion TM Fred Texas third.

Results Chart for the race from Emirates Racing Authority.

To the right is Al Mamun Monlau in the winner's enclosure. Winning jockey Christophe Soumillon said, "It was a perfect race for me. I followed Versac PY) and when he went clear I switched between horses and chased after him. My horse had a lot of ground to make up but in the end he was very genuine to catch the leader in the last stride." Trainer Jean-Francois Bernard added, "He is the best three-year-old in France and he liked it here from the day he arrived. He had a lot of gas left halfway round the turn (for home) and I thought he would finish well. Christophe rode a great race and I am very happy."

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