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Jockey Oisin Murphy and Benbatl head to the winner's enclosure after the Dubai Turf.

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2018 Dubai Turf Results

Date: 03/31/2018

The $6 million DP World Dubai Turf (G1) is an 1800-meter (about 1 1/8 mile) trip around one turn of the turf course at Meydan Racecourse. A field of 15 older horses went to post, with Al Rashidiya Stakes (G2) winner Benbatl sent off as the lukewarm 4-1 favorite off his close second in the Jebel Hatta (G1). In to challenge him included 9-2 second choice Neorealism, third in the Hong Kong Cup (G1), and 5-1 third choice Lancaster Bomber, 5th in the Hong Kong Mile (G1) after finishing second in the Breeders' Cup Mile (G1).

Benbatl leads down the stretch

Jockey Jim Crowley sent 17-1 Janoobi to the lead exiting the chute and he set the pace down the backstretch while pressed by Benbatl and stalked by Neorealism. Entering the lane, Janoobi tired allowing Benbatl to inherit the lead at the 3/8 pole. Kept to task by jockey Oisin Murphy, Benbatl drew off to win by 3 1/4 lengths over late-running Vivlos in 1:46.02. It was a neck back to 10-1 Real Steel and 30-1 Deirdre who dead-heated for third.

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

7th RACE MEYDAN - Dubai Turf (Group 1) 5 Benbatl $10.00 $6.20 $3.80 7 Vivlos $13.60 $7.40 8 Real Steel $3.80 13 Deirdre $8.20 Running time - 1:46.02 $1.00 EXACTA 5-7 $53.40 $1.00 TRIFECTA 5-7-8 $509.50 $1.00 SUPERFECTA 5-7-8-13 $4,443.80 $1.00 SUPERFECTA 5-7-13-8 $7,035.60

Left: Benbatl in the winner's enclosure with Sheikh Mohammed's youngest daughter Jalila. Winning trainer Saeed bin Suroor said, "We saw last year that he is a good horse and I am so happy with him. He was weak as a 2-year-old so we looked after him and he won his maiden well first time up. He made a good start to his career that day and has kept on progressing. He has won his Group 3 and Group 2 and now he has won his Group 1, which is great to see. He will have a break now and then he will go for the Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot."

Right: The trophy presentation with Sheikh Mohammed's youngest son Zayed. Suroor added, "I thought he was my best chance of a winner on the evening, and am glad to have been proved right by a very good horse."

Left: Benbatl before the race. Winning jockey Oisin Murphy said, "My trip was very good. The horse was in brilliant condition. I work hard in the mornings and I dream about riding horses like this. To get the opportunity is fantastic. Saeed bin Suroor and his stable have done a good job with this horse. He only started his 3-year-old campaign this time last year and he's come a long way in a short space of time."

Right: Benbatl parades with his new winner's blanket. Murphy added, "Last time, I gave the horse a bad ride. He jumped slow last time and the pace was slow so I couldn't come back and I ended up wide and covered extra ground. It was just very good of Sheikh Mohammed and Saeed (bin Suroor) for giving me another chance on him. He's very talented. Today he had a good trip, and he showed his class. I'm living the dream."

Left: Second place finisher Vivlos heads out to the track before the race. Jockey Cristian Demuro said, "The trainer asked me to keep her behind because she can pull too much. She relaxed behind and had a good turn of foot. I'm very happy she's coming back to form." Trainer Yasuo Tomomichi added, "Was a bit slow out of the gate but she race well in the end and closed well. She ran really well."

Right: Third place finisher (dead heat) Real Steel in the paddock before the race. Jockey Mickael Barzalona said, "He ran well and we had he ran a very good race. I think he still has something in him and should improve next time out." Trainer Yoshito Yahagi added, "He ran well today. The winner was just too strong, but he ran well."

Third place finisher (dead heat) Deirdre heads out to the track before the race. Jockey Christophe Lemaire said, "I really thought we were going to win as we were going down the stretch since the pace fitted her well but the winner was just too strong."

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