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Posted 2024-03-30 19:02:01  
Laurel River in front running World Cup win

Laurel River shattered records with a commanding performance in the Dubai World Cup, sponsored by Emirates Airline, a $12,000,000 Group 1 event.

In what could rival Arrogate's legendary 2017 victory, Laurel River, a homebred son of Into Mischief owned by Juddmonte Farms, delivered a breathtaking front-running spectacle at Meydan. Despite an uncertain start with a disappointing seventh-place finish in the G3 Al Shindagha Sprint, Laurel River redeemed himself with a resounding win in the G3 Burj Nahaar, earning his spot on World Cup night.

Bucking conventional wisdom, trainer Bhupat Seemar and the Juddmonte team redirected Laurel River to the Dubai World Cup, a race of greater value and challenge. Despite drawing the 12th post position, Laurel River defied expectations, surging to an eight-and-a-half-length victory, surpassing the record set by the iconic Dubai Millennium.

Reflecting on the triumph, Seemar expressed disbelief and gratitude, emphasizing Laurel River's exceptional natural pace and the honor of training for Juddmonte Farms. Jockey Tadhg O'Shea praised Laurel River's explosive ability and credited the team's unwavering faith in the horse.

The caliber of horses trailing behind Laurel River underscored the magnitude of his victory, with last year's winner Ushba Tesoro and recent Saudi Cup victor Senor Buscador trailing in his wake.

O'Shea emphasized the importance of commitment and forward momentum on the dirt track, highlighting Laurel River's relentless drive to victory.

O’Shea: “I’ve been fortunate enough to have had Dubai World Cup night winners but you don’t get many opportunities and I’m going to be forever grateful to Juddmonte for keeping me on the horse, they could use anyone and they’re a worldwide operation that’s really successful.

“When he had his first run for the stable we thought he’d disappointed, but we never lost faith. He was explosive last time and I said the other morning to Bhupat, I pulled him aside and said I’d never ridden a horse with his ability ever. And he’d just done an easy work on his own.

"With the dirt you can’t be half-hearted, you have to go forward. If he didn’t stay, he didn’t stay. We were aware of that. The main thing that won the race, it’s easy to say when you win, but I was able to keep filling him up and filling him up.”

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