Utopia Gives Japan Godolphin Mile Win
Updated: Saturday, March 25, 2006 5:05 PM
Posted: Saturday, March 25, 2006 3:16 PM
Utopia made all under jockey Yutaka Take to claim the $1 million Godolphin Mile (UAE-II) by four lengths for Japan Saturday on Dubai World Cup night at Nad Al Sheba.
Utopia, a 6-year-old Japanese-bred son of Forty Niner, was the second winner from Japan in the history of the Dubai World Cup meeting. He follows Stay Gold's win in the 2001 Dubai Sheema Classic (UAE-I).
Turkish raider Win River Win came with a late run under Halis Karatas to take second a neck in front of Jack Sullivan, trained by Gerard Butler and ridden by Eddie Ahern.
"The start was very good, so I thought he had a good chance," said Kojiro Hashiguchi, the trainer of Utopia. "The primary factor of his winning was that he could keep his pace. I believed (in) his win in the middle of the stretch, and I shouted in a loud voice. I am very happy to win for Japan."
The chestnut added blinkers for his first start since a third-place finish in the February Stakes (Jpn-I) at Tokyo last month. He won for the eighth time in 31 starts while earning $600,000 for owner Makoto Kaneko. That pushed his career total to $4,823,265.
After the first three finishers came Marbush (IRE), Shamoan (IRE), Court Masterpiece (GB), Island Fashion (USA), Blatant (GB), Lundy's Liability (BRZ), and Holiday Camp (USA).
The Time was 1:35.88.
John Velazquez, rider of fifth placed Shamoan, said: "I thought I had a perfect position and if he had the engine that he would fire. He just didn't kick in the way I thought he would."
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