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Jockey Joao Moreira and Vivlos head to the winner's enclosure after the Dubai Turf.

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2017 Dubai Turf Results

Date: 03/25/2017

The $6 million DP World Dubai Turf (G1) is an 1800-meter (about 1 1/8 mile) trip around one turn of the turf course at Meydan Racecourse. A field of 13 older horses went to post, with Zarak sent off as the 9-5 favorite off his win in the Dubai Millennium Stakes (G3). In to challenge him included 7-2 second choice Ribchester, second in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (G1) after winning the Prix Jacques le Marois (G1), and 6-1 third choice Deauville, unraced since finishing third in the Arlington Million (G1) after winning the Belmont Derby (G1).

Vivlos (outside) duels with Heshem in the stretch

Ribchester was quickest away through an opening quarter of 26.38 before jockey Silvestre de Sousa and 23-1 Very Special took over the lead down the backstretch and around the turn through fractions of 50.33 and 1:14.95 while stalked by Ribchester and 8-1 Mutakayyef. Into the stretch, Very Special tired badly as Ribchester inherited the lead through 1 mile in 1:38.58. However, 13-1 Vivlos, 11th early, and 25-1 Heshem, 7th early, closed well late as Vivlos under Joao Moreira prevailed by 1/2 a length in 1:50.20 over the yielding going. It was another 1/2 length back to Ribchester third, and another 1 1/4 length back to favorite Zarak fourth.

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) 9 Vivlos (Jpn) $28.40 $5.40 - 3 Heshem (Ire) $14.40 - 1 Ribchester (Ire) $4.00 - Running time - 1:50.20 $1.00 EXACTA 9-3 $397.70 $1.00 TRIFECTA 9-3-1 $3,286.70 $1.00 SUPERFECTA 9-3-1-2 $10,278.00

Left: Vivlos in the winner's enclosure. Winning trainer Yasue Tomomichi said, "She travelled very well from Japan, when she got to Dubai she was very relaxed, she was relaxed today. There was a time when she got a position in the back of the field, when it started moving forward it was going well."

Right: The trophy presentation for the Dubai Turf.

Left: Vivlos warms up before the race. Winning jockey Joao Moreira said, "She was brilliant. From the time that I sat on top of her on Friday, she gave me the feel that she was going to be very competitive. She was probably one of the lightest horses in the race. If the ground was soft, which is probably what the people were thinking about, she wasn't sinking in the most. I think that is why she was able to let down and was able to get there. Good horses make a jockey's life easier. She made the job very easy for me today. We were travelling nice and when I took her out and she had daylight, she was strong to the line. And got it done. So thank you to the connections, owner, trainer and all those who got me on top of her today."

Right: Vivlos parades with his new winner's blanket.

Left: Second place finisher Heshem warms up before the race. Jockey Gregory Benoist said, "For half of the home straight I thought I was going to win easily but the rain has affected the ground and that doesn't suit him. If it had been good ground we would have won but for him that is still a career best finishing second."

Right: Third place finisher Ribchester heads out to the track before the race. Jockey William Buick said, "On that run you can't say that he didn't stay the distance. You'd have to be pleased with him as he will improve for this and it opens a few more doors."

Fourth place finisher and beaten favorite Zarak in the paddock before the race. Jockey Christophe Soumillon said, "He checked at one point and he didn't accelerate like he did last time. I don't think the ground was an excuse. He handled that type of ground before. I was disappointed because I thought he would give me a better turn of foot."

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