Life-size statute honoring Dubai World Cup winner Dubai Millennium.

Life-size statute honoring Dubai World Cup winner Dubai Millennium.

Anne M. Eberhardt

Dubai Millennium Honored in Godolphin Gallery

A life-size statute honoring Dubai World Cup winner, Dubai Millennium, was unveiled Thursday, just three days before the running of Dubai Would Cup program,minside the Godolphin Gallery at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse. The Godolphin Gallery is open to visitors at the racecourse.

The statute, commissioned by Dubai Capital International and designed by Madame Tussauds in London, was presented as a gift to Sheikh Mohammed.

The statute portrait recreates the moment when jockey Frankie Dettori and Dubai Millennium passed the finish line in the 2000 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) in track record setting time--1:59.50.

Dubai Millennium won nine of 10 starts when he was retired due to injury in August 2000. The multiple group I winner died of grass sickness in April 2001 during his first season at stud at Sheikh Mohammed's Dalham Hall Stud in England.

"This horse was very special and I was part of the Dubai Millennium fairytale," Dettori said. "To have something like this in the Godolphin Museum is very good."

Dettori donated the saddle, boots, and silks which were used in the exhibit.

The project involved 30 people, including seven sculptors, five moulders, six finishing artists, four engineers, a prop maker and a wardrobe artist, from Madame Tussauds. The project took three months to complete.