The Alain de Royer-Dupre-trained Shakeel moved into contention and two furlongs from the wire and engaged with Permian in a thrust-and-parry battle to the wire, where Shakeel prevailed by a nose in 2:30.42 over the good going.
Comments from the Jockey Christophe Soumillon and Trainer Alain De Royer-Dupré after Vazirabad's victory in the 2017 Dubai Gold Cup Courtesy Dubai Racing Club
For the last couple of years, French trainer Alain de Royer Dupre has left Meydan with at least one valuable prize in his pocket.
Australian sprint star Buffering thundered to victory in the $1 million Al Quoz Sprint (UAE-I) Sponsored By Meydan Hotels & Hospitality March 26 at Meydan.
Vazirabad turned in a career-defining performance Oct. 25 at Longchamp, taking charge late to defeat older runners, including seven-time group I winner Cirrus des Aigles, in the Prix Royal-Oak (Fr-I, French St. Leger).
Juddmonte's New Bay will look to go one better than his French Guineas runner-up finish in the Prix du Jockey Club (Fr-I, French Derby) May 31 at Chantilly.
Comments from Alain de Royer-Dupré, who has Dolniya in the Sheema Classic, and Cladocera in the Dubai Turf. Courtesy of the Dubai Racing Club
France-based filly Cladocera posted her second win of the 2015 Dubai World Cup Carnival in the $200,000 Balanchine Stakes (UAE-II) Sponsored by District One on the turf at Meydan Racecourse the night of Feb. 18.
Jockey Christophe Soumillon landed a group II double at the Dubai World Cup Carnival Jan. 29 at Meydan, winning both the Cape Verdi aboard Cladocera and the Al Rashidiya with Vercingetorix.
The Aga Khan's Dalkala won in a head bob at the finish line to deny favorite Tasaday in a Prix de l'Opera Longines (Fr-I) thriller Oct. 6 at Longchamp.
Temperamental French raider Chicquita scored her first career win in the Darley Irish Oaks (Ire-I) July 20 at the Curragh, but before her connections could celebrate they had to wait out a lengthy stewards' inquiry.
Impressive Epsom Oaks (Eng-I) winner Talent and Royal Ascot victress Riposte headline an eight-horse field for the Darley Irish Oaks (Ire-I) July 20 at the Curragh.
The 2010 Melbourne Cup (Aus-I) winner Americain will commence his stud career at Calumet Farm, it was announced Nov. 22.
Stephanie Nigge, travelling foreman for Trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre, talks about Americain. Watch Video
Stephanie Nigge, travelling foreman for Trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre, talks about Americain.
Shareta took command two furlongs from the wire and cruised to a sharp two-length victory in the Qatar Prix Vermeille (Fr-I) at Longchamp Sept. 16.
After a protracted battle that went the length of the stretch, French raider Shareta edged past The Fugue near the wire to capture the Darley Yorkshire Oaks (Eng-I) at York Racecourse Aug. 23.
The Aga Khan's Bayrir, winner of three of four previous races including a group II stakes in France, rallied late to win the $500,000 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) for 3-year-olds at Arlington Park Aug. 18.
French raider Giofra overhauled Elusive Kate near the wire to win the $248,000 Etihad Airways Falmouth Stakes (Eng-I) at Newmarket July 13.
The Aga Khan's Sagawara confirmed her classic credentials with a hard-fought neck victory over Rjwa to win the Montjeu Coolmore Prix Saint-Alary (Fr-I) at Longchamp May 27.
Simon Burgess talks with trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre who has Vadamar in the Hong Kong Vase. Sponsored by AmWest Watch Video
Excelebration earned a well-deserved group I victory when he overcame the testing course conditions to win the $614,097 Qatar Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (Fr-I) Sept. 11.
Sarafina swept from last to first within the final furlong to capture the $314,338 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (Fr-I) by a neck over Cirrus Des Aigles June 26.
Reliable Man kept his perfect record intact as he rolled past Bubble Chic in the final yards to capture the $1,213,290 Prix du Jockey-Club (French Derby, Fr-I) at Chantilly June 5.
Sarafina followed up her win in the Montjeu Coolmore Prix Saint-Alary (Fr-I) last month with a scintillating performance to take the Prix de Diane (Fr-I) by 1 1/2-lengths at Chantilly June 13.
Rapidly-improving Sarafina survived a stewards' inquiry to take the Montjeu Coolmore Prix Saint-Alary (Fr-I) by a half-length over Deluxe at Longchamp May 23.
