DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Cavalryman came from near the back of the field to win the $1 million Dubai Gold Cup by three lengths Saturday in a victory for owner and Dubai ruler Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum.
The Irish-bred horse Seismos took an early lead but was quickly passed by the Saddler's Rock. The John Oxx-trained horse was in front for much of the race.
With Silvestre De Sousa aboard, Cavalryman made his move on the outside with 300 meters to go, taking the lead and beating Godolphin stablemate Ahzeemah and the French-bred Verema.
The Dubai Gold Cup is part of a nine-race World Cup card that has a total purse of $27.25 million. It culminates with the $10 million Dubai World Cup, the world's richest horse race.