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Racing: African Story wins $10 million Dubai World Cup

They came from Europe and Asia, from South Africa and neighbouring Saudi Arabia, but the ruling Maktoum family of this desert emirate dominated the $10 million Dubai World Cup over 2000 metres at Meydan racecourse. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, the Ruler of Dubai, saw horses in his colours finish first and third, courtesy of African Story and Cat O'Mountain respectively. And his brother, Sheikh Hamdan, saw his silks carried into second place by Mukhadram.

Racing: African Story wins $10 million Dubai World Cup

African Story swooped on front-running Mukhadram to win the $10 million Dubai World Cup at Meydan racecourse on Saturday. It was a sixth victory in the world's richest race for Saeed Bin Suroor, who trains African Story for Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The winner, who broke the track record in posting a winning time of 2min 01.61 sec, earned his connections $6 million. He finished two-and-three-quarter lengths ahead of Mukhadram, with Cat O'Mountain a further four-and-three-quarter lengths back in third place.

Racing: African Story wins $10 million Dubai World Cup

African Story swooped on front-running Mukhadram to win the 19th renewal of the $10 million Dubai World Cup on Saturday, in the process breaking the track record with his winning time of 2min 01.61 sec. Tracking front-running Mukhadram throughout, winning jockey Silvestre De Sousa asked African Story for his effort with 400 metres left and eventually won a protracted battle. He pulled two and three-quarter lengths ahead of Mukhadram, with Cat O'Mountain a further four and a quarter lengths adrift in third place.

Horse racing: Ruler of the World in line for world's richest race

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Top race trainer Asmussen investigated in abuse of horses

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Martin Luther King Jr. estate moves to end ownership fight over documents

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France warns Russia on warships as EU mulls tougher sanctions

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Racing: Walsh's Cheltenham cut short by fall

Leading Irish jockey Ruby Walsh's Cheltenham Festival campaign suffered a premature end when he was taken to hospital with a suspected broken arm after falling in the Champion Hurdle on Friday. On board Abbyssial, Walsh fell midway through the race at the south-west English course and was then hit by Adriana Des Mottes. The 34-year-old could now miss the Grand National meeting at the Aintree course near Liverpool, in north-west England in April. Meanwhile, fellow jockey Chris Timmons was replaced by Peter Buchanan on Achtung after failing a breath test.

Racing: Walsh's Cheltenham cut short by fall

Leading Irish jockey Ruby Walsh's Cheltenham Festival campaign suffered a premature end when he was taken to hospital with a suspected broken arm after falling in The Triumph Hurdle on Friday. On board Abbyssial, Walsh fell midway through the race at the south-west English course and was then hit by Adriana Des Mottes. The 34-year-old could now miss the Grand National meeting at the Aintree course near Liverpool, in north-west England in April. Meanwhile, fellow jockey Chris Timmons was replaced by Peter Buchanan on Achtung after failing a breath test.

Racing: Geraghty's joy is McCoy's pain again in World Hurdle

Champion jockey AP McCoy was left to rue picking the wrong horse for the second time in a feature race at this week's Cheltenham Festival as More of That won Thursday's Grade One World Hurdle. Once again it was his fellow Irishman Barry Geraghty who was the beneficiary as he guided home the Jonjo O'Neill-trained horse to win his fifth race in a row and pick up the £156,000 winners cheque at odds of 15/2.
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