Soumillon waves his whip in celebration of victory on VercingetorixPICTURE: Dubai Racing Club/Andrew Watkins
Soumillon strikes on valiant Vercingetorix
Report: Meydan, Super Saturday
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IT'S now six from six for the unbeaten South African star Vercingetorix and with a second victory at the highest level into the bargain after a forceful ride from Christophe Soumillon.
Soumillon supplied his mount with a succession of reminders in an attempt to grab the race from the turn into the straight and the strategy appeared to work as the Mike de Kock-trained 2-1 favourite managed to escape the pack.
Once into full stride Vercingetorix comfortably held his rivals, led home by Godolphin runner Vancouverite (7-1) and Anaerobio (20-1), also trained by De Kock.
The winner, an entire son of Silvano, rose to prominence in South Africa last summer by winning the Grade 1 Daily News 2000 on turf.
He made his Meydan debut last month, narrowly winning a 1m1f handicap on turf.
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Prince Bishop and Kieren Fallon lord it in the Maktoum ChallengePICTURE: Dubai Racing Club/Andrew Watkins
KIEREN FALLON and Prince Bishop appear to be going places fast as they took their perfect record together to three from three in stylish fashion.
The 5-1 winner came home clear of Sanshaawes (12-1) and Surfer (25-1) to give trainer Saeed Bin Suroor a first Group 1 win of 2014 and a quick treble on the card following wins for Shuruq and Excellent Result.
After a initial victory together in the Group 3 September Stakes at Kempton last season Fallon and Prince Bishop were reunited for round 2 of the Maktoum Challenge at Meydan last month.
The combination excelled for a length and a quarter win from African Story and with round three added the next stop seems sure to be the $10 million Dubai World Cup - the world's richest race - on March 29.
Bin Suroor said: "We have always really liked this horse and he seems to have improved this season. His win in the middle round was a good one but this was a better race and we are delighted with him.
"All being well, we will bring him back for the Dubai World Cup itself in three weeks."