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Mar 31, 2006

Electrocutionist charges to victory in Dubai World Cup


Dubai, UAE (Sports Network) - Electrocutionist, ridden by Frankie Dettori, came from far back to capture Saturday"s $6 million Dubai World Cup at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse.

The richest horse race in the world had a field of 11 leave the starting gate for the 2,000 meter event. This was the 11th edition of the Dubai World Cup.

Electrocutionist broke from the inside post and soon settled far off the leaders. The pace was set by Magna Graduate and Super Frolic, both from the United States. Running just behind the leaders was Japan"s Kane Heliki. Joining the horses near the lead was 2004 Breeders" Cup Juvenile winner Wilko.

Coming out of the turn for home leading American runner Brass Hat took a short lead. In mid-stretch Electrocutionist loomed from the outside to challenge Brass Hat.

It was not until deep stretch that Electrocutionist edged away and went on to post a 1 1/4 length win. Brass Hat finished second followed by Wilko with Magna Graduate getting fourth.

The time was 2:01.32 for the distance of about 1 1/4 miles.

Owner Godolphin Racing of Dubai registered its third win of the World Cup. The stable won the race in 2002 and 2003. Trainer Saeed bin Suroor notched his fifth victory of the event, previously winning in 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2003.

Jockey Frankie Dettori, a legend in Europe, also notched his third win. His earlier victories were in 2000 and 2003. Dettori was aboard Electrocutionist for just the second time.

Electrocutionist has won both starts this year and eight of 10 in his career. Saturday"s win was worth $3.6 million to bring the five-year-old"s earnings to almost $5 million.

There is no legal wagering in Dubai, but in the United States Electrocutionist paid $7.00 and $2.80. Brass Hat returned $2.80 and Wilko paid $7.00.

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