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Posted 2024-03-30 15:54:26  
Masterful Moore Towers over Competition in Gold Cup

 In an electrifying showcase of speed and tactical acumen, Tower Of London, guided by the masterful Ryan Moore, claimed victory in the Dubai Gold Cup over 3200 meters.

Yet, the race was not without its pre-race tension, as dual St Leger champion Eldar Eldarov was unexpectedly withdrawn at the gates on veterinary advice, disappointing both connections and spectators alike.

Navigating a slow-paced contest, Libyan Glass dictated the tempo on the far side, while Kieran Shoemark aboard Trawlerman opted for a lone journey in the middle of the track.

Amidst a strategic silence maintained by jockeys, the decisive moment unfolded in the home stretch, with Siskany, a course specialist, initiating the first move but failing to sustain momentum.

Approaching the final two furlongs, Al Nayyir surged forward, threatening the favorites, only to be outpaced by Tower Of London, who unleashed a breathtaking burst of speed from the center of the track, crossing the finish line two lengths ahead.

Trainer Aidan O’Brien lauded Tower Of London's performance, acknowledging his evolution into a formidable competitor with remarkable pace and versatility. O’Brien hinted at various future possibilities for the talented horse, including potential appearances in races like the Coronation Cup or the Hardwicke Stakes.

Reflecting on the race, jockey Christophe Soumillon praised Al Nayyir's effort, acknowledging Tower Of London's formidable speed in the closing stages.

Adam Driver, representing owner Elbashir Salem Elhrari, expressed delight in the result, highlighting the advantageous slow pace for Al Nayyir and expressing anticipation for the horse's European campaign.

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