Breeders’ Cup Turf Champion Auguste Rodin Set to Kick off 2024 Season at Prestigious Dubai World Cup

Published 01/23/2024, 1:30 PM EST

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The Breeders’ Cup championship in 2023 was a delight to watch. What made it even more exciting for the horse racing aficionados were the reputed horses taking part in it. Auguste Rodin, an Irish thoroughbred, was one of the renowned horses who was anticipated before the Breeders’ Cup Turf. The horse, too, didn’t disappoint, as he won the Grade 1 race under the expert jockey Ryan Moore on his saddle. After this victory at Santa Anita, the horse wasn’t seen for the rest of the season. However, recently, the news of the horse making its 2024 season debut in the esteemed Dubai World Cup surfaced online.

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The announcement of Auguste Rodin participating in the Dubai World Cup night went viral on social media. The stallion will be participating in the G1 Dubai Sheema Classic, which is one of the eight races at the prestigious event. Both the horse and his fans have been waiting a long time for him to go back on track, so the anticipation is understandable.

Looking forward to register another G1 win

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Winning a Grade 1 Stakes is a great achievement for any horse, jockey, or trainer. After competing and winning in multiple grade 1 races, Auguste Rodin is a renowned horse. Archie Brookes, on X, announced the stallion’s return to the track. The horse would be starting off its 2024 season in the G1 Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan Racecourse on March 30. Last time, the G1 race was won by the world’s best Equinox, who is currently enjoying his retirement alongside father, Kitasan Black.

However, Auguste Rodin’s 2023 season debut was a disaster. In the Qipco 2000 Guineas Stakes (G1) at Newmarket, the horse placed 12th, which also ended his winning streak. Nevertheless, when the horse arrived at Epsom for the Betfred Derby (G1), Auguste Rodin shattered the competition taking first place. Before arriving on American soil for the Breeders’ Cup Turf, the horse had won three Grade 1 races in the United Kingdom. This christened him a fan favorite in an instant. The stallion also made sure that he didn’t disappoint the American crowd and won the Breeders’ Cup Turf in a dominant fashion.

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2023 Breeders’ Cup Turf recap

Santa Anita had a beautiful day on November 5, 2023. Of the eleven horses who waited patiently at their gates to compete in the Breeders’ Cup Turf, one would have an even more spectacular day with a big win. The moment the race started, it was a battle between all the horses, but after the first bend, Balladeer was the fastest as Broome and Adamo fought for second place.

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Even though Balladeer had the lead for most of the race, things changed completely in the final turn. Auguste Rodin appeared from the middle of the pack and surprised everyone by passing the leader from the inside of the track. The Irish thoroughbred was challenged by the American racehorse Up To The Mark, but it wasn’t able to keep up with the pace of Auguste Rodin. With superior speed, the stallion won the race and ended his 2023 season in style.

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