The 1800m first turf race of the season attracted quality field of nine runners going to post. South African trainer Mike de Kock was double-handed in the race. He saddled Front House under Kevin Shea and the mount of Christophe Soumillon Frozen Fire, but they both disappointed.
Later in the evening, Dettori went for a double and completed a treble for trainer Saeed bin Suroor astride Age of Reason to win the 2800m turf handicap.
Dettori commented: “It is a great track (the turf) and I was really impressed with the conditions it is in and especially the sweeping bends. Alexandros likes to get his toe in and he has handled it well. He is a nice horse with some very good form in the book. Hopefully he can improve from that, while Age of Reason is tough and a real credit to the whole team.”
Ted Durcan partnered the first winner for Saeed bin Suroor when he rode Global City to a strong finish in the 1200m handicap.
Earlier in the evening De Kock saddled UAE debutant Musir to land the 1400m UAE 2000 Guineas.
“He ran a good race, but he’s better on a longer distance,” he said. “He defied a Group-1 penalty and the horse which finished behind him was carrying nearly eight kilos less,” he added.
“This horse was Champion Juvenile at home last season and is one we have high hopes for. We will go to the Guineas with hope now.”
The trainer claimed a quick double with Mr Brock in the hands of Kevin Shea in the 1900m handicap.
Shea said: “He is a grand old campaigner and always runs his race.”
Shea completed his own double and the trainer’s treble by winning the concluding 2000m Tapeta handicap on King of Rome.
Richard Hills and Musabah Al Muhairi combined with Mutheeb to win the 1400m Tapeta handicap in great style from Jeremy Noseda’s Stoic. A close fifth last week, Mutheeb was always travelling strongly and Hills said: “He is an ideal Carnival horse with not many races to his name. Hopefully there is more to come.”
The opening race, a 1600m Tapeta handicap, was won in style by Al Arab, representing Brazilian trainer and jockey Antonio Cintra Pereira.
Race One: 6.45pm Dubai International Casthouse Trophy TB Handicap 1600m (a 8f). Purse $110,000 1. Al Arab (C. Pereira) W. Blandi 2. Swift Gift (B Meehan) Ted Durcan 3. Sovereign Remedy (Saeed bin Suroor) L. Dettori. Distances: 4.5L/ 2.75L Time: 1.39.70 Race Two: 7.15pm Dubai International Billet Trophy TB Handicap 1400m (a 7f). Purse $120,000 1. Mutheeb (Musabah Al Muhairi) R. Hills 2. Stoic (J Noseeda) R Moore 3. Gallagher (B Meehan) J Spencer Distances: 5L/ 1.75L Time: 1.26.18
Race Three: 7.45pm UAE 2000 Guineas Trial Dubal International Conditions 1400m (a 7f). Purse $50,000 1. Musir (Mike de Kock) C Soumillon 2. Frozen Power (Saeed bin Suroor) L Dettori 3. Orveso (P Bary) T Pereira Distances: 1.25L/ 0.75L Time: 1.26.95
Race Four: 8.19pm Dubal International Potline Trophy TB Handicap 1900m (a 9.5f). Purse $120,000 1. Mr Brock (Mike de Kock) K Shea 2. Tartan Gigha (M Hofer) R Moore 3. Walzertraum (M Hofer) O Peslier Distances: 3.75L/ 1.25L Time: 2.01.58
Race Five: 9.05pm Dubal International Innovation Trophy TB Handicap 1200m (a 6f). Purse $120,000 1. Global City (Saeed bin Suroor) T Durcan 2. Montpellier (A R Al Raihe) R Ffrench 3. Thor’s Echo (Satish Seemar) Wayne Smith Distances: Ns/2.25L Time: 1.13.48
Race Six: 10.15pm Al Rashidiya Dubal International (Gr-3) 1800m (a 9f). Purse $200,000 1. Alexandros (Saeed bin Suroor) L Dettori 2. Crowded House (B Meehan) J Spencer 3. Tam Lin (Mubarak bin Shafea) W Supple Distances: 3.5L/0.5L Time: 1.51.74
Race Six: 9.40pm Dubal International Trophy TB Handicap 2800m (a 14f). Purse $150,000 1. Age of Reason (Saeed bin Suroor) L Dettori 2. Titurel (M Hofer) K Fallon 3. Mojave Moon (S bin Suroor) A Ajtebi Distances: SHD/SHD Time: 2.58.59
Race Seven: 10.15pm Dubal International Trophy TB Handicap 2800m (a 14f). Purse $150,000 1. Age of Reason (Saeed bin Suroor) L Dettori 2. Titurel (M Hofer) K Fallon 3. Mojave Moon (S bin Suroor) A Ajtebi Distances: SHD/SHD Time: 2.58.59
Race Seven: 10.49pm Dubal International DX Trophy TB Handicap 2000m (a 10f). Purse $110,000 1. King of Rome (Mike de Kock) K Shea 2. Hot Six (P Bary) TJ Pereira 3. Antinori (S bin Suroor) A Ajtebi Distances: 1.5L/ NK Time: 2.07.42
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