The winner of the 2012 Dubai World Cup - the world's richest horse racing event with a mere US$10 million cash prize - was Monterosso ridden by 20-year-old French jockey Mickael Barzalona (winner of the Epsom Derby in 2011 in my home county). The owner (and to announce him by his official title): Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Godolphin Stables' horses, which have won five times in the race's 17-year history, hadn't come in first since 2006. I suppose he could do with the money?
Another fixture on the Dubai social calendar (now at its relatively new home at Meydan Racetrack) over for another year. Check out the opening ceremony:
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I set up this blog to reveal what real life is like here in the UAE - the good and the bad. I'll chat about what I've been up to, Dubai news and developments, my thoughts about expat life here (and in general) and reports about my holidays and adventures in the region (travel is my bag after all).