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Country Grammer wins the Dubai World Cup Sponsored By Emirates Airline, at the 26th Dubai World Cup. (Photo credit: Dubai Racing Club).

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It was a fourth victory in the Group 1 Dubai World Cup for for both trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Frankie Dettori, with the latter timing his ride lớn perfection aboard the game Country Grammer. The Saudi Cup runner-up hunted down longtime leader Life Is Good in the final furlong of the 2000-metre dirt contest to win by a length và three-quarters.

The Todd Pletcher-trained Life Is Good set the pace under Irad Ortiz Jr., with Steve Asmussen’s charge Midnight Bourbon taking close orders. Turning for home, Ortiz Jr asked Life Is Good for an extra effort & started to kick clear. However, Country Grammer was not finished, & with Dettori urging him along the straight, he took command as Life Is Good faded into fourth. The rallying Hot Rod Charlie claimed second for Doug O’Neill with Flavien Prat up, while Ryuji Okubo’s Chuwa Wizard, who was runner-up in last year’s race, was a further half-length behind in third.

Amr Zedan, co-owner of Country Grammar with WinStar Farm & Commonwealth Thoroughbreds, said: “I mean, I don’t have any voice left after that! It was a project – we picked the horse & he has come here in the care of the best trainer in the world in Bob Baffert. Deep down in my gut I knew we had a shot. I have huge respect for all the others, especially Life Is Good who I know intimately as he used khổng lồ train with Country Grammar when he was with Baffert.”

Zedan continued: “This win reminds me of Medina Spirit. He was a champion and these horses are all heart. I hope Medina Spirit is reinstalled as the Kentucky Derby winner, God willing. I can’t believe I’m sitting here and my silks are here!

“I am just very thankful lớn the entire team & Frankie, who gave him a perfect ride. He is one of the best, if not the best. Results speak louder than words. A trainer of that calibre is bound to lớn produce such results. I am just dedicating this race to lớn him.”

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Jimmy Barnes, assistant trainer lớn Bob Baffert, said: “It’s been a long trip, Frankie just rode him awesome. He couldn’t have done any better. The speed worked out just as we thought it would, he put him in a close enough spot that when he called upon him, he’s a true mile-and-a-quarter horse & it kicked in. I give a lot of credit lớn Bob Baffert for his ability lớn come back và perform, it’s what we do, we’re great off a lay-off. I’m just so excited. I was here when Arrogate won the Dubai World Cup, so this is my second with Bob và it is very, very special.”

Frankie Dettori, who first won the Dubai World Cup for Godolphin aboard the great Dubai Millennium in 2000, said: “I have equalled Jerry Bailey now. All my other three wins came on the Nad Al Sheba track so it’s nice lớn have a winner at Meydan.

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“When the draw came out, I had just wanted khổng lồ put him on the fence. At the half-mile, I wasn’t able khổng lồ keep on with the front two but in the kết thúc they came back lớn me. At the furlong pole, it was surreal as I knew I was going to lớn win. It’s just unbelievable. It’s like a dream!”

Doug O’Neill, trainer of runner-up Hot Rod Charlie, said: “He had a great run và congratulations lớn Bob Baffert for getting his horse ready the way he did. We’re super proud, Leandro Mora và all the guys have been here the whole time & they’ve done a great job.

“We wanted to lớn win of course but we’re super proud and mid-race we were thinking it just wasn’t Charlie’s day. He then re-engaged & got up for second so it was a great night.”

He continued: “These are one of the few times that you wish horses could talk. I think maybe blinkers might need to lớn go back on – he broke okay but then when he got behind horses, maybe that was it. Flavien said he took the kickback pretty well though, so we’ll re-group và we’ll give him plenty of time now và we’ll huddle up & think of a trò chơi plan.”

Flavien Prat, rider of Hot Rod Charlie, added: “We broke well và I got myself into the rail. Then we were travelling really well down the far side and he then needed lớn dig in and we got a nice run down the lane.”

Yuga Kawada, rider of third-placed Chuwa Wizard, said: “It was a good place. He was second last year & this year he was third so it was a very strong race và a very good run. He’s matched last year’s performance today & we’re very happy.”