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Ryan Moore and Real Steel in the winner's enclosure after the Dubai Turf.

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2016 Dubai Turf Results

Date: 03/26/2016

The $6 million Dubai Turf (G1) is an 1800-meter (about 1 1/8 mile) trip around one turn of the turf course at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai. A field of 15 older horses went to post, with Tryster sent off as the 8-5 favorite off wins in the Dubai Millennium (G3) and Jebel Hatta (G1), the local prep series for this race. In to challenge him included 4-1 second choice Intilaaq, unraced since winning the Rose of Lancaster (G3) in August at Haydock, and 6-1 third choice Real Steel, third in the Nakayama Kinen (G2) after finishing a close second in the Kikuka Sho/Japanese St. Leger (G1).

Real Steel leads over Euro Charline in the stretch

Jockey Tadhg O'Shea sent 88-1 Ghaamer to the lead exiting the chute and he set fractions of 25.89 and 48.94 over the good-to-firm course while pressed by 7-1 Very Special and stalked by Real Steel. On the far turn Very Special swept to the lead getting 3/4 in 1:12.50 but tired at the top of the stretch. Real Steel took over at the 1/8 pole through 1 mile in 1:35.44, and kept to task by jockey Ryan Moore, was all out to hold off late-running 13-1 Euro Charline by 1/2 a length in 1:47.13. It was another 2 lengths back to deep closing favorite Tryster third.

Results Chart for the race from Emirates Racing Authority which includes a link to the video replay. Results for US wagering:

7th RACE MEYDAN - Dubai Turf (Group 1) 14 Real Steel $14.20 $5.00 - 10 Euro Charline - $7.20 - 2 Tryster - $2.20 - Running time - 1:47.13 $1.00 EXACTA 14-10 $76.70 $1.00 TRIFECTA 14-10-2 $344.90 $1.00 SUPERFECTA 14-10-2-12 $9,446.90

Left: Real Steel in the winner's enclosure. Winning trainer Yoshito Yahagi said, "I am so happy. I really thought that my horse was the best in the field going into this race. He settled well, though I thought he'd be a little further back. Ryan rode him to perfection. Just as I thought, breaking from box 14 wasn't a problem at all. I think Ryan Moore is the number one jockey in the world and I trust him completely. I'm not sure where we'll go but Ryan said that any distance between 1600m and 2000m would suit him."

Right: The trophy presentation for the Dubai Turf.

Left: Real Steel heads out to the track before the race. Winning jockey Ryan Moore said, "He's a beautiful horse, he's got lots of quality. It was a big effort from the horse, he had a tough trip and was out wide but has toughed it out. He never runs a bad race. He's a very brave horse and has had to do it the hard way."

Right: Real Steel parades with his new winner's blanket.

Left: Jockey Frankie Dettori celebrates aboard second place finisher Euro Charline as they return after the race. Dettori said, "I had a super run. I followed the obvious ones like Paul Hanagan and Ryan Moore, I had a smooth passage through and there are no excuses. I've just found one too good on the night. Marco (Botti, trainer) said try to save a bit and get a bit more out of her in the finish and it has worked out."

Right: Third place finisher and beaten favorite Tryster heads out to the track before the race. Jockey William Buick said, "He ran great. He missed the break, that's what he does when he runs his best races. It is by far the best run of his life and the first time he has ever taken on horses like that. He's been beaten genuinely by racing the best way for him. It rode like a very good race and I don't think he's ever been this fast in his life."

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