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Heavy Metal parades after the Godolphin Mile.

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2018 Godolphin Mile & Kahayla Classic Results

Date: 03/31/2018

Kicking off the Dubai World Cup card on Saturday night, the $1 million District One Godolphin Mile (G2) featured a field of 14 older horses go 1600 meters (about 1 mile) around one turn of the main track at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai. Economic Model was sent off as the 5-2 favorite off his win in the Hal's Hope (G3) at Gulfstream. In to challenge him included 7-2 second choice Heavy Metal, winner of the Firebreak (G3) but 4th in the Burj Nahaar (G3) last out, and 9-2 third choice Kimbear, winner of the Burj Nahaar.

Heavy Metal leads down the stretch

Jockey Ryan Moore sent Heavy Metal to the lead exiting the chute and he set fractions of 24.23 and 46.48, while pressed by 30-1 Adirato and Kimbear and stalkled by 15-1 Muntazah. Entering the lane Heavy Metal continued to lead through 3/4 in 1:11.50. Kept to task by Moore through 7/8 in 1:23.65, Heavy Metal cruised the rest of the way to win by 2 lengths over Muntazah in 1:36.21. It was another 1/2 length back to Adirato third, while favorite Economic Model trailed throughout, showed no rally and checked in 7th.

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

1st RACE Meydan Racecourse - GODOLPHIN MILE (Group 2) 9 Heavy Metal $9.80 $5.80 $4.00 3 Muntazah $25.00 $11.80 5 Adirato $17.20 Running time - 1:36.21 $1.00 EXACTA 9-3 $94.00 $1.00 TRIFECTA 9-3-5 $2,095.10 $1.00 SUPERFECTA 9-3-5-4 $9,637.50

Left: Heavy Metal in the winner's enclosure. Winning trainer Sandeep Jadhav, who replaced suspended trainer Salem bin Ghadayer said, "It's been my dream to win the Godolphin Mile for the years since I've been an assistant trainer. It's definitely a storybook finish. I'm not surprised he won. I know this horse is a very good horse. I am not surprised, but just a little bit nervous since this is my first (career) as a trainer (of record). So that's the reason. This means so much to me. I can't put it into words, but it means a lot. It's definitely very special. I was very confident in the horse. This is just out of this world. It's very amazing to me. I cannot explain it."

Right: Heavy Metal heads out to the track before the race. Winning jockey Ryan Moore said, "We worked hard to get the lead through the first quarter but then he settled and travelled well for me in front. I was able to fill him up before the turn and into the straight I knew it would take a very big effort to get past me. It appears a big advantage to be in front on this track and it played to his strengths. He is a terrifically consistent horse."

Left: Second place finisher Muntazah in the walking ring before the race. Jockey Jim Crowley said, "He ran very well. It was his first time on the dirt and he ran very well. The winner got first run and I had to wait for a gap. But it was still a big run. Like I said, for it being his first time on dirt it was a big run."

Right: Third place finisher Adirato. Jockey Christophe Lemaire said, "He broke well. I tried to go in front but Ryan was forcing the pace. We settled well behind the winner and had no kickback so we he fought on well in the stretch. The leader was too strong for us but he ran very well." Trainer Naosuke Sugai added, "To run this well against horses of this level from all the world, I'm thrilled with his efforts."

Seventh place finisher and beaten favorite Economic Model in the walking ring before the race. The Chad Brown trainee has a record of 5 wins, 3 seconds, and 2 thirds in 15 starts, earning $614,625 for owner Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid al Maktoum.

Immediately after the Godolphin Mile was the $1 million Mubadala Dubai Kahayla Classic (G1), a 2000 meter (about 1 1/4 mile) trip over the main track for Purebred Arabian horses. 35-1 AF Al Sajanjle was sent to the lead by jockey Sam Hitchcott through fractions of 27.13 and 52.76 while pressed by 12-1 Tallaab Al Khalediah and stalked by 14-1 Bandar. On the far turn Tallaab Al Khalediah moved up to lead through 3/4 in 1:18.97 and 1 mile in 1:46.18. Kept to task by jockey Roberto Perez, Tallaab Al Khalediah held off late-running 12-1 Chaddad to win by 1 1/2 length in a new track record of 2:13.68. It was another length back to 2-1 favorite Barnamaj third.

Results Chart for the race from Emirates Racing Authority.

Tallaab Al Khalediah in the winner's enclosure, as the first Saudi Arabian-trainee to win the Kahayla. Winning jockey Roberto Perez said, "The bridle came off in his last race, but I managed to get it back on and they changed a few things today to stop it happening again. I feel so excited," he added. "It is the second big win for this horse and I have ridden him both times. When I put him into the front I knew I had to save a little bit as he has been winning over 1800m and had 200m more to go today, but he stayed it well. The race went very well and he did nothing wrong."

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