There was a second Japanese success on Dubai World Cup night when Ryan Moore came with a well-timed run to take the $6m Group 1 Dubai Turf Sponsored by DP World on Real Steel (JPN).
The son of Japanese super-sire Deep Impact paid a compliment to subsequent Dubai Sheema Classic Sponsored by Longines runner-up Duramente with the victory. Real Steel had finished second to that rival in last season’s Japanese 2000 Guineas and fourth to him in the Japanese Derby.
Real Steel came closest to bagging a Classic success when going down a neck in the Japanese St Leger last October.
Here Moore steered Real Steel to a half-length victory from the Marco Botti-trained Euro Charline with a staying-on Tryster two lengths back in third.
It was a dream result for Ritto-based trainer Yoshito Yahagi, who had worried beforehand about being drawn in stall 14.
“I am so happy,” said Yahagi. “I really thought that my horse was the best in the field going into this race. He settled well, though I thought he’d be a little further back. Ryan rode him to perfection. Just as I thought, breaking from box 14 wasn’t a problem at all.
“Ryan was never able to get an inside position because the other jockeys would not allow him. But I still thought he could win despite not having cover.”
Yahagi was effusive with his praise for the winning rider ahead of the race and equally so afterwards.
“As I’ve said before I think Ryan Moore is the number one jockey in the world and I trust him completely,” said the trainer. “If we had been beaten with Ryan on board then there would have been no excuses.”
Looking ahead, the winning trainer reported that he had no immediate plans.
“At this point I’m not sure where we’ll go but Ryan said that any distance between 1600m and 2000m would suit him,” he added.
Moore was full of praise for his mount.
“He’s a beautiful horse, he’s got lots of quality,” said the winning jockey. “It was a big effort from the horse, he had a tough trip and was out wide but has toughed it out. He never runs a bad race. He’s a very brave horse and had to do it the hard way.”
Earlier on the card, Lani (USA) had won the UAE Derby Sponsored by the Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group for Japan.