Monterosso, under Mickael Barzalona, led home a memorable one two for the Godolphin operation in the Dubai World Cup on Saturday night.
It was another notable landmark in the extraordinary young career of Barzalona who celebrated a 100 yards from the line, much in the same way as when he and Pour Moi won the Epsom Derby last season.
The victory was also a feather in the cap of English trainer Mark Johnston who previously trained the winner and Capponi, the runner up.
In a race run at a true pace it was the Irish raider So You Think and Joseph O’Brien who cut out the early fractions with Transcend, who kept the Irish horse company at the head of affairs.
Swinging into the straight it was O’Brien and So You Think that kicked for home and he looked to have the rest in trouble, except the two Godolphin runners.
Capponi was the first to kick, but Barzalona was always sitting pretty on Monterosso and as soon as he asked the son of Dubawi to quicken the response was instant and he sprinted away for a cosy three length win.
“It’s a fantastic effort,” said Godolphin racing manager Simon
Crisford. “The field had so much depth that we were hoping for good runs but we couldn’t be confident going in. It’s unbelievable to have first and second. They are two really fantastic horses.”