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Meydan

  • 17:17 Dubai Sheema Classic Presented By Longines 1m 4f

  • (Group 1) (Turf) 18,313,252 added 3yo+ 15 ran
  • Winner 3,000,000 2nd 1,000,002 3rd 500,001 4th 249,997
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Sand
    Weighed In
  • Off time: 17:20:02

Ryan Moore and Gentildonna win the Dubai Sheema Classic

Last Updated: 29/03/14 9:17pm

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Ryan Moore triumphed on Gentildonna

Ryan Moore triumphed on Gentildonna

Ryan Moore and Gentildonna overcame a troubled passage to win the Dubai Sheema Classic presented by Longines at Meydan.

Moore had the perfect position in the first half of midfield against the rail and looked in control as he eased off the rail to avoid weakening rivals on the turn for home.

However, last year's runner-up looked in serious trouble as Moore failed to find a passage through Cirrus Des Aigles and Ambivalent and was forced to switch the Deep Impact filly in a dramatic move.

Gentildonna was able to pick up again and ultimately ran out a relatively comfortable winner from the brilliant French veteran, Cirrus Des Aigles, with Ambivalent in third.

There was early drama in the race when Mars appeared to go wrong, veering violently to the far side of the course, hampering several runners in the process.

He crashed into the far rail as Richard Hughes attempted to pull him up and threw the British champion jockey over the top.

Hughes was taken to hospital but was said to be only winded, with a few cuts and bruises, and was expected to be fit to fly home.

Moore said: "It is hard to say just how good she is because when she gets there, she doesn't do a lot but she's a very tough horse. It's hard to get to the bottom of her."

Her delighted trainer, Sei Ishizaka, added: "She's getting even better. It was a tough race. Her main target will be a third attempt at the Japan Cup. This was her second time and she's really getting used to being here and I thought she would make it when Ryan (jockey Moore) shifted her to the outside. I am impressed with her gutsy performance."

Christophe Soumillon, jockey of Cirrus Des Aigles, said: "I had a really good run off a strong pace that suited us. I saw Ryan and wanted to get first run on him. My horse battled really well.

"Unfortunately, we were up against a dual Japan Cup winner and on the night she was just too good."

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