Thunder Snow becomes first horse to win second consecutive Dubai title

Thunder Snow ridden by Christophe Soumillon wins the Dubai World Cup. (Reuters)

Thunder Snow became the first horse to win back-to-back $12 million Dubai World Cup titles after a thrilling finish at Meydan Racecourse on Saturday.

The Saeed bin Suroor-trained five-year-old won the prestigious race last year and repeated the feat with Belgian jockey Christophe Soumillon, scooping $7.2 million in prize money in one of the world’s richest horse races.

Thunder Snow, a 4-1 shot, was locked in a battle with Gronkowski on the final stretch and it was the Godolphin horse that was given the verdict in a photo finish.

The 2-1 favourite Capezzano finished last of the 12 runners.

Thunder Snow’s victory was one of four Group One triumphs in a day for Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum’s Godolphin team.

“It was very hard to get by Gronkowski,” Soumillon said.

“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 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.”

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