Animal Kingdom is the winner of Dubai World Cup 2013

Animal kingdom is the winner

Animal Kingdom won the Dubai World Cup  at Meydan on Saturday.

Ridden confidently by 28-year-old Joel Rosario from the Dominican Republic, the five-year-old son of Brazilian stallion Leroidesanimaux practically cantered to a two-length victory from long-shot and Hong Kong Vase winner Red Cadeaux as British hope Planteur took third for the second successive year, a well-beaten four and three-quarter-lengths back.

 “It’s a tremendous horse. It’s unbelievable,” Rosario, who made his move 2-1/2 half furlongs out, said after the race on the synthetic track. “To win the World Cup – it’s great.” “He broke well today and he put himself close to the pace and took himself where he wanted to be. In the turn for home he was like look around where is my competition so that was awesome,” Rosario added after the race. The five-year old chestnut, owned by Arrowfield Stud and Team Valor, ended a three-year drought for U.S.-bred runners in the final race of the night at the opulent Meydan course.

Asked about the prospects of running Animal Kingdom at Royal Ascot this year, John Messara, one of the owners, said: “There are risks and logistics involved.” “So we need to sit down (with a) cool mind tomorrow and have a bit of chat about it with (Team Valor CEO) Barry (Irwin) and Graham (Motion as to) where we go and what the risks and rewards are,” he said.

Last year’s Dubai World Cup winner Monterosso, owned by the Godolphin operation of Dubai ruler and United Arab Emirates Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, was pulled out of the race earlier on Saturday.

 No American horse has won the Dubai World Cup since 2010, when it was moved from the Nad Al Sheba dirt track to the Meydan Racecourse, where the race is run on an All-Weather track.

 African Story, ridden by Mickael Barzalona, finished best of the four Godolphin runners, in fifth place behind Side Glance while favourite Hunter’s Light failed to reproduce the sparkle he showed in his dual Al Maktoum Challenge victories, when running a disappointing seventh.