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Jack The Lad For Godolphin

Trainer John Gosden and jockey William Buick again teamed up to superb effect in the Longines Dubai Sheema Classic as Godolphin’s Jack Hobbs (GB) stormed back to his brilliant best.

Seven years have elapsed since Buick launched his association with Gosden by landing the race on Dar Re Mi, and the now Godolphin-retained rider was sporting his famous blue silks as he strode clear for a two-and-a-quarter-length victory.

The brilliant Irish Derby winner of 2015 was restricted to just two runs last year, and after suffering an injury when pulled up at Newmarket in May, he showed the fire still burns bright when a promising third in October’s British Champion Stakes.

Ryan Moore on Highland Reel (IRE) set the pace in the 2400m Group 1 but Buick was always tanking on Jack Hobbs and he looked the winner for much of the home run.

The slow-starting Seventh Heaven (IRE) came from the rear to take third with last year’s winner Postponed (IRE) a length and three-quarters adrift in third.

Jack Hobbs was Godolphin’s second success of the evening, and Gosden the first non-retained Godolphin trainer to saddle a Dubai World Cup night winner.

The trainer said: “This is a real family affair for Sheikh Mohammed and I am delighted for everyone.

“The horse picked up an injury last year and we couldn’t do much with him but his form at Ascot at the back-end was rock solid with Almanzor and Found.

“The ground tonight has been opened up so Ryan stayed off the rail, which was always going to allow something to come through, but he gave us a nice lead.

“William did as he did on Dar Re Mi and he waited and waited and it has paid off.

“I put semi-blinkers on the horse tonight just to make him concentrate. He has had so much time off that he forgets he is a racehorse and it looking around at who is in the boxes in the stands. He is in no way un-genuine but he was dreaming at Ascot and I just wanted to concentrate his mind.”
Godolphin chief executive John Ferguson added: “This is a great credit to John Gosden and his team and two years ago they made a plan to bring this horse here for this race as a five-year-old, and they have stuck to the plan.

“I am not sure where we will take him next as we just want to enjoy tonight.”

Buick added: “Obviously I`m very pleased with the way the horse has done it. John said to me earlier in the week that he didn`t think he had the horse in better shape and he really showed his true colours today. He has shown again that he is a top class colt.

“He had a difficult year last year and John got him back, it`s a great training performance. He is a classy colt and we will hear more about him throughout the season.”