Poetic Charm steals the show at Meydan


Poetic Charm steals the show at Meydan
Poetic Charm, ridden by James Doyle, wins the feature race at the Meydan racecourse on Thursday. (Photo by Shihab)

Dubai - Sweden opened their 2019 Carnival account with the dominant victory of I Kirk, ridden by Carlos Lopez, in the 1200m dirt handicap

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Published: Fri 18 Jan 2019, 9:44 PM

Last updated: Fri 18 Jan 2019, 11:49 PM

Thursday's third evening of the 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival at Meydan was highlighted by the $250,000 Cape Verdi, a 1600m turf feature restricted to fillies and mares. And it was won in style by Poetic Charm, a press release said. 
The winner was a seventh in the race for Godolphin, fourth in consecutive years and second for trainer Charlie Appleby. The victory was also the second of an Appleby treble. Godolphin would go on to land four on the night that also featured a fine showing by Scandinavian interests, including a resounding victory by Swedish sprinter I Kirk.
Poetic Charm, ridden by James Doyle, made smooth progress early in the straight before sweeping past Asoof, under Christophe Soumillon, with 200m remaining. Multiple G1 winner Furia Cruzada under Antonio Fresu finished third.
"I was a bit of room for a moment, but once the gap opened, I knew I had the horse underneath me and she picked up in style," Doyle said. 
"She has a lot of speed, this filly, and could win over seven (furlongs/1400m), but the extra furlong and nine furlongs in the Balanchine should not be a problem."
Sweden opened their 2019 Carnival account with the dominant victory of I Kirk, ridden by Carlos Lopez, in the 1200m dirt handicap. The Kenny McPeek-trained Honorable Treasure was second, while Laieth took the third place.
The second race of the night, a 2810m turf handicap, was won by the Charlie Appleby-trained Ispolini, ridden by Doyle. Suspicious Mind finished second, while Red Galileo took the third spot.
Appleby completed a treble with a comfortable victory from First Nation in the Azizi Star, a 2000m turf handicap. Stable companion Nordic Lights took the second place and Earnshaw finished third. 
Trainer Sandeep Jadhav was responsible for three of the 11 runners in the Azizi Aliyah, a 1600m dirt handicap. The Indian trainer combined with Royston Ffrench to land the spoils with Capezzano, a five-year-old Bernardini gelding. Thegreatcollection was second while Galvanize finished third.
"We put a hood on him tonight because he is a very nervous type," Ffrench said. 
"That has definitely helped after he disappointed us a bit on his only previous outing this season. For me, personally, it is great to have another Carnival winner, because as everyone knows I had a very bad injury last year and was out of the saddle for a long time. These are the moments that make it worthwhile."
The finale, a 1600m turf handicap, provided Saeed bin Suroor with a treble of his own-a 1-2-3 finish - when Chris Hayes-piloted Desert Fire beat Race Day while Bedouin's Story finished third.

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