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Saeed bin Suroor - Meydan 23.03.11

Saeed bin Suroor: sent out Godolphin's 100th top flight winner

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Hunter's Light brings up landmark Godolphin win

Report: UAE, Saturday

HUNTER'S LIGHT brought up Godolphin's 200th Group 1 win with an an impressive victory in the concluding round of the Al Maktoum Challenge over the same course and distance he could contest the Dubai World Cup next.

The five-year-old, who provided Godolphin with their 199th Group 1 win in Italy in November, is trained by Saeed bin Suroor who used this race as a stepping stone for subsequent World Cup winners Dubai Millennium, Street Cry and Electrocutionist.

He was ridden by Silvestre De Sousa who said: "Hunter's Light was my first Godolphin Group 1 winner in Europe and is now my first here in the UAE so he is a real favourite. I was impressed by the way he travelled and then quickened.

"He must have a big chance in the World Cup itself."

Bin Suroor wasted little time making it 201 with the last gasp victory of Sajjhaa in the concluding Group 1 Jebel Hatta.

Registering her first victory at the highest level, she was given a patient ride by William Buick who said: "I was in a good position early on but we found a few in front of us in the straight so I had to take my time. When the gap appeared she picked up well."

Bin Suroor added: "She has thrived in Dubai and that is three wins from three. We will have to think about the Dubai Duty Free now."

Sajjhaa was completing a four-timer for the trainer after African Story won the Group 3 Burj Nahaar under Mickael Barzalona and Kieren Fallon had partnered Secret Number to lead close home in the Listed Al Bastakiya.

The trainer said: "He did well to win on debut at Kempton after a slow start and he will go to the UAE Derby now as he loves this type of surface."

Jakkalberry won the Group 3 Dubai City Of Gold with Ryan Moore in the saddle for Marco Botti in a 1m4f turf contest run at a dawdle in the early stages. Third in last year's Melbourne Cup, having filled the same berth in the Sheema Classic, Botti is keeping his options open with regards to his target in three weeks time.

He said: "He was due to run last week but was a bit quiet so we waited for this. He will have needed that so it was a bit of a surprise. We could step him up in trip for the Gold Cup or run in the Sheema Classic again."

Godolphin's Masterstroke missed the race after rolling over in the stalls. He and Barzalona walked away.

Shea Shea, a Grade 1 winner in his native South Africa posted a new track record when storming to victory in the Listed 5f Meydan Sprint on turf. Trained by Mike De Kock and having his second local start, Christophe Soumillon's mount always looked like winning and the jockey said: "He is very very fast and hopefully will be hard to beat in the Al Quoz Sprint."

The second sprint, the 6f Group 3 Mahab Al Shimaal, was won equally impressively by the Satish Seemar-trained Reynaldothewizard who stormed clear to win the Tapeta contest under Richard Mullen. He was chased home by Krypton Factor, winner of this race last year before landing the Group 1 Golden Shaheen on World Cup night.

Mullen said: "They went a good gallop which has helped us as he stays further. We will have to look at the big night now."

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