A high quality six race card took place at Meydan, Dubai, UAE on the afternoon of Friday 3rd February 2012, as horses from across the globe competed on Tapeta and Turf.
The showcase race of the day was undoubtedly the UAE 1000 Guineas Sponsored By Gulf News, which was won by the Godolphin owned Gamilati under expressive Italian jockey, Frankie Dettori (video above), but that filly’s five and a half length win was only one among a full day of highlights.
Full results from Meydan from Friday 3rd February 2012 are detailed below.
15:00 – Race 1 – Freehold Trophy
This event saw a field of 14 line up a 1600M (approximately 8 furlongs) handicap race on the all weather (Tapeta) surface.
Sheik Hamdan al Maktoum and trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe combined to produce the first and second horses home, with the winner Maraheb under Royston Ffrench proving a couple of lengths too good for this impressive field.
|1st||Maraheb (GB)||A Al Raihe||Royston Ffrench|
|2rd||2||Alazeyab (USA)||A Al Raihe||Tadhg O’Shea|
|3rd||Hd||Red Gulch (GB)||M Al Zarooni||Lanfranco Dettori|
|4th||0.75||Disa Leader (SAF)||M de Kock||Johnny Geroudis|
|5th||HD||Vagabond Shoes (IRE)||S Chevalier||Olivier Peslier|
|6th||2.25||Banna Boirche (IRE)||M Halford||Ryan Moore|
|7th||1||Reem (AUS)||M de Kock||Christophe Soumillon|
|8th||0.75||Jardim (BRZ)||M de Kock||Kevin Shea|
|9th||0.75||Dandy Boy (ITY)||D Marnane||Colm O’Donoghue|
|10th||1.25||Balducci (GB)||E Oertel||Mirco Demuro|
|11th||2.25||Regal Parade (GB)||D Nicholls||Adrian Nicholls|
|12th||0.5||Zanzamar (SAF)||M de Kock||Richard Hills|
|13th||0.75||Hujaylea (IRE)||M Halford||Shane Foley|
|14th||2.25||Bay Knight (IRE)||JS Moore||James Doyle|
15:35 – Race 2 – Meydan Classic Trial Sponsored By XPRESS
Another field of 14 runners lined up for the 1400M (7 furlongs) second race, a conditions race for 3 year olds only, run on the turf.
The same trainer – Ali Rashid Al Raihe – collected a quick-fire double, this time with Factory Time winning under Silverstre De Sousa.
|1st||Factory Time (IRE)||A Al Raihe||Silvestre De Sousa|
|2rd||1.5||Kenny Powers (GB)||T Dascombe||Kieren Fallon|
|3rd||Ns||Fiscal (GB)||M Al Jahouri||Andrea Atzeni|
|4th||Sh||Right To Dream (IRE)||B Meehan||Lanfranco Dettori|
|5th||SH||Burano (IRE)||B Meehan||Richard Hills|
|6th||0.5||Bible Black (IRE)||G Lyons||Ryan Moore|
|7th||0.5||Energia Dust (BRZ)||F Borges||Valmir De Azeredo|
|8th||3||Need To Know (SAF)||A Al Raihe||Royston Ffrench|
|9th||0.25||Cody Maverick (IRE)||A Al Raihe||James Doyle|
|10th||Sh||Sand Stamp (FR)||S Seemar||Richard Mullen|
|11th||HD||Strait Of Zanzibar (USA)||K Condon||Shane Foley|
|12th||0.25||Old Pal (FR)||N Petersen||William Buick|
|13th||8.5||Ip Man (NZ)||S Burridge||Oscar Chavez|
|14th||Dist||Royal Tigre (USA)||M Ramadan||Mirco Demuro|
16:10 – Race 3 – UAE 1000 Guineas Sponsored By Gulf News
An All-Weather (Tapeta) mile saw a field of six 3 year old fillies battle it out for the UAE 1,000 Guineas.
