Friday, February 06, 2009

Shiny guineas for Barton

Friday’s fifth meeting of the 2009 Dubai International Racing Carnival, sponsored by GPD Investments, featured the UAE 1000 Guineas, the first Classic of the season.

Restricted to three-year-old fillies, the 1600m dirt contest carries Listed status and was won by the Jerry Barton-trained So Shiny who made all under Mick Kinane.

Barton, who saddled Deem to win the Cape Verdi the previous night, was delighted: “That was a nice effort and she is a filly we have always liked. Mick has done everything right and she has run on well. We will have to think about the Oaks now.”

The opening 1200m turf handicap divided and provided the first two races, the Empire Heights Trophy and the Oxford.

Mike De Kock and Kevin Shea combined with Diana’s Choice in the opening leg.

Never far off the pace, she quickened nicely close home to register a first UAE win.

Shea explained: “I was never concerned and that was a good performance.”

The second leg was won by Godolphin’s Asset with Frankie Dettori always looking confident on the Saeed Bin Suroor-trained six-year-old.

The trainer said: “He is a nice horse with a good turn of foot and Frankie has given him a great ride.”

That was the first of three winners for Bin Suroor with Dettori also in the saddle on Alexandros who was the impressive winner of the Park Lane Trophy, a 1777m grass handicap.

However, the Italian and Veracity were caught right on the line by stable companion Friston Forest in the Concourse 2750 handicap as Bin Suroor completed his treble.

Ted Durcan rode that winner and Bin Suroor was pleased with both horses: “They have both been off a while so that was a good performance by both. We will see how they are before making further plans.”

The 1700m dirt handicap, the Bluestone, produced an exciting finish with five horses holding live chances entering the final 100m.

It was Doug Watson’s Roman’s Run, under Fernando Jara, who prevailed to the delight of the trainer: “The fast pace certainly helped and it is nice to see this horse bounce back as he is a useful performer who has just had a few problems.”

The concluding handicap, the Mayfair, was back on the grass and France opened their 2009 account when Kachgai landed the spoils under Jose Martinez.

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