Broome Strikes Late To Win Dubai Gold Cup by a Neck

March 25, 2023

Broome and connections after an exciting, record-setting triumph (Dubai Racing Club)

$1,000,000 Group 2 Dubai Gold Cup sponsored by Al Tayer Motors

Dubai Racing Club Press Release

Broome took the step up to two miles in his stride when striking late to take the Group 2 Dubai Gold Cup (3200m) in a pulsating finish.

It looked as though Subjectivist would roar back to the form of his emphatic 2021 victory in this race when rounding the bend for home with a narrow lead, but he was soon headed by the strong-travelling Siskany for Charlie Appleby and the Godolphin team.

However, Ryan Moore once again showed why he is one of the best pilots in the world by striking late on the Aidan O’Brien-trained Broome, whose well-timed challenge was enough to overthrow Siskany and seal a narrow neck success – breaking the course record, set by Subjectivist two years ago, in the process.

It was a first win in the race for both trainer and jockey, quite remarkable given their record in staying races the world over.

That victory provided some welcome compensation for Broome’s part-owner Masaaki Matsushima, who was yesterday forced to scratch leading Japanese hope Do Deuce from the Group 1 Dubai Turf sponsored by DP World.

MV Magnier, representing owners Coolmore, said: “Aidan was very confident he would handle the trip. He’s danced every dance and travelled around the world. We are lucky to have him.”

“Very happy for all involved, Mr Matsushima has supported us well over the last few years so it is great to share a win with him.”

Moore said: “He’s a very brave horse. He’s a Group 1 winner, he’s got high class form. The pace was strong and we just had to wait for a bit of room at the top of the straight. He’s so brave, though, he puts his head down and he gave me everything. It’s a pleasure to ride a horse like him.

“He’s done a lot of racing and he always runs his race, but you’re never quite sure how they will handle a step up in distance until they come out and do it. It’s one of the biggest nights of the year, I’m always delighted to come out here. It’s always tough to get a winner so I’m delighted to get one tonight.”

Siskany (2nd), jockey William Buick said: “Super run. We were worried the distance might just test him in the last furlong or so but he gave me everything and the race went exactly to plan apart from being headed late by a good horse.”

Subjectivist (3rd), jockey Joe Fanning said: “I am delighted with that. It felt like he is back to himself and he seemed to pull up well. From the wide gate we were posted a bit but he settled for me a few lengths off the lead. I got going on him off the home turn and though he got headed he kept on for me to place. Off that, we can maybe look forward with a little confidence for the season ahead, hopefully.”

Assistant trainer Mark Johnston, who prepared the six-year-old when he scored by almost six lengths in 2021, added: “The next few days will be a bit stressful to see if he has come through it all OK. If he is good to go, though, it’ll be the Ascot Gold Cup next.”

Ardakan (4th), jockey Damian Lane said: “He travelled well and I got a good toe into the race. At the top of the straight, I thought he had a big chance of winning. They have run a really good time so probably just got caught off his limit there.”

El Habeeb (5th), jockey Andrea Atzeni said: “He ran a good race, he finished off quite nicely. That was his first run this year and he’s a nice horse for the future.””

Quickthorn (6th), jockey Oisin Murphy said: “I’m very happy with him. He’s run well and I think back in England he’s going to have a very good year.”

Sisfahan (7th), jockey Jack Mitchell said: “He is not a two-mile horse but he has run great. He needs pace in the race.”

Enemy (8th), jockey Richard Kingscote said: “Around the bend I was latching on to Ryan thinking that would be perfect. I wanted Ryan to commit early. I was not able to get on to the winner’s terms, though.”

Al Nayyir (10th), jockey Patrick Dobbs said: “He was just a bit keen early and too close to the place. He was overracing a bit.”

Added trainer Doug Watson: “He’s still very young. We have next year.”

Global Storm (13th), jockey James Doyle said: “Just not good enough. He ran a super race on Super Saturday but he doesn’t stay this far.”

Trawlerman (14th), jockey Frankie Dettori: “No show.”

Get Shirty (15th), jockey Daniel Tudhope said: “He ran no race.”

Winning time: 03:16.83 (new race record)

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