Dubai World Cup: Prince Bishop upstages American star California Chrome to win big race   Leave a comment

Dubai World Cup: Prince Bishop upstages American star California Chrome to win big race

William Buick celebrates his amazing win on Prince Bishop in Dubai.

William Buick celebrates his amazing win on Prince Bishop in Dubai. Source: AFP

PRINCE Bishop left racing fans scratching their heads when he cut down the rags-to-riches American horse California Chrome to win the $10 million Dubai World Cup.

It was a stunning outcome at the world’s richest race, and one virtually unforseen by the 60,000 spectators at Meydan racecourse.

The stage looked set for California Chrome to join a hallowed cast of previous winners when jockey Victor Espinosa moved his mount into a challenging position rounding the turn for home.

Prince Bishop crosses the line out wide to take the big race.

Prince Bishop crosses the line out wide to take the big race. Source: AP

But jockey William Buick aboard Prince Bishop had other ideas. Having countered Espinosa’s move, Buick drove his mount past the sentimental favourite en route to a decisive victory.

The second American challenger, Lea, finished third, one place ahead of local hope Candy Boy.

“I don’t go numb very often but I can’t explain what I’m feeling right now,” Buick said.

“This is just nuts.”

It was the fourth time Prince Bishop, who is trained in Dubai by Saeed Bin Suroor, had contested the World Cup.

He finished ninth last year, seventh in 2012 and tenth the previous year. His victory earned his owner, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohd al Maktoum of the Dubai ruling family, the winner’s purse of $6 million.

Bin Suroor was posting his seventh triumph in the race. He won it 12 months ago with African Story but that horse could finish only sixth this time under Bin Suroor’s senior jockey, James Doyle.

Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid al-Maktoum receives the winners trophy.

Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid al-Maktoum receives the winners trophy. Source: AFP

Japan’s pair of champions, Hokko Tarumae and Epiphaneia, could finish only fifth and last respectively in the nine-runner field.

Art Sherman, who trains California Chrome, was magnanimous in defeat.

“Second money is not bad at all,” he said.

“He ran his eyeballs out. He was right there in contention all the way.

“The horse you think is going to win doesn’t always. That’s what happens in this game.”

An eight-year-old horse, Prince Bishop is the oldest winner of the Dubai World Cup.

This was his 11th victory from 28 starts. It was by some way the most significant.

Originally published as Old-timer Prince Bishop pulls off Dubai upset

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Posted March 30, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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