DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — California Chrome proved in emphatic fashion he was back at his best when he won the Dubai World Cup by four lengths on Saturday.

Second on his debut last year in the richest horse race in the world, the Art Sherman-trained Chrome went one better under jockey Victor Espinoza, despite the saddle slipping way down his back near the end.

By then, the five-year-old U.S. stallion was way out front, having come round wide on the final turn and accelerating with 400 meters to go in the 2,000-meter race on dirt.