Soumillon, who rode Godolphin’s Thunder Snow to win the Dubai World Cup at Meydan in March, produced a late challenge from the 200-metre mark to flash past the post first ahead of Rajeh under Francois Xavier Bertas by a length.
Rijm ridden by Faleh Bughenaim was a further short head behind in third ahead of Shomoos Athba with Tadhg O’Shea atop in the Group 1 race, the seventh and final European leg of the race-series, for prize fund of £80,000 run over the 2,000m distance.
The President of the UAE Cup is the oldest race series for the Purebred Arabians and it was a fitting tribute to have the event take place on the St Leger card, the oldest of the five Classics for thoroughbreds in Britain.
The race series held under the patronage of His Highness The President Sheikh Khalifa bon Zayed Al Nahyan and in the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Presidential Affairs, now moves to Churchill Downs in the United States of America, Morocco and the concluding leg in Saudi Arabia.
The race meeting was attended by HE Aref Hamad Al Awani, Secretary General of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC), HE Faisal Al Rahmani, Advisor to the ADSC and General Supervisor of the President's Cup Series, Amanda Smith, Race Director of Doncaster and Saeed Al Muhairi of ADSC.
“The seventh leg of the race series great importance because it is linked to the name of the leader dear to everyone's hearts, pointing to the importance of horse racing and its role in enhancing the position and leadership of the UAE in preserving its original heritage.
“The Purebred Arabian race to be included in one of the most prestigious race meetings in Europe is a commendable achievement for both the race series and for the breed,” said HE Al Awani.
“The race series is an initiative of the late President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and the success of this event is evident as we celebrate the 25th year and the race run on St Leger day.
“The President of ADSC HH Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan has attached great importance to this event.
HE Al Awani praised the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed in organising horse races worldwide to encourage owners and breeders of the Purebred Arabians.
Matar Suhail Al Yabhouni, Member of both the Federal National Council and ADSC, and Chairman of the Organising Committee of the race series, said it was the third year to have the event run on St Leger card.
“We are proud to have some of the leading Purebred Arabians in the famous Doncaster racetrack,” he said.
“The most important is to create an awareness of the breed in front of thousands of racegoers and racing fans watching it on TV around the world.”