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2007 Dubai Sheema Classic Results

The longest race on Dubai World Cup day is the $5 million Nakheel Dubai Sheema Classic (G1), contested at 2400 meters (about 1 1/2 miles) over the turf course at Nad al Sheba. Fifteen were originally entered but Collier Hill was scratched from the race, leaving 14 in the field. English Derby winner Sir Percy was sent off as the 4-1 favorite over Japanese hope Pop Rock and Breeders' Cup Turf winner Red Rocks, each going off at 9-2 in the international betting pool. Todd Pletcher had 2 in this event, 20-1 Honey Ryder and 22-1 Host.

Godolphin horse and 14-1 shot Best Alibi took the lead right away under Frankie Dettori, who slowed the pace down on the front end while stalked by 9-1 Quijani and favorite Sir Percy. 9-1 Vengeance of Rain sat in fourth taking a ground saving trip along the rail around the first two turns. Entering the stretch, Best Alibi continued to lead as the pace quickened, but Vengeance of Rain was just hitting his best stride and was gaining on the leaders. Best Alibi tired at the 3/16 pole allowing Vengeance of Rain to easily take over the lead. Sir Percy put in a late effort to stay in contention but was no match for the Hong Kong hero, as Vengeance of Rain pulled away to a 1 1/4 length victory over late-running 33-1 Oracle West. 13-2 Youmzain closed well to nose out Sir Percy in a photo finish to take third.

Results Chart for the Race from Emirates Racing Authority

Results for US wagering:

5th RACE NAD AL SHEBA - DUBAI SHEEMA CLASSIC (Group 1)

4 - Vengeance of Rain $22.20 $8.00 -

2 - Oracle West $22.40 -

13 - Youmzain $8.80 -

Running time - 2:31.03

$2 EXACTA 4-2 $910.20

$2 TRIFECTA 4-2-13 $11,937.00

Highlights:

The trophy presentation with winning trainer David Ferraris on the far right. Winning jockey Anthony Delpech said, "That was fantastic taking on such good horses. We were confident after he travelled so well from Hong Kong. This is the biggest moment of my career."

Vengeance of Rain heads back to the barn wearing his winner's blanket.

Second place finisher Oracle West in the post parade. His jockey Weichong Marwing said, "He has come on from his last race and gave me everything today."

Third place finisher Youmzain in the paddock before the race. His jockey Richard Hughes said, "He has run a great race, but maybe a little more pace on early in the race would have helped us."

Beaten favorite and fourth place finisher by a nose Sir Percy in the post parade. His jockey Martin Dwyer said, "He is back. I was really pleased with that effort, he tried all the way and made a big move in the straight, but then he just got tired."



PHOTO:Vengeance of Rain and Anthony Delpech after winning the Dubai Sheema Classic.

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