Meydan: Barbecue Eddie was among the winners againPICTURE: Dubai Racing Club
Maktoum Challenge the aim for Barbecue Eddie
Report: UAE, Thursday
Meydan: AW (Tapeta)
Barbecue Eddie (Doug Watson/Dane O'Neill) will now be aimed at the Group 2 opening round of the Maktoum Challenge (January 10) after winning a second consecutive 1m handicap over the same course and distance as the opening night feature of the 2013 Dubai World Cup Carnival.
Not the fastest away, he was held up off the pace set by Tammathul (Ali Rashid Al Raihe/Royston Ffrench) who appeared to have stable companion Haatheq (Tadhg O'Shea) to beat as the runners swung for home. Ffrench's mount soon saw off Haatheq but had no answer to the late thrust of Barbecue Eddie with Haatheq hanging on for third to give owner Sheikh Hamdan a memorable 1-2-3.
Watson said: "We were all set for the Godolphin Mile last season only for him to be ruled out on the Tuesday. That has to be our aim again, hopefully via Maktoum Challenge I and Super Saturday.
"He has won six times for us now and is a real favourite in the yard."
Champion trainer Al Raihe may have been out of luck in that contest but was responsible for the 1-2 in the concluding 1m2f conditions race, having already supplied first and second in a 6f maiden.
Pat Cosgrave rode Zain Shamardal to deny fast finishing stable companion Rochdale (Roytson Ffrench) in the 1m2f race and said: "It was always a nice spare ride and he is a genuine Carnival horse. He took me there strongly and quickened before digging deep when challenged."
Ffrench may have been out of luck there but earlier steered Desert of Dreams to win the maiden - becoming the first ever juvenile to win at Meydan (from a handful of runners). Ffrench said: "He is a nice type and one we will hopefully campaign in the three-year-old races at the Carnival).
Ganas (Ernst Oertel/Tadhg O'Shea) was far too good for his opposition when winning his second 6f handicap. O'Shea said: "I had an awful draw but was able to get to the front as he is just so fast naturally - we do believe he will be better with a lead - if anything can get in front of him!"
Furnace (Erwan Charpy/Sam Hitchcott) provided his trainer with a first win of the season in a 7f handicap.