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2014 Godolphin Mile & Kahayla Classic Results

Date: 03/29/2014

The $1 million Godolphin Mile (G2) on Dubai World Cup night featured a field of 15 older horses go 1600 meters (about 1 mile) around one turn of the Tapeta synthetic track at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai. Burj Nahaar (G2) runner-up Variety Club was sent off as the 5-2 favorite over 3-1 second choice and defending champion Soft Falling Rain, ninth in the Mahab Al Shimaal (G3) last out, and 7-1 Flotilla, second in the Balanchine (G2).

Variety Club leads in the stretch

Jockey Anton Marcus sent Variety Club to the front exiting the chute and he set fractions of 24.69, 48.17, and 1:11.99 while pressed by Soft Falling Rain and 19-1 Brightline. Entering the lane, Brightline tired as the lead pair went on to duel all the way to the line. Through the stretch, Variety Club outfinished Soft Falling Rain to win by 1 length in 1:37.28. It was just a nose back to late-running Flotilla 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) 
15  Variety Club               $7.60    $3.60     -
 5  Soft Falling Rain            -      $3.00     -
 9  Flotilla                     -      $5.20     -

Running time - 1:37.28

$1.00 EXACTA 15-5                $19.40
$1.00 TRIFECTA 15-5-9           $156.80
$1.00 SUPERFECTA 15-5-9-8     $1,641.00

Left: Variety Club in the winner's enclosure. Winning trainer Tony Ramsden said, "To come here to compete means a lot, but to win is something special. This is great for South Africa and Anton gave him a great ride. He got a soft lead and was up there all of the way. This is giving me so much pleasure and it may take a while to sink in."

Right: Variety Club heads back to the barn in his new winner's blanket. Jockey Anton Marcus said, "He overcame the draw (15) pretty economically and pretty effortlessly. 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 Soft Falling Rain returns after the race. Jockey Paul Hanagan said, "He ran very well and there are no excuses to be second to that winner. He has been beaten by a very good horse and the race went exactly as I would have liked it to. He was a good bit better after his prep run last time and may have been even better again with another run behind him."

Right: Third place finisher Flotilla in the walking ring. Jockey Mikel Delzangles said, "She has run very well, but It was a shame that they slowed down the pace and that she had to come on the outside, it's difficult to do on this track. I don't know if she stays in training or goes to stud.

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. Naseem and Djainka des Forges battled for the lead through fractions of 28.22, 55.23, and 1:23.08 while stalked by Sahib du Clos. Entering the stretch, Raaziq, 6th early, moved up to take the lead through 1 mile in 1:50.68. However, Rabbah de Carrer, fourth early, outfinshed Djainka des Forges late to win by 3/4 length in 2:17.76. It was a head back to Musharab third.

Results Chart for the race from Emirates Racing Authority.

Winning jockey Olivier Peslier said, "Coming out of stall 15 was not ideal. I was a little afraid because he hangs to the left and it's useless with him, so I stayed where I was and followed Chrsitophe (Soumillion) the gap came at the right time. Luckily I had decided to stay on the rail and I knew that Rabbah could quicken. The winning post came at the right time." Trainer Majed Al Jahouri added, "It's a great honour to win this race, which is one of the biggest races in the world. I'm obviously delighted."

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