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Watch Sarrsar win the first race of this year's carnival

Godolphin quickly off the mark in Dubai opener

GODOLPHIN were quickly into stride in the opening race of this year's Dubai World Cup Carnival, with the Mickael Barzalona-ridden Sarrsar (Saeed Bin Suroor) leading home a one-two for the Dubai-based owners.

With three representatives in the 1m1½f handicap, Godolphin were obviously keen to hit theground running, although stable jockey Frankie Dettori was left waiting for his first winner after choosing to ride runner-up Capponi.

Despite defeat, Dettori gave Capponi a fine ride in front - setting just a moderate pace from the gates before gradually increasing the tempo through the second half of the race.

However, after getting the better of eventual third Marching Time, Capponi could not repel the late flourish of the Saeed Bin-Suroor-trained winner, who returned at 9-2.

Dettori was however quick to  gain his revenge when partnering the Saeed Bin Suroor-trained Honour System to land the second race on the card, the 1m3f handicap, making it two from two for Godolphin. 

The 7-4 shot saw off the James Doyle-ridden Lyssio back in second and the Tadhg O'Shea-ridden Manjakani returned third.


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