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Jockey Frankie Dettori celebrates aboard Lord North after the Dubai Turf.

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2021 Dubai Turf Results

Date: 3/27/2021

The $4 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 12 older horses went to post, with Lord North sent off as the 8-5 favorite, unraced since 4th in the Breeders' Cup Turf (G1). In to challenge him included 2-1 second choice Al Suhail, 3rd in the Jebel Hatta (G1), and 9-2 third choice Lord Glitters, winner of the Jebel Hatta.

Lord North leads down the stretch

Jockey Tadgh O'Shea sent 50-1 First Contact to the lead exiting the chute and he set fractions of 25.23, 48.43, and 1:11.66 while pressed by 15-1 Eqtiraan and stalked by 35-1 Zainhom. Turning for home, Lord North, 9th early under Frankie Dettori, swept to the front through 1 mile in 1:34.78. Kept to task by Dettori, Lord North drew off to win by 3 lengths over 10-1 Vin de Garde in 1:46.46. It was another length back to late-running 30-1 Felix 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) 10 Lord North 5.60 2.10 3.10 12 Vin De Garde 26.00 5.40 5 Felix 15.80 Running time - 1:46.46 $1.00 EXACTA 10-12 21.20 $1.00 TRIFECTA 10-12-5 330.00 $1.00 SUPERFECTA 10-12-5-3 3,776.20

Left: Lord North heads to the winner's enclosure. Thady Gosden, assistant to winning trainer and father John said, "We were always hoping he would run well as he was in brilliant form out here. But he definitely put that race to bed very well from pretty far back. We will take him home now and then maybe give him a break and target the race he won last year at Ascot."

Right: Lord North heads back to the barn after the race.

Left: The trophy presentation for the Dubai Turf with Abdulla Bin Damithan, Chief Commercial Officer of DP World UAE region, assistant trainer Thady Gosden, and jockey Frankie Dettori.

Right: Lord North heads out to the track before the race. Winning jockey Frankie Dettori said, "It was a nice pace. I had plenty of horse and I know he stays really well. So I kicked early and he flew. I didn't do much else after that, he did the rest. He was a handful in the early days, so he got gelded and he is much more focussed now. He is a horse for all the good races this year. I'm sure the Gosdens will have a plan."

Left: Second place finisher Vin De Garde returns after the race. Jockey Mickael Barzalona said, "I had no orders at all, (trainer Hideaki Fujiwara) just asked me to ride my horse where he was happy and suitable. Actually I was very relaxed where I was. I just had to find a way to go, as the horse in front of me wasn't very good. But I knew the danger would come from behind. My horse ran a very good race. I just got beaten by a horse that was better on the day, he was a Group 1 winner in Europe. This was my third year in a row I was riding the Japanese horse here, but I was beaten again."

Right: Third place finisher Felix in the walking ring. Lucie Botti, assistant to winning trainer and husband Marco said, "That's the first time he ran on the grass for us and I presume it's going to be his career-best and we're just absolutely delighted. The rider was very happy. He said he travelled very nicely, he relaxed behind. He said he was quite surprised how well he ran. Everyone is very, very pleased."

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