Thursday, January 22, 2009

Big Man in the City

Thursday’s second meeting of the 2009 Dubai International Racing Carnival, kindly sponsored by Al Tayer Motors, featured the Group 3 1200m Al Shindagha Sprint on the dirt.

It was won in style by the Jerry Barton-trained Big City Man who showed acceleration that the sponsors would have been proud of in one of their Ferraris!

Never far off the pace, he went to the front at halfway and quickened clear 200m later.

He was never likely to be caught under Jose Verenzuela and Barton was delighted: “That was a very pleasing effort and we will look at the Dubai Golden Shaheen on Dubai World Cup night after the Mahab Al Shimaal on Super Thursday.”

Godolphin enjoyed a memorable double with Alexandros sealing the brace in the concluding 1600m turf handicap, the Al Tayer Motors 1600.

Frankie Dettori was in the saddle as he had been earlier when Desert Party landed the Ford Flex Trophy, a 1400m conditions race on dirt.

Restricted to three-year-olds, it has proven a reliable source of UAE 2000 Guineas winners in the past and that will be this colt’s next assignment according to trainer Saeed Bin Suroor: “The UAE [200] Guineas is the obvious target and he is a horse we like a lot with some very good form in the States.”

Mubarak Bin Shafya may be in his firsts season with a training licence but he repeated his double of the first week with Gladiatorus winning the Jaguar XF Trophy, a 1500m turf handicap before Gravitas landed the 2400m handicap, the Range Rover Trophy, also on grass.

Ahmad Ajtebi rode both and said: “It has been a great night and the whole season has been brilliant so far.”

The 1300m turf handicap divided and South African Mike de Kock saddled Hunting Tower to win the Jaguar XK Trophy under Kevin Shea, before Richard Hills won the Land Rover Trophy on Erwan Charpy’s Munaddam.

Luca Cumani’s Presvis was the easiest winner of the night and turned the 2000m turf handicap, the Al Tayer Motors Trophy, into a procession under Ryan Moore.

Trainer’s daughter Francesca said: “We were very hopeful of a big run and he is a nice horse who appears to be going the right way.”

Local trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe saddled a 1-2 in the 1700m dirt handicap, the Ford Mustang Trophy which was won by Royston Ffrench on Glen Nevis who denied stable companion Aamaaq close home.

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