The big race of the evening at Meydan on January 12th 2012 was the Group 3 (thoroughbred) Al Maktoum Challenge R1 Sponsored By Etisalat, the sixth race on the card, which was run over 1600M (approximately 1 mile) on the All Weather surface.
The horses were competing for a share of USD $200,000 in prize money, of which the winner received $120,000.
As ever, in big races at Meydan, Mike de Kock showed himself to be a specialist at producing not one, but two horses for a Group race at the UAE track: de Kock saddled the first two horses home in this black type event, as Musir won with a little in hand under Christophe Soumillon, followed by stablemate Master Of Hounds under Kevin Shea.
Kieren Fallon got Secrecy into third, half a length up on Mendip who was fourth under Frankie Dettori: a pair both trained by Saeed bin Suroor.
Meydan Result: January 12 2012, Race 6, 21:35, Al Maktoum Challenge R1 Sponsored By Etisalat
|1st||Musir (AUS)||M de Kock||Christophe Soumillon|
|2rd||3||Master Of Hounds (USA)||M de Kock||Kevin Shea|
|3rd||1||Secrecy (GB)||S bin Suroor||Kieren Fallon|
|4th||0.5||Mendip (USA)||S bin Suroor||Lanfranco Dettori|
|5th||0.75||Derbaas (USA)||A Al Raihe||Richard Hills|
|6th||Sh||Dance And Dance (IRE)||E Vaughan||Jamie Spencer|
|7th||1.5||Kavango (IRE)||M bin Shafya||Patrick Cosgrave|
|8th||0.25||Escape Route (USA)||S Seemar||Richard Mullen|
|9th||1||Le Drakkar (AUS)||A bin Huzaim||Ahmad Ajtebi|
|10th||1.5||Fanunalter (GB)||M Botti||Ryan Moore|
|11th||0.75||Snaafy (USA)||M Al Muhairi||Tadhg O’Shea|
|12th||15.5||Xin Xu Lin (BRZ)||M Al Zarooni||Mickael Barzalona|
Video courtesy Emirates Racing Authority.