Godolphin look for another bonanza

DUBAI - Godolphin have two big chances to retain the title which they had claimed last year with Calming Influence under Ahmed Ajtebi.

By Hisham Al Gizouli

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Published: Sun 27 Mar 2011, 12:46 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 8:43 AM

Frankie Detorri rides Skysurfers for Saeed bin Suroor. Twice a winner over course and distance, he was third in this race last year and avoided Super Thursday to keep him fresh for this challenge. But, Frankie Dettori said draw 13 is a disadvantage. Then Mahmoud Al Zarooonie saddles Rileyskeepingfaith, who won his first attempt at this trip on the final night of the Dubai International Racing Carnival. That was on turf but he ran reasonably on All-Weather on Super Thursday and has to be respected.

UAE trainer Musabah Al Muhairi makes his second Dubai World Cup night’s reappearance with Zafeen Speed who will be ridden by the Oasis-1 Stables Wayne Smith.

Owned by Jaber Abdulla, the four-year-old colt did not know any other racing venue apart from Meydan A/W track. He was shipped to Dubai last November and made his debut in a maiden race contested over 1400 metre and finished fourth. But when shifted to the mile, he cruised to three impressive wins before being narrowly beaten by Godlphin DDF hope Mendip in a spectacular finish in the Burj Nahar Gr-2 on the Super Thursday.

Barry Hills trains Red Jazz who improved dramatically throughout last year which culminated in a Group Two victory at Newmarket having previously finished a close third to Dubai World Cup hopeful Poet’s Voice in Group One company.

The surface has to be a query but he is a young, progressive horse and the highest-rated in the field.

Fellow UK raider Premio Loco actually beat Red Jazz at Newmarket over 1400m last June. He had two runs at Meydan last season before an excellent UK campaign and he also managed a third in Group One company, in his case the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.

Mufarrh represents champion trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe with Le Drakkar, trained by Abdulla Bin Huzaim, completing the home contingent.

Qatar’s Hearts of Fire has been running well at the Carnival and looks capable of a bold show, while American challenger I Want Revenge represents Richard Dutrow who boasts a 50 per cent strike rate in the UAE.

Make Music For Me is the second USA runner and is another who certainly should not be ignored in arguably the most competitive All-Weather race of the night.

As De Trebol was just behind Zafeen Speed on Super Thursday with Crowded House further back and they look unlikely winners.

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