DUBAI, March 31 (Xinhua) -- U. S. thoroughbred Hawkbill, ridden by Norwegian jockey William Buick, crossed on Saturday evening under full mooon over the Gulf Arab emirate the finishing line at a time of two minutes and 29.45 seconds, placing Irish rivals Poet's Word and Cloth of Stars on rank two and three.
"I pushed (Hawkbill) the to the best performance and I got the result in the shape of a victory," said jockey Buick. Racing for the Godolphin stable, owned by Dubai's ruling family Al-Maktoum, Hawkbill helped to cash in 3.6 million U.S. dollars in prize money, sponsored by Swiss matchmaker Longines.
The Dubai World Cup is the most prestigious horse race in the world consisting of nine different races in the hippodrome Meydan. A total of 30 million dollars worth of prize money is distributed. The Longines Dubai Sheema Classic races marked the next-to-last race of the Dubai World Cup 2018.