Godolphin won the Dubai World Cup once again but this time with an American-trained horse as Mystic Guide justified favouritism in the carnival’s feature.
Michael Stidham’s four-year-old Ghostzapper colt came over from the United States with a lofty reputation on the back of a six-length win at Oaklawn Park on February 27.
Luis Saez broke well from stall six and tracked the pace in third throughout in what proved to be the perfect position.
Coming off the home bend it was clear Mystic Guide was going best of all and he lengthened clear in the straight where he wasn’t for catching.
Chuwa Wizard and Magny Cours tried in vain to chase him down late on, but Mystic Guide had the race all sewn up and was pushed out for a comfortable win.
“That was the plan, to get a good position and sit there,” said Saez. “He proved that he’s a champion. He’s a young horse and he can only get better and better.” Saez admitted that both he and his horse were affected by a very fractious Great Scot, who was subsequently withdrawn before the start while local challenger Military Law was scratched after bolting from the gates.
Pic: Mystic Guide (Gulf News).

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