Godolhpin saddled the first two horses home, Gamilati and Pimpernel with the former looking mighty impressive to take out the victory under Frankie Dettori.
|1st||Gamilati (GB)||M Al Zarooni||Lanfranco Dettori|
|2rd||5.5||Pimpernel (IRE)||M Al Zarooni||Mickael Barzalona|
|3rd||2.25||Alsindi (IRE)||A Al Raihe||Royston Ffrench|
|4th||5.5||Moon Spun (SAF)||H Brown||Ryan Moore|
|5th||1||Colorful Notion (IRE)||M Botti||Mirco Demuro|
|6th||0.25||Mary Fildes (IRE)||JS Moore||James Doyle|
16:45 – Race 4 – Classifieds Trophy
A 1,000M (approximately 5 furlongs) sprint handicap on the turf was next on the card.
Robert Cowell’s Monsieur Joe narrowly beat out David “Dandy” Nicholls’ Inxile in an exciting finish.
|1st||Monsieur Joe (IRE)||R Cowell||William Buick|
|2rd||0.25||Inxile (IRE)||D Nicholls||Adrian Nicholls|
|3rd||0.25||Bohemian Melody (GB)||M Botti||Ryan Moore|
|4th||0.75||Iver Bridge Lad (GB)||J Ryan||Michael O’Connell ( 2.5 kgs)|
|5th||0.25||Nocturnal Affair (SAF)||D Marnane||Colm O’Donoghue|
|6th||1.25||Mar Adentro (FR)||R Chotard||Christophe Soumillon|
|7th||0.75||Green Beret (IRE)||A Al Raihe||Royston Ffrench|
|8th||0.5||Dafeef (GB)||D Watson||Richard Hills|
|9th||1.25||Internationaldebut (IRE)||P Midgley||Kieren Fallon|
|10th||0.5||Invincible Ash (IRE)||M Halford||Shane Foley|
|11th||9.25||Happy Dubai (IRE)||A Al Raihe||Tadhg O’Shea|
|12th||1||Humidor (IRE)||G Baker||Lanfranco Dettori|
|13th||1.25||Winker Watson (GB)||M Channon||Silvestre De Sousa|
|14th||Dist||Rock Jock (IRE)||E Charpy||Ted Durcan|
17:25 – Race 5 – Al Shindagha Sprint Sponsored By Gulf News
Another sprint, this time over 1,200M (approximately 6 furlongs) was next on the card – this time a Group 3 event for 3 year olds upwards.
Another close finish saw the David Barron trained Hitchens come out on top from Kieren Fallon mount, Krypton Factor.
|1st||Hitchens (IRE)||TD Barron||Silvestre De Sousa|
|2rd||Sh||Krypton Factor (GB)||F Nass||Kieren Fallon|
|3rd||1.75||Alo Pura (GB)||D Selvaratnam||William Buick|
|4th||0.75||Captain Obvious (AUS)||S Burridge||Oscar Chavez|
|5th||0.75||Rerouted (USA)||M de Kock||Christophe Soumillon|
|6th||2.25||Seachantach (USA)||S Seemar||Richard Mullen|
|7th||0.25||Jimmy Styles (GB)||C Cox||James Doyle|
|8th||1.75||Angel’s Pursuit (IRE)||D Marnane||Colm O’Donoghue|
|9th||Hd||Sir Reginald (GB)||R Fahey||Paul Hanagan|
|10th||2.5||Dohasa (IRE)||I Mohammed||Antioco Murgia (nil)|
|11th||3||Mujaazef (GB)||A Al Raihe||Richard Hills|
|12th||2||Critical Moment (USA)||F Nass||Ted Durcan|
|13th||3.25||Hajoum (IRE)||A Al Raihe||Royston Ffrench|
18:00 – Race 6 – Tabloid Trophy
The final event of the afternoon was the longest race of the day – a 2,810M (1M6F) Handicap event on the Turf.
Sheik Hamdan bin Mohamed al Maktoum was successful with the Frankie Dettori ridden Fox Hunt winning with a little in hand.
|1st||Fox Hunt (IRE)||M Al Zarooni||Lanfranco Dettori|
|2rd||3.25||Averroes (IRE)||E Oertel||Mirco Demuro|
|3rd||0.5||Manjakani (GB)||I Mohammed||Tadhg O’Shea|
|4th||1||Glen’s Diamond (GB)||R Fahey||Paul Hanagan|
|5th||0.75||Tanