Prince caps Sheikh’s stellar day

Prince Bishop capped an unforgettable 12 hours for Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin operation when he provided them with yet another Dubai World Cup.

The eight-year-old scored the biggest win of his career when he proved too strong for drawcard runner California Chrome in the 20th edition of the world’s richest race.

It was Godolphin’s eighth win in the 2000-metre event and the seventh success for trainer Saeed bin Suroor.

The World Cup success came around 12 hours after Hartnell won the $1.5 million Group 1 The BMW (2400m) in Sydney for Godolphin.

“In terms of what we call the team dynamic it was a great result,” Sheikh Mohammed’s managing director in Australia, Henry Plumptre, said on Sunday morning.

“Yesterday here was a fantastic result for the Dubai team to watch and then for us to see that horse go over the line with William (Buick), whose been here two weeks ago, it was just fantastic stuff.

“It’s fantastic for Sheikh Mohammed and fantastic for the team that works for him.”

Prince Bishop’s staying qualities came to the fore in the Dubai World Cup. He struggled to stay in touch with the field in the first 600m, but travelled into it rounding the home bend before taking charge of the race midway down the straight.

Pulled away to score by 2-3/4 lengths from the luckless California Chrome, who travelled wide throughout, with the other American, Lea, 1-1/4 lengths further back third.

Prince Bishop was ridden to victory by William Buick, who headed to Dubai after a stint in Sydney, which included riding in the Golden Slipper at Rosehill.

That was the venue of Hartnell’s win in The BMW, the import scoring his biggest success since joining Sheikh Mohammed’s Australian trainer John O’Shea last spring.

The BMW victory was the highlight of a quartet of wins for O’Shea at Rosehill. He also won the Group 2 Tullich Stakes (2000m) with Hauraki, while Generalife and Medcaut were the team’s other winners.