Thunder Snow makes history with Dubai World Cup win
Thunder Snow made history by becoming the first horse to win the Dubai World Cup at Meydan twice on a dream Saturday for Godolphin.
The Saeed bin Suroor-trained five-year-old won the prestigious race last year and repeated the feat under Christophe Soumillon, scooping a cool $7.2million prize in the process.
Gronkowski and Thunder Snow battled it out on the final straight and it was the Godolphin horse that was given the verdict in a photo finish.
Thunder Snow's triumph was one of four Group One triumphs in a day for Godolphin.
Soumillon had ensured 4/1 shot Thunder Snow was prominent throughout after starting from stall 12 and he stayed on strongly with a rapid finish to edge it.
Gunnevera was well back in third place, while well-backed favourite Capezzano - ridden by Mickael Barzalona – disappointed to finish to finish a surprise 12th.
Soumillon said: "Last year I won by five, six or more lengths and today I had to fight hard. The two horses in front were going a bit better than me, but I gave him a chance.
"I want to say a big thank you to Saeed Bin Suroor and Sheikh Mohammed because just before the race they said that I need to be confident and do everything right. Thanks to Thunder Snow as well as without him I wouldn't be able to do such great things.
"It was very hard to get by Gronkowski. I was looking more like a Cheltenham jump jockey in the end instead of an American-style jockey, but you need to keep him going and do something different.
"I promised to Saeed that I would have the trophy and he would have the money, so I will have to come back next year!"