03/25/2006 12:00AM

Electrocutionist king of the World

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Elecrocutionist (left) with Frankie Dettori up wins the 2006 Dubai World Cup on Saturday at Nad Al Sheba in Dubai.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - A home track advantage helped Electrocutionist beat a field that included five American rivals in Saturday's $6 million Dubai World Cup at Nad Al Sheba racecourse.

Making just his second start on dirt, three weeks after winning a Group 2 stakes by seven lengths here, Electrocutionist rallied from sixth in a field of 11 to beat the American star Brass Hat by 1 1/2 lengths. Wilko, the winner of the 2004 Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Lone Star Park, finished third.

Of the other American starters, Magna Graduate finished fourth, Super Frolic was ninth and Choctaw Nation finished 10th.

Electrocutionist finished about 1 1/4 miles in 2:01.32, giving the Maktoum family's Godolphin racing their fourth win in the 11-year history of the race.

"We were going in against the tough, battle-hardened, polished American team," said Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford. "It's a European style stretch and it really suited him. He only got going in the last eighth."

Ridden by Frankie Dettori, Electrocutionist overcame the disadvantage of an inside post and the unknown factor of how he would react to taking dirt in his face, to score a victory in the world's richest race.

Electrocutionist's chances were not helped when he broke a stride slow, leaving him in sixth for the first half-mile on the inside.

Magna Graduate and Super Frolic shared the early lead, closely followed by Wilko and Brass Hat.

At the top of the stretch, there were four American horses across the track, with Electrocutionist and the well-regarded Kane Hekili of Japan in close pursuit.

By then, Dettori had moved Electrocutionist well off the rail.

"At the five-eighths pole, I found a gap on the outside and that probably won me the race," he said.

Brass Hat and Wilko were fighting for the lead at the top of the three-furlong stretch, but were quickly challenged by Electrocutionist.

Racing three wide, Electrocutionist joined Brass Hat at the front, but could not draw clear until the final furlong.

"When I moved him out, he found another gear for me," Dettori said. "I couldn't shake Brass Hat. Only in the last 20 yards did I think I would win."

The runner-up finish ended a three-race winning streak for Brass Hat, who won the New Orleans and Donn handicaps earlier this year.

"Everybody knows that he's one of the best now," trainer Buff Bradley said.

Wilko, owned by Paul Reddam and Susan Roy, finished 4 1/2 lengths behind Electrocutionist.

"I couldn't ask for a much better performance than he gave me," jockey Garrett Gomez said.

Electrocutionist, 5, has won 8 of 10 starts and $4,959,355. His victory came in the final race of the program, ending a successful night for Godolphin, which won the $2 million UAE Derby earlier in the evening with Discreet Cat.