Bobby Zen

After knocking on the door so many times–finishing second or third in four Group 1 events in his most recent four starts–Team Valor and Gary Barber’s FACTEUR CHEVAL (IRE) (g, 5, Ribchester {Ire}–Jawlaat {Ire}, by Shamardal) got one of his own in an ultra-competitive renewal of the $5-million G1 Dubai Turf at Meydan Racecourse Saturday. Under Maxime Guyon, who won this race in 2015 with Solow (Singspiel {Ire}), the winner bided his time far back but in the clear, tipped out into the lane, and hooked up with Namur (Jpn) (Habringer {GB}), who commenced an even-wider run than Facteur Cheval. The two finished so close a photo was required to determine the winner. Danon Beluga (Jpn) (Heart’s Cry {Jpn}) finished third. The final time for the 1800 metres was 1:45.91.

Lord North (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}), winner of the Dubai Turf the last three years and seeking an historic four-peat, finished off the board. The U.S. hope Catnip (Kitten’s Joy) went wrong in late stretch, with rider Christophe Lemaire thrown hard to the ground and removed from his final mounts on the card.

O-Team Valor International LLC and Gary Barber; B-McCracken Farms (Ire); T-Jerome Reynier.

Facteur Cheval just denies Namur in the Dubai Turf sponsored by DP World.

A French winner for Jerome Reynier and Maxime Guyon. pic.twitter.com/dC3Nw7VZSt

— Dubai Racing Club (@RacingDubai) March 30, 2024

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