Following Dubai Millennium's impressive eight-length victory in the Prince of Wales's Stakes (Eng-I) at Royal Ascot, Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford said the Seeking the Gold colt will make his final career start in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.
"There are no plans for him at the moment, apart from the fact his last race will be in the Breeders' Cup Classic, and he will probably not do too much traveling before that. He may well go over to the states a bit earlier than some of our other runners there have done in the past."
Making his first start since winning the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) in March, Saeed bin Suroor-trained Dubai Millennium led every step of the way while followed throughout until deep stretch by French Derby winner Sendawar (by Priolo). At the end, Dubai Millennium extended his margin to eight lengths under a hand ride from American Jerry Bailey. Sendawar could not keep pace and eventually finished fourth. German-based Sumitas (by Lomitas) closed for second, followed by Beat All (Dynaformer), two lengths back of the runner-up.
The victory marked the first win at Royal Ascot for Bailey, who is substituting for the injured Frankie Dettori on Godolphin's first-string horses. "He was brilliant, everything I had been told he would be," Bailey said. "(Horse of the Year and Dubai World Cup winner) Cigar was a super horse, but this is the best I have come across in a long time."
Dettori, who was on hand for the victory, said: "It brings tears to my eyes. I have never been so nervous in my life. Dubai Millennium is the best horse I have ridden. He's exceptional. I didn't think he was going to win that easily as they pumped up Sendawar to be a great champion…Everybody likes to see great champions and he is a great champion." Dettori said American racing fans will have an opportunity to see the colt in the Breeders' Cup. "I will give them something to talk about when we get to America," the rider said.
Said winning owner Sheikh Mohammed: "I said beforehand he was the best horse I have ever seen. In my 20 years in racing I have never come across one like him before." The owner said Dubai Millennium will be retired to Dalham Hall Stud in England at the end of this year.
"This was tremendous, fabulous," Crisford said. "It was quite an exceptional performance. Once he applied the pressure four furlongs out he had them all in trouble and by the time they reached the straight there was going to be only one winner."
The Aga Khan, Sendawar's owner who won half of the six races on Royal Ascot's opening card Tuesday, said: "The winner is very, very good. But Sendawar just didn't get the trip. That was always a big question mark and you could see that he just stopped at the mile marker. But that's racing." (More, Sporting Life