Red Duke triumphs at Meydan

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Red Duke triumphs at Meydan

Jockey Hughe rides colt to victory in Longines Conquest Classic at Meydan on Saturday.

By Hisham Al Gizouli

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Published: Sun 16 Feb 2014, 12:25 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 11:25 PM

Ghost Army ridden by Adrie De Vries winning the opening race at Meydan on Saturday. — KT photo by Grace Guino

Top Irish jockey Richard Hughes teamed up with South African trainer Mike de Kock to steer Red Duke home at the busy end of the 1,800m Longines Conquest Classic (turf), the feature of the 14th meeting at Meydan on Saturday.

Hughes rode his first winner at Meydan on board Rabbah De Carrere in the Mazrat Al Al Ruwayah Purebred Arabians Group-2 last month. “Red Duke travelled well over the extended distance and he responded nicely when I have asked him to improve,” the winning jockey said later.

The five-year-old by Hard Spun failed to impress in two starts over a shorter trip under South African jockey Johnny Geroudis, but he must have appreciated the extended distance to prevail by a quarter of a length ahead of fast finishing stable companion Alhebayeb.

Patrick Dobbs gave Kilt Rock every assist to deny Richard Mullen a quick double on board Desuetude in the 1200m TB Longines Column Chronograph (turf) the third race on the card. The two horses went strike for strike in the concluding stages, but it was Kilt Rock who put his nose first to claim a long overdue victory for trainer Doug Watson and the EERC. Mullen has led Genius Step to a clear cut win in the preceding race, a 1200m TB Longines Master Collection on the All-Weather surface. And Dobbs went on to claim a double for himself and his boss in the fourth race with Ostaad. The home-bred four-year-old son of Marju raced from the centre of the track to attack early leader Touch Gold (Daniel Muscutt) in the final strides to land his first winner in the local season after three starts.

The first race was gamely won by Ghost Army under the Flying Dutchman Adrie De Vries for trainer Ahmed bin Harmash in the silks of the Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai.

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