Magic Moreira stars as Vivlos takes Dubai Turf

Magic run from Vivlos
to take Dubai Turf By Peter Scargill 3:32PM 25 MAR 2017

Report: Dubai, Saturday

Meydan: Dubai Turf (Group 1) 1m1f, 3yo+

VIVLOS produced an astonished last furlong dash under Joao Moreira to run down Heshem and Ribchester to take this contest for Japan.

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Jockeyship was to the fore in this contest and not for the first time the remarkable Moreira outshone his rivals will a brilliantly timed challenge on the 14-1 outsider.

Ribchester had also been given an excellent ride from just behind the leaders by William Buick and struck for home at the top of the straight despite concerns about his ability to stay the extra furlong.

He was challenged hard by Heshem on the outside with Zarak stuck in behind the pair with nowhere to go for treble-seeker rider Christophe Soumillon.

With Zarak compromised, Ribchester and Heshem looked to have it between themselves, but Moreira was about to have his say as he switched the Yasuo Tomomichi-trained filly to the centre of the track.

From there she flew. With less than a furlong to go when she started her challenge, Vivlos was irresistible under the Magic Man and came over the top of her rivals to score impressively.

Heshem finished second, another excellent run from a French-trained contender on World Cup night, with Ribchester a gallant third.

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