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Apr 03, 2015

Prince Bishop defeats California Chrome in Dubai World Cup


Dubai, United Arab Emirates ( - Prince Bishop, ridden by William Buick, went from last to first and defeated Horse of the Year California Chrome to capture Saturday's 20th edition of the $10 million Dubai World Cup at Meydan Racecourse.

Trained by Saeed bin Suroor for Godolphin Racing, Price Bishop was last in the nine-horse field up the backstretch after breaking from the inside post. The 8-year-old gelding went off at 17-1 with California Chrome the 4-5 favorite.

California Chrome, who started from the outside post, pressed the pace with his regular jockey Victor Espinoza. The 4-year-old colt was four wide for much of the race as Hokko Tarumae set the pace in the 1 1/4-mile World Cup.

On the final turn, California Chrome was three wide with Hokko Tarumae on the lead. Prince Bishop advanced into fifth and then second over Meydan's new dirt track.

Price Bishop came sweeping to the lead past California Chrome down the stretch and went on to post a three-length victory over last year's Kentucky Derby and Preakness champ. Lea, last year's Donn Handicap winner, finished third with Candy Boy fourth.

"We ended up traveling very well in the last turn," the winning jockey said. "I didn't look back, I kept going. I thought he won very well, because I could hear the commentator."

The time for the Dubai World Cup was 2:03.32 on a fast track.

Prince Bishop, a stablemate of last year's winner African Story, gave his owner and trainer their second straight World Cup victory and seventh overall. The chestnut gelding recorded his first win on a dirt track after posting a pair of seconds earlier in the year at Meydan.

Prince Bishop has 11 wins in 28 lifetime starts for $7,061,632.

Prince Bishop returned $36.00 and $8.80. California Chrome paid $2.10 for place and Lea paid $2.10 to show.

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