Dubai’s Thunder Snow wins $10 million Dubai World Cup 2018


Abdul Basit

Dubai – It was Dubai night or Thunder Snow’s night because coming out from gate 10, the horse stunned pre-race favourite West Coast to win the $10 million Dubai World Cup 2018 in Meydan on Saturday night.

The four-year-old Snow, the mount of Christophe Soumillon, ended Emirati trainer Saeed bin Suroor’s two-year drought by winning the 10-furlong affair by a comprehensive five-and-three-quarter of a length over strong favourite West Coast.

It was Snow’s seventh win in 18 starts but the biggest Group 1 victory of his fledging career. The win also increased Saeed bin Suroor’s tally to an astonishing record eight at the Dubai World Cup, the most by any trainer.

Thunder Snow belongs to Dubai-headquartered stable Godolphin, which was founded by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The same stable also won three more races during the big night – Al Qouz Sprint, Dubai Turf and Dubai Sheema Classic.

Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, also tasted success when his Heavy Metal won Godolphin Mile, the first race of the day.