03/29/2014 1:55PM

Dubai World Cup: African Story scores first Group 1 victory

Dubai Racing Club photo
African Story and jockey Silvestre de Sousa win the $10 million Dubai World Cup by 2 3/4 lengths Saturday.

African Story, fifth in the 2013 Dubai World Cup and winless for more than a year, won his first Group 1 race with a career-best performance in Saturday’s $10 million Dubai World Cup at Meydan Racecourse in the United Arab Emirates.

The 7-year-old gelding was the beneficiary of a patient ride from jockey Silvestre de Sousa to win the world’s richest race by 2 3/4 lengths.

African Story gave owner Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin Racing a record sixth win in the Dubai World Cup in the 19-year history of the race, and its first since Monterroso in 2012. For trainer Saeed Bin Suroor, African Story was a record sixth Dubai World Cup win, and his first since Electrocutionist in 2006.

De Sousa, who has risen in prominence as a stable jockey for Godolphin in Europe and Dubai in recent years, won his first Dubai World Cup on African Story.

African Story raced behind pacesetter Mukhadram for the first mile of the 1 1/4-mile race. De Sousa guided African Story to the outside of Mukhadram in the stretch and did not face a challenge after taking the lead in the final furlong.

Mukhadram held second in the field of 16, finishing 4 1/4 lengths in front of Cat O’Mountain.  Side Glance was fourth, followed by Akeed Mofeed, Red Cadeaux, Sanshaawes, Vancouverite, Prince Bishop, Military Attack, Belshazzar, Ron the Greek, Ruler of The World, Hillstar, Surfer, and Hokko Tarumae.

Ron the Greek won the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park last October and is now based in Saudi Arabia. Ruler of The World won the English Derby last June.

African Story paid $36.80 to win through the pari-mutuel system and was 12-1 with British bookmakers. Mukhadram was a 30-1 outsider in the pari-mutuel system. Cat O’Mountain was 35-1.

Mukhadram set his own pace, leading by about a length over stalkers African Story, Hokko Tarumae, and Ruler of The World. Turning for home, the Dubai World Cup was essentially a two-horse race. African Story was timed in 2:01.61 on the Tapeta Footings synthetic surface.

African Story is by Pivotal and was bred in England by Sheikh Mohammed’s Darley Stud. The gelding has won 7 of 18 starts and earned $7,426,079.

Prior to Saturday’s Dubai World Cup, African Story’s most prestigious win was the $1 million Godolphin Mile on the Dubai World Cup undercard in 2012. Last year, African Story won the Group 3 Burj Nahaar over a mile at Meydan in early March but was beaten seven lengths by Animal Kingdom in the Dubai World Cup later that month.

With the exception of a sixth-place finish in the BMW Champions Mile on turf in May 2012, African Story has raced exclusively at Meydan since the start of 2012. He raced in France at the start of his career in 2010 and 2011 and was second in the Group 3 Prix de la Porte Maillot over seven furlongs on turf at Longchamp in Paris in July 2011.

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Use the purse money and some influence to save Hollywood park! We owe it to the horses that were champions there, and it provides the best stable area in the country. Located next to the fourm that got a $55 million improvements this year Hollywood Park is located on a huge track of 236 acres, the last piece of open land left in Los Angeles. I think it can be saved for $250 million. Would be a great gesture by Sheikh Mohammed and will always hold its value as a great piece of Land. If I had his wealth I would do it. Keeping with his great generosity toward the horse and the sport of Kings.
John Murray More than 1 year ago
DRF Congratulations for allowing us to view the entire day of classic racing live. I found the Carnival of Racing World Cup Day entire production to be very well done from interviews, race coverage, real time live steward decision coverage, fantastic well organized, light show, choreographed professional entertainment to be on a par with the recent Olympic games. Superb day of racing. Well done Dubai and DRF.
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African Story ran on the surface before. Many of the Horses did not belong in that race, they a went in for the 10 million. If you want the money, work out on Tapeta for a few months and have a good race on a synthetic at least once.
rail rail More than 1 year ago
Its an unfair track, that's why you get weak winners, African story is a decent horse but on turf the likes of ROW, Military attack etc would beat him. Godolphin are bringing African story over for the second part of the European season, watch him struggle then.
Randy Baker More than 1 year ago
Very entertaining . I don't compare it with the Breeders Cup.Enjoy them both .I enjoy their uniqueness.I like that the World Cup draws from more parts of the world .The Breeders cup tailored for American racing .Apples and oranges.
jttf More than 1 year ago
you cant trust godolphin.
TheRaiderFan More than 1 year ago
winning jock was on camera passing a buzzer off after the race, sheikh mo will cut your head off if you mention it though
Casey More than 1 year ago
De Souza didn't pass a buzzer. Paul Hannagan knocked his whip out of his hand when he slapped him a "5". Hard to pass a buzzer or whatever when De Souza's hand is on the bottom. Watch the replay before you make such blind accusations. This is how bull crap rumors get started, by people being idiots.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im happy to see African Story win, he has always been a hard trying horse. Im also happy I boxed the Godlolphin and Mahktoum runners for a saver exacta! Hit the first pick 3, several .10 supers and 3 exactas on the day. Some of these runners dismissed at surprisingly high odds.
Daniel Garcia More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No lie on my part, not my fault if you cant pick a winner. I have bet African Story many times as well as the races from Dubai.
Edward Nelson More than 1 year ago
Godolphin runners flopped allday but somehow you won all those races and had the dupers and pick 3's. But all of a sudden you boxed goldolphin and mahktoum horses in the world cup??? Your a genius!!! I wish i could come on here and brag about my fake tickets i hit too
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not bet godolphin horses all day. His horses ran 1,2,3 in the world cup, which was so wide open I boxed 5 of his six runners in the world cup, only throwing Ron The Greek out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had a six horse super box with just african story of his horses, then bet the saver exacta box.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yeah so bad i got back $753 on my $1 Exacta!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But a profit. You must have wagered 10k to get sixof six, LOL.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How much did that sucker bet pay yesterday?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not only do you not know that it is very rude to use all caps but Pat Cummings, though he did have a lot of winners in his top four for each race. He actually had two races that he did not have them in his top 3 as you say. So, you probably need some glasses along with lessons in good manners.
Paul More than 1 year ago
I played him. He won the mile. Prepped for the mile last year and ran long. This year they prepped him for this. Ron I didn't like.
Bugsy Anderson More than 1 year ago
1) will be interesting to see how this horse is dismissed by the American fans 2) will be entertaining the excuses for Ron....tough race hung wide. 3) will be entertaining to read how this race is dismissed by Americans because its not on dirt despite the rest of the world traveling and racing on the same track and not complaining or making excuses.
Helene Beides More than 1 year ago
Ron has no excuses. He was positioned in first flight and had no pop.
ctgreyhound More than 1 year ago
RTG is a dirt horse. Period.
John Rogitz More than 1 year ago
Will be interesting to see how many juvenile straw men "Bugsy" can muster for his next worthless post.
M More than 1 year ago
No regional problems from Americans with most of ancestors top and bottom 3 back US stock (8 total, 3 back--dominant region of ancestry).. And even right up to 1st dam and sire till way back, they crossed US/CAN with European lines over and over.. Global horse but with strong bloodlines in US. He is like McDonalds: global but really of American origin.