Mubtaahij lands Guineas Trial

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Mubtaahij lands Guineas Trial

Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa delighted to see his horses making a 1-2 finish

By Hisham Al Gizouli (chief Reporter)

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Published: Fri 16 Jan 2015, 12:18 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 8:34 PM

Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum receives the winner’s trophy. — Supplied picture

Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum receives the winner’s trophy. — Supplied picture

Dubai: Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Land Department, was delighted to see his horses making a 1-2 finish in the 1400m UAE 2000 guineas Trial ‘Conditions’, the highlight of the second meeting of the Dubai World Cup Carnival at Meydan on Thursday.

After the awkward start of the Godolphin’s representative and clear cut favourite Maftool, the boys in Yellow pushed forward to dominate the scene with top weight Ajwad, ridden by the stables retained jockey Christophe Soumillon, making a quick move to lead, but stable companion Mubtaahij came full of running in the hands of Dane O’Neill and kicked away to win by five lengths on the line. Maftool had partially recovered to take third.

Both top finishers are looked after by the South African trainer Mike De Kock. “It’s a great performance,” Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum said. “They did well and hopefully they will improve further for the main race,” he added.

Trainer Saeed bin Suroor commented: “Unfortunately Maftool didn’t start well, but he will make things good to rebounce in the main race over a longer distance.”  

However, in the fillies equivalence of the race, Local Time came with a late run under James Doyle to earn Godolphin’s trainer Saeed bin Suroor a narrow win over top weight Ad Idem in the UAE 1000 Guineas Trial, a TB Conditions event contested over seven furlongs on dirt.

“She’s a good filly who needs a longer distance and a mile trip will suit her better,” Bin Suroor commented hinting that the next target of the Local Time would be the 1000 Guineas in a couple of weeks. “Even her stable companion Good Place who have missed the break and finished fourth will improve over a nine furlong trip,” he added.

The 1200m TB Dubawi Stakes ‘Listed’ was impressively won by Reynaldothewizard, ridden by Richard Mullen, trained by Satish Seemar and raced by Zabeel International, Corp.  AD Idem, ridden by Paul Hanagan for South African trainer Mike De Kock in the silks of Shaikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance, made most before being caught in the final 50 yards.

“She has been away from the track for 263 days and needed the run,” De Kock said. “She can stay the distance though this was her first start on dirt,” he added.  James Doyle completed a double for himself and his boss Saeed bin Suroor after he put Haafaguinea on top gear to pip the mount of Mickael Barzalona in the dying strides to win by a short head in the 2000m TB Handicap (turf), the fifth race of the night.

The second race was easily won by the mount of Royston Ffrench, Le Bernardin, who ran a cracking race to win by 4.75 lengths and set a new track record of 02.06.06 seconds for the ten furlong distance. The six-year-old son of former champion Bernardini is raced by Shaikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Maktoum and trained by Ali Rashid Al Raihe at the Grand Stand Stables.

Layl emerged the easies of winners under Patrick Dobbs in the 1900m TB Handicap, the third race on the card. The five-year-old by Street Cry simply kicked away from the rest of the field and stormed home unchallenged to score by more than four lengths.

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