Victory for Japan at World Cup 2011 in Dubai

Tuesday May 17 2011

Under the generous patronage of Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the 16th edition of the US$10 million (Dh36.7 million) Dubai World Cup (Group 1), the richest and most highly anticipated race in the world, took place on 26 of March at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai.

Victorie Pisa from Japan, ridden by Mirco Demuro, crosses the finish line of the $10,000,000 Dubai World Cup race, the world`s richest horse race, followed by 2nd place Transcend from Japan and 3rd placed Monterosso from Great Britain.

Given the raw emotion on show, not even losing connections could begrudge the Japanese their success when the earthquake and tsunami-hit country supplied the first two home in the big race.

Many of those present, even with no link to the stricken country, confessed to a lump in the throat as Katsuhiko Sumii`s lion-hearted charger took up the running in the backstretch.

Horse racing began in the Emirate in October 1981, when the dusty Camel Track hosted the first thoroughbred. The race meeting consisted of three races – a sprint, a mile and a mile and a half. Just over a decade later in 1992, the now world-famous racing stable Godolphin began, followed by the inaugural Dubai World Cup meeting in 1996.

The initial Dubai World Cup racemeeting put the United Arab Emirates on the map, as it has become the home of one of the world`s top racing challenges, and has drawn the attention of millions of enthusiasts around the globe.