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Godolphin’s Thunder Snow continues to defend the title at the Dubai World Cup, winning for the second time last Saturday.

Thunder Snow the first horse to win two titles at Dubai World Cup

Godolphin, owned by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has witnessed back-to-back winners before, but Thunder Snow’s victory is a new first for the horseracing team, being the first horse to win back-to-back titles, in consecutive editions. What’s more, the champion’s trainer, Saeed bin Suroor now becomes the most successful trainer at the Dubai World Cup, with nine titles to his name.

Watch Sheikh Mohammed perform a victory dance

All smiles, Sheikh Mohammed greeted jockey Christophe Soumillon with a little victory dance, accompanied by Crown Prince His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum. Sheikh Mohammed says, “The source of my happiness is not the precious cup or the cash prize, but seeing the happiness of the UAE people, the owners, trainers, jockeys and the fans who keep waiting for this special event year after year.”

Have a read about Sheikh Mohammed’s poem during Dubai World Cup

Sheikh Mohammed has been passionate about horse-racing since his youth. He made his debut in Brighton in 1977, winning his first equestrian race with Godolphin’s Hatta. Decades later, and the Ruler remains an avid fan of horse-racing, spending millions on thoroughbreds every year. Check out the poem he issued during the world cup last Saturday:

Photograph credit: Twitter

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