Dead heat winning jockeys Yutaka Yoshida and Frankie Dettori celebrate with the trophy after the Dubai Turf.
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The $5 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. After 2 scratches, a field of 14 older horses went to post, with Mainichi Okan (G2) winner Schnell Meister sent off as the even-money choice off a close second in the Mile Championship (G1). In to challenge him included 9-2 second choice and last year's winner Lord North, second in the Winter Derby (G3), and 9-1 third choice Mohaafeth, fourth in the Juddmonte International (G1).
Down the stretch in the Dubai Turf
Jockey Yutaka Yoshida sent Panthalassa to the lead out of the chute and he set fractions of 24,29, 47.06, 1:09.60, and 1:32.68 while pressed by 11-1 Colonel Liam and stalked by 30-1 Desert Fire. In the stretch Panthalassa continued to lead as Lord North, 8th early under Frankie Dettori, and Vin de Garde, 12th early under Mickael Barzalona, put in their late rallies. The three hit the line together in 1:45.77, just 0.25 second off the track record. After a 10 minute delay, the photo finish revealed a dead heat for win between favorite Lord North and pacesetter Panthalassa, with Vin de Garde just a nose back in third.
Results Chart for the race from Emirates Racing Authority which includes a link to the video replay. Results for US wagering:
Right: Lord North in the walking ring before the race. Winning jockey Frankie Dettori said, "I thought I was beaten on the line. He had half the year off, he almost died last year so to get him back to performing at this level, it is a great credit to the team. He gave me everything he had so I can't ask for anything more. What an amazing achievement by everyone and this horse, he's just a fighter. Very few horses can do what he's done and come back to win the Dubai Turf for the second time. What a horse."
Left: Dead heat winner Panthalassa heads to the winner's enclosure. Winning trainer Yoshito Yahagi said, "Usually when he runs he takes the lead and really runs off with the race. We thought he was going to go a little bit further out wide than he did but he really held on until the end. He’s always been a really good starter so we weren’t too worried about the draw. We’ve had a lot of good luck today so we didn’t think we’d lose! I’ve never known a wait like that in a photo finish."
Right: Panthalassa heads back to the barn after the race. Winning jockey Yutaka Yoshida said, "It was a very good run from my horse and he did all that I asked of him and only just managed to hold on in the end. This was a very good run from him. I am happy."
Left: Third place finisher Vin de Garde returns after the race. Jockey Mickael Barzalona said, "My horse ran a very good race, but he didn't have the luck in the end. We were unlucky."
Right: Eighth place finisher and beaten favorite Schnell Meister heads out to the track before the race. Jockey Christophe Lemaire said, "I had a good trip in the middle. He didn’t finish like I expected. He is better than that."
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