Opinion Poll Wins Dubai Gold Cup

Runner-up in the Ascot Gold Cup last summer to Fame And Glory, Opinion Poll secured a Gold Cup of his own when taking the Group 3 US$1,000,000 Dubai Gold Cup, sponsored by Al Tayer Motors, at Meydan Saturday night under jockey Frankie Dettori.

Owned by Godolphin, Opinion Poll became a millionaire with the victory, his ninth wins from 24 starts, including back to back victories in the Group 2 Londsdale Cup at York.

Its been a great night for the team and Im pleased its gone so well for us, said Dettori. I was very happy to win this race and it all went according to plan. I think well target the Ascot Gold Cup in June.

Contested at 3,200m on the Meydan turf course, the race was initially underway at 5:45pm. However, after an incident at the top of the stretch involving Fox Hunt, the race was declared void and rescheduled to be run again after the Dubai World Cup race.

In the initial try, the stewards had instructed the riders to pull up after it was apparent that there was insufficient time to clear the course of the fallen horse. Fox Hunts jockey Silvestre De Sousa was shaken, but otherwise unhurt. De Souza was driven off of the track and resumed riding the remainder of his mounts.

The rescheduled Dubai Gold Cup horses left the gate at 10:25 pm, some 4 1/2 hours after the first attempt.

Makani Bisty made the early running as jockey Glyn Schofield worked hard to keep his mount, Mikhail Glinka, relaxed in second. The field galloped two by two down the front straight.

Opinion Poll made his move around the far turn and won decisively. Joshua Tree briefly appeared a threat but was no match for the winner.

The Dubai Gold Cup was originally billed as the DRC Gold Cup in 2009, upgraded to a Group 3 in 2010, and moved to the Dubai World Cup card for the first time this year.