James McDonald rises in the saddle as he approaches the winning post on Hartnell in The BMW on Saturday.James McDonald rises in the saddle as he approaches the winning post on Hartnell in The BMW on Saturday.Photo: Getty Images

Godolphin has come out on top in a clash between two of racing’s superpowers, with Hartnell a dominant winner over Japan’s To The World in the BMW at Rosehill.

Punters saw Saturday’s race as a battle between $2.60 favourite To The World and former English horse Hartnell ($3.10), who caused a pre-race scare when he got his front legs over the barrier.

After the vet gave the OK, James McDonald  scored one of his most important wins since joining Sheikh Mohammed’s team.

Hartnell and To The World settled midfield with outsider Fast Dragon setting a strong tempo at the front.