Dubai – Thunder Snow made history in becoming the only horse to ever win the Group 1 Dubai World Cup twice, picking up winning prize-money of just over US$7.2 million for his Godolphin connections for the second season in a row.
Drawn in stall 12, Thunder Snow was ridden to sit prominently under Christophe Soumillon and, after early leader North America gave way entering the straight, the he and and Gronkowski, who also sat on the pace, battled all the way to the line.
There was a short-head in it as the two stayers battled it out, but Thunder Snow was the beneficiary as he stuck his head down on the line to deny the Oisin Murphy-ridden runner-up by the narrowest of margins.
Well-backed favourite Capezzano wasn’t able to get to the front and never featured under Mickael Barzalona.
Thunder Snow returned at 4-1, Gronkowski rewarded Eachway punters at 28-1, while Gunnevera was the only horse to close from the back and finished third at 12-1. – www.racingpost.com