Saeed bin Suroor: claimed eighth UAE Oaks with ShuruqPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Shuruq victorious in UAE Oaks for Godolphin
REPORT: UAE, Thursday
Meydan: UAE Oaks (Group 3) 1m1½f, Tapeta, 3yo fillies
Godolphin were again in dominant form at the eighth meeting of the Meydan Carnival with Sheikh Mohammed present to witness Shuruq win the Group 3 UAE Oaks, while Now Spun landed the Listed Meydan Classic, the two feature races on the card.
Ridden by Paul Hanagan, Shuruq was an eighth winner in the Oaks for Saeed bin Suroor and went one better than her previous two starts at Meydan - having finished second to Music Chart in the trial for the UAE 1,000 Guineas, then filled the same position behind Lovely Pass in the UAE 1,000 Guineas.
The 1m1½f Tapeta trip really suited and she led home a Godolphin-trained one-two-three with Lovely Pass second and Music Chart third.
Bin Suroor said: "She has run well in defeat both times and we knew this trip would suit her. It is likely she will go back to England but the UAE Derby could be an option."
Also on Thursday
Meydan: Meydan Classic (Listed) 1m, turf, 3yo
Mahmood Al Zarooni is also contemplating the UAE Derby for Now Spun, who won the 1m Listed Meydan Classic on the turf.
Having ony his third career start, Now Spun has now won both his turf starts having won the a Leicester maiden in October last year.
Al Zarooni said: "That was very pleasing as he is still learning about his racing and can hopefully go on from this. The UAE Derby is an option or we could wait for Europe."
Rest of the card
Godolphin's Kassiano became the first horse to win three 2013 Carnival races with an easy success in the opening 1m3f Tapeta handicap, initiating doubles for Barzalona and Bin Suroor who said: "He loves this surface and we will have to step him up in class now."
Local Champion Trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe doubled his tally for this year's Carnival with Hanagan initiating his own double when producing Mufarrh to win close home in a very rough 1m Tapeta handicap.
Hanagan said: "We were a bit further back than ideal but that has allowed us to come down the outside with a smooth run. This horse has a touch of class and will need to go back up in grade."
Dhruba Selvaratnam opened his account for the Carnival with the victory of United Color in the 6f Tapeta handicap, finishing fast and late under James Doyle to deny British raiders Arnold Lane and Dubawi Sound.
Selvaratnam said: "This is his fourth start for us and first on Tapeta. He was a Group 3 winner in Italy and we will bring him back next week for Super Saturday."
Selvaratnam was denied a double in the concluding 7f turf handicap when Jaasoos was second, just as he had been 12 months ago, to the Mike De Kock-trained Anaerobio.