This year’s $12 million Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1), the richest horse race in the world, was taken by an American shipper Saturday in Mystic Guide.

The race also marked a new record when Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum scored his ninth victory. He is the creator of the event and UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.

Mystic Guide finished 3 3/4 lengths ahead in first. The 4-year-old son of Ghostzapper is a homebred owned by Godolphin, which is operated by Sheikh Mohammed.

Mystic Guide Reaching Grade 1 Success

With his Dubai World Cup victory, Mystic Guide reached grade 1 success for the first time. Prior to the performance, he finished second in the 2020 Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park, which was his only top-level race at that point.

His 4-year-old campaign has really started incredibly. He took the Razorback Handicap (G3) last month at Oaklawn Park. It was that victory that convinced Saez the runner was ready for the world’s richest race.

“Today, he proved he is the champion, and I know he’s gonna get better and better,” Saez said about Mystic Guide.

Mystic Guide came into the Dubai World Cup as the favorite. That was helped by the absence of some of the previously expected starters. Many people believed that the top runners from last month’s Saudi Cup would run in this race, but none of the four top finishers showed up.

Great Scot, the third-place finisher in the Saudi Cup, was supposed to break from the gate. Unfortunately, he had behavior issues in the preliminaries.

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