The 1000m feature, kindly sponsored by the Shadwell Farm of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, looked arguably the best ever renewal on paper but Durcan's mount, trained by Satish Seemar, won convincingly to the delight of his trainer who said:
"We will think about Dubai World Cup night if we were to get an invitation in the turf race."
Frankie Dettori and Mike De Kock combined for a double with Biarritz winning the 1400m conditions race, sponsored by Emirates, in great style after stable companion Wonder Lawn had won the second 1950m handicap earlier on.
Dettori, who performed his flying dismount on both occasions, said: "They have both won well and they are the first winners I have ridden for Mike, from not many rides."
The 'home team' of Dhruba Selvaratnam and William Buick rarely leave empty-handed and combined with Shemoli to win the opening 1950m handicap, while Effort won the 1200m handicap under Jesus Rosales for Abdulla Bin Huzaim.
Numair was a welcome winner for reigning Champion Trainer Doug Watson in his bid to defend the crown from a determined Ali Rashid Al Raihe.
Ridden by Wayne Smith, he landed the concluding 1400m handicap.