DUBAI: Well Armed ran away with the $6 million Dubai World Cup to claim the richest prize in horse racing in an upset that left the favourites deep in the pack on Saturday (March 28).

The 14-length victory — nearly double the record Dubai World Cup margin set last year by Curlin — was so comfortable that jockey Aaron Gryder patted the 6-year-old American gelding’s neck 10 strides before the finish.

Brazil-bred Gloria de Campeao was the distant runner-up, with Saudi-owned Paris Perfect third.

Earlier, Dubai ruler Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum appeared to expand his Kentucky Derby options with the “surprise” win of Regal Ransom in a 1-2 finish in the $2 million UAE Derby for his Godolphin Racing stables. Favourite Desert Party was second.

The pre-race favourites for the World Cup — American-trained Albertus Maximus and Asiatic Boy — were sixth and 12th, respectively in the 14-horse field. — AP

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