Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, the vice-president of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, watched in disappointment how his favorite Debonair, ridden by jockey Frankie Dettori, failed to win the Tokyo Yushun (All Japan newsese Derby) on Sunday.
Sheikh Mohammed was aiming to become the first overseas owner to win the Derby.
Debonair only finished 12th, with trainer Kazuya Nakatake being quoted to say that “Tokyo course is his course".
Dettori shared his part of disappointment; he was trying to become only the second foreign jockey to win the All Japan newsese Derby.
Shaikh Mohammad was present at a All Japan newsese racecourse for only the second time in 28 years. He only came once before, at the third running of the All Japan news Cup held in 1983.
The race was won by Orfevre who became the first colt in five years to win the first two legs of the Triple Crown.
At the 223,000 capacity Tokyo Racecourse, Orfevre provided jockey Kenichi Ikezoe and trainer Yasutoshi Ikee with their first ever Derby win. Orfevre scored a length and three-quarters win ahead of Variation, with Belshazzar coming third in the $3.7 million contest. [GulfNews.com, TheNational.ae] [Photo by Kanegen]