Sajjhaa (left): capped a good evening for Godolphin with Group 2 winPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Godolphin continue fine form with Meydan treble
Report: UAE, Thursday
GODOLPHIN trainer Saeed Bin Suroor and jockey Silvestre De Sousa continued their fine start to the 2013 Carnival with a double at the third meeting, highlighted by the smooth success of Sajjhaa in the featured Group 2 Cape Verdi Stakes.
The six-year-old led over a furlong out in the 1m feature and ran on strongly to deny the Mike De Kock-trained Amanee with last year’s winner, First City, in third.
Christophe Soumillon, on the runner-up, asked to view the replay after an incident early in the straight but the stewards saw nothing wrong and the result was soon confirmed.
Bin Suroor said: “She has enjoyed the Dubai weather and had been working well so we knew she would be hard to beat. She will step up a furlong for the Balanchine Stakes [February 21] and should go well again with the horses in good form.”
Earlier they combined with Masteroftherolls, third in the 1m turf handicap on this card last year, who went two places better in the 1m1f turf handicap. He was chased home by the Brian Meehan-trained Burano who was closing under Kieren Fallon but De Sousa was always confident and said: “I could hear them coming at me but knew I had plenty of horse left.”
Godolphin completed a treble with Mandaean the smooth winner of the concluding 1m turf handicap with Mickael Barzalona aboard for Mahmood Al Zarooni.
» It was also a great evening for trainer Satish Seemar and his stable jockey Richard Mullen who registered a double. Bay Willow and Mullen made virtually all in the opening 1m3f Tapeta handicap when chased home by stable companion Layali Al Andalus under apprentice Marc Monaghan to give the yard a memorable 1-2.
Mullen said: “We made all over much further last time so when nobody wanted to go on I was more than happy to. I was happy to commit turning for home because stamina was never an issue and he ran all the way to the line.”
The jockey’s evening was to get better with Reynaldothewizard leading in the dying strides to catch long-time leader Ganas who was then denied second by Irish raider Balmont Mast in a 6f Tapeta conditions race. First-time blinkers appeared to do the trick and Mullen explained: “We just put them on to sharpen him up as he did not really fire on his seasonal return but we knew the trip and especially the surface suit him.”
» Christophe Soumillon, out of luck in the big race, opened his 2013 Carnival account with a smooth success in the 1m2f Tapeta handicap on Elderly paradise to provide Macau with a winner. Winner of the 2012 Macau Derby, he supplied trainer Alan Tam with a third Dubai winner after Change The Grange won twice in 2005.
Soumillon said: “He ran well here first time and we were hopeful. Everything went to plan and he did it nicely.”