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Up-in-trip Rileys rewards those who keep the faith
Report: UAE, Thursday
Meydan: Zabeel Mile (Group 2) 1m, turf, 3yo+
AHMED AJTEBI brought Rileyskeepingfaith (Mahmood Al Zarooni) with a sweetly timed run to record a 14-1 surprise victory in the Zabeel Mile, the Group 2 highlight of the final Dubai Carnival card before World Cup night at Meydan.
The five-year-old, bought out of Mick Channon's yard for 110,000gns at Tattersalls in the autumn, had made the frame on each of his three previous starts at this year's carnival.
However, on Thursday he was racing over a totally new trip, never having tried in excess of 7f, and also had a wide draw to overcome.
He did with élan, sweeping down the outside of Fareer to claim this $250,000 contest in decisive fashion, bringing Al Zarooni his ninth win of the 2011 carnival, where Ajtebi has four successes to his name.
The well-fancied Fanunalter took third for Marco Botti and Ryan Moore, while Hearts Of Fire stayed on strongly to just miss the places after being steadied at the break from an outside berth.
Steele Tango a superstar for Teal
Steele Tango, a true superstar for trainer Roger Teal, repeated his opening-night victory over Enak when he was produced to lead close home by Ryan Moore in a thrilling finish to the concluding 1m2f turf handicap.
A jubilant Teal said: "That is amazing - to win twice here in Dubai on the world stage for our small yard is just unbelievable.
"Ryan has timed it perfectly again," he added. "This race is sponsored by Dubai Duty Free and it would be great if we could get a World Cup night invitation.
"If not we have the option of Hong Kong or we may just take him home for the Earl of Sefton Stakes."