Watch: Subjectivist routs rivals and is cut to 8-1 for Ascot Gold Cup
Subjectivist produced a dazzling display to dominate a field of classy rivals in the Group 2 Dubai Gold Cup under Joe Fanning.
The four-year-old had not been seen since winning the Group 1 Prix Royal-Oak at Longchamp in October but showed no ill effects of the break to kick off the final bend into an unassailable position.
Winning trainer Mark Johnston said: "We haven't won on World Cup night since 1999 so you come here thinking whether you're doing something wrong.
"I kept looking at the form and he wasn't being mentioned before the race which didn't make any sense. He's a Group 1 winner last time and he had all the credentials for this."
Johnston added: "The whole way through the race I was very happy and I thought we were going best. When he hit the front it was clear the others had a lot of ground to make up."
Subjectivist, beaten by leading Dubai Sheema Classic hope Mogul in the Gordon Stakes at Goodwood last July, was cut into 8-1 for Ascot Gold Cup by Paddy Power after his victory.
Buick and Appleby off the mark
Godolphin got their World Cup night up and running when Rebel's Romance ran out a convincing winner of the UAE Derby for Charlie Appleby.
The three-year-old, now a winner of four of his five starts under rules, put the race to bed inside the final two furlongs, proving far too good for 9-2 favourite Panadol.
Winning rider William Buick, said: "That's a career-best display in his short career so far and is a product of a fantastic training performance from Charlie.
"He started late as a two-year-old but is growing up fast and is taking every step very well. Charlie was adamant he should miss the Guineas and go to Saudi instead, which served him well here"
Brits upset in Al Quoz
Extravagant Kid upset better-fancied British rivals to take the the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint for American-based trainer Brendan Walsh.
The likes of Space Blues, Khaadem and Equilateral all featured highly in the betting but none could match the turn of foot shown by the son of Kiss The Kid, who had finished second in each of his previous three starts.
Winning rider Ryan Moore said: "It was a very messy race because the speed looked as if it was going to be stand's side and then it switched so we had to make a decision.
"We got a nice tow and he's a very talented horse so I'm delighted to ride Brendan a winner here."
The Saeed bin Suroor-trained Final Song was second ahead of Acklam Express, trained by Nigel Tinkler.
Tragedy strikes in Golden Shaheen
Zenden's superb victory in the Group 1 Golden Shaheen had a heartbreaking postscript as he suffered a catastrophic injury only moments after the crossing the line.
Trained by Carlos David, the five-year-old put up the performance of the night with a sparkling display, dancing clear of Red Le Zele and Canvassed under Antonio Fresu.
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