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History repeats as Siskany caught close home in G2 Dubai Gold Cup


For a second successive year, a Godolphin horse was collared in the final strides of the G2 Dubai Gold Cup as Broome edged out Siskany in the two-mile feature on Dubai World Cup Night, Saturday, 25 March.

Manobo, representing Siskany’s trainer and jockey partnership of Charlie Appleby and William Buick, had suffered similar heartache in the same race 12 months earlier as he was headed by Japanese raider Stay Foolish.

Stepping up in trip after winning the G3 Nad Al Sheba Trophy on his seasonal return, Siskany raced in mid-field of the 15 runners as stable-mate Global Storm established a narrow lead on the inside of Quickthorn.

Siskany travelled ominously into the race when Subjectivist and Quickthorn took up the running with three furlongs left and moved up to third at the top of the straight.

The Dubawi five-year-old looked set for victory after sweeping into the lead over a furlong out, only for Broome to get up close home for a neck victory in a new course record. The front two pulled almost five lengths clear of third home Subjectivist.

William Buick said: “It was a super run from Siskany. We were worried the distance might just test him in the last furlong or so, but he gave me everything and the race went exactly to plan apart from being headed late by a good horse.”