Rewilding wins Sheema to land Godolphin treble
Report: UAE, Saturday
Meydan: Dubai Sheema Classic (Group 1) 1m4f, turf, 3yo+
REWILDING (Mahmood Al Zarooni/Frankie Dettori) made it six from six for favourites on World Cup night and brought up a Godolphin treble with a clear victory in the Dubai Sheema Classic.
The four-year-old was sent wide on the turn by jockey Frankie Dettori - who also brought up his double on the night with the win - and burst into the lead with an irresistable turn of foot, effectively ending the race as a contest with over 100 metres to run.
Al Zarooni said: "He's a really big horse and that will take a lot out of him. We have to treat him very carefully like a filly.
"Simon Crisford [Godolphin racing manager] and the boss will decide, but there are plenty of options including the Coronation Cup."
Dettori added: "He got me out wide early on and was a bit lazy, but won really well in the end. Him being fresh is a good thing."
There was plenty of jostling at the start as runners contested the lead, initially held by Laaheb - trainer Roger Varian's first runner since taking over the reins at Michael Jarvis' operation. Laaheb was under pressure from Dangerous Midge, but surrendered the lead to the Japanese-trained runner Rulership under a positive ride from Christophe Soumillon.
Rulership dictated matters until just after the turn into the home straight,when he was overtaken by a number of runners coming with a run.
Frankie Dettori: "won really well"PICTURE: Edward Whitaker/racingpostpix.com
First Laaheb, always prominent after being relegated from the front, took on the leader. The Barry Hills-trained Redwood, given a smart ride in tough circumstances by Michael Hills, then launched his attack on the race.
Both looked in with a shout before Dettori came screaming down the centre on Rewilding, looking every bit the class horse who won the Great Voltigeur last August rather than the flat-footed animal who failed to fire in the St Leger a month later.
Michael Hills took second on Redwood and said: "I couldn't give him the breather I wanted because I had to hold my position, but it was a very honest run and he'll improve for it."
Barry Hills added: "There's a big race in him and he travels [overseas] well - he'll get better."
Laaheb had to settle for fourth - third going to the winner's stablemate Calvados Blues - and trainer Roger Varian said: "We had a run for our money.He took the trip very well so an international campaign in the autumn might be the thing after we've aimed at one or two nice summer prizes."