Mike de Kock: trainer sends out fifth winner of UAE 2,000 GuineasPICTURE: Edward Whitaker
Rain storms home for easy Guineas win
Report: UAE, Thursday
SOFT FALLING RAIN supplied trainer Mike De Kock with a fifth win in the 1m Group 3 UAE 2,000 Guineas leading two furlongs out under Paul Hanagan for his main employer HH Sheikh Hamdan who was present to witness the victory as was his brother Sheikh Mohammed.
Champion Juvenile in South Africa last year, the winner has now won all six career starts but future plans remain fluid according to De Kock who said: "Stamina was a concern but he has stayed well off a decent early pace and recorded a decent time. I will have to talk to the owner as to whether we step up again but this could be his optimum."
The owner added: "We will consider the UAE Derby but we may stick to this trip. He is a horse we are keen to take to England with Royal Ascot perhaps in mind."
Just as they did with Lovely Pass in the UAE 1,000 Guineas last week, Ahmed Ajtebi and Mahmood Al Zarooni combined to win a 1m Tapeta feature, this time with Moonwalk In Paris in the Group 3 Firebreak Stakes. The pair had to weave through rivals inside the final two furlongs before daring up a gap on the rail late on.
Ajtebi said: "That is his first start for us and he has shown plenty of courage to go through the gaps when I have asked him. He will improve with that run under his belt and it has been a good couple of weeks.
The trainer then completed a quick big race double with Mental defying a Group 1 penalty to land the spoils in the Group 3 Al Shindagha Sprint, a 6f dash. Making his local debut and first start for the yard, he was settled well off a frantic early gallop before powering down the outside to win cosily.
Winning jockey Mickael Barzalona said: "He had been working nicely and proved in Australia he is a very good sprinter but he just needed to prove himself on this surface. He has handled it well and, sure to improve for that run, he has done very well under that penalty."
Anatolian then complete a treble for the trainer and double for the jockey with a smooth success in the concluding 1m4f turf handicap.
Earlier fellow Godolphin trainer Saeed Bin Suroor saddled a 1-2-3 in the opening 1m3f Tapeta handicap with jockey Silvestre De Sousa aboard winner Kassiano who was chased home by Royal Empire with Modun third.
David Simcock registered his second 2013 Carnival winner with the easy success of Trade Storm in a 1m1f turf handicap. Slowly away under Jamie Spencer, he trailed the whole field until producing a devastating turn of foot to lead inside the final furlong and win on the bridle.
Spencer said: "We were bumped at the start which was why we were that far back but he travelled really strongly and it was just a case of finding a clear path in the straight so I switched wide and he picked up very well."