Sacred Kingdom upheld local dominance Dec. 13 in the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint (HK-I) at Sha Tin by regaining the title he won so impressively two years ago.
Alandi capped off an extraordinary weekend for the Aga Khan when he took command with just over a furlong left and held off the late charge of Kasbah Bliss to capture the Qatar Prix du Cadran (Fr-I) at Longchamp Oct. 4.
Varenar benefitted from a swift early pace to storm past heavy favorite Goldikova in the final strides to capture the Total Prix de la Foret (Fr-I) by a short head at Longchamp Oct. 3.
Alpine Rose withstood the late challenge of Lady Marian to notch her first group I victory, taking the Darley Prix Jean Romanet (Fr-I) by a short head at Deauville Aug. 23. Earlier in the day, Arcano set a course record in winning the Darley Prix Morny (Fr-I).
Zarkava confirmed her place in the record books by drawing off to a two-length victory in the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) at Longchamp Oct. 5. The daughter of Zamindar became the first filly since Urban Sea in 1993 to capture the historic race.
Halfway To Heaven broke alertly and never looked back as she gamely held off a stubborn Darjina to post a half-length victory in the Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes (Eng-I) at Newmarket Oct. 4.
Undefeated Zarkava gave the Qatar Prix Vermeille (Fr-I) field a good head start and still ran off with a two-length victory for her sixth consecutive win Sept. 14 at Longchamp.
With a tremendous charge over the final quarter of a mile, the Aga Khan's undefeated Zarkava registered a three-length win in the Prix de Diane (Fr-I) at Chantilly June 9.
Zarkava remained undefeated with an emphatic two length victory over Goldikova in the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (Fr-I) at Longchamp May 11. With the win, the 3-year-old filly set a new stakes record for the classic, completing the eight furlongs in 1:35.2, which surpassed the previous mark of 1:35.7 set by Zalaiyka in 1998 and equaled by Torrestrella in 2004.
Linngari added another stamp to his passport and garnered his first group I victory by capturing the Premio Vittorio di Capua (Ity-I) at San Siro Oct. 21.
Zarkava maintained her unbeaten record when she unleashed a telling burst of speed to win the Prix Marcel Boussac (Fr-I) Oct. 7 at Longchamp.
Zarkava, making just her second career start, produced a fantastic turn of foot to fly past her rivals in the final yards to win the Prix Marcel Boussac-Criterium des Pouliches Royal Barriere de Deauville (Fr-I) at Longchamp Oct. 7.
Darjina showed her heels to some of the best male milers in Europe with an impressive two length victory in the Qatar Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (Fr-I) Sept. 9.
Darjina made amends for her third place finish at Royal Ascot by battling back to win the Prix d'Astarte (Fr-I) by a half-length at Deauville on Sunday.
Finsceal Beo, romping winner of the One Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) at Newmarket one week ago, came within a whisker of adding the French equivalent to her legend when she was defeated by a head by Darjina in the final strides Sunday at Longchamp.
Champion filly Finsceal Beo was narrowly denied a famous Classic double as Darjina came with a late rush to snatch the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (Fr-I) by a head at Longchamp on Sunday.
Pride made amends for her second place finish in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) with an easy three length victory in the Emirates Airline Champion Stakes (Eng-I) at Newmarket on Saturday.
Multiple champion Hurricane Run tasted defeat for only the second time in his career when he was beaten at the wire by the classy 6-year-old French mare, Pride, in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (Fr-I) on Sunday.
Darsi provided jockey Christophe Soumillon with a memorable birthday present when winning the Prix du Jockey-Club Mitsubishi Motors (Fr-I) (French Derby) on Sunday at Chantilly.
Brilliant Irish Oaks (Ire-I) winner Shawanda turned in another scintillating performance when winning the Prix Vermeille Lucien Barriere (Fr-I) on Sunday at Longchamp.
The Aga Khan's Shawanda trounced the field in the Darley Irish Oaks (Ire-I) at The Curragh Sunday in what jockey Christophe Soumillon called his "easiest group I winner."
American-bred Vangelis got a well-timed ride from leading French jockey Christophe Soumillon to win the Prix d'Harcourt (Fr-II) for older horses at 1 1/4 miles at Longchamp Sunday.
Jockey Christophe Soumillon broke Cash Asmussen's French riding record for wins in a season with a triple at Fontainebleau Saturday.
French Derby winner Dalakhani is once again the toast of Paris with his stirring performance in winning the 2003 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) at Longchamp Sunday.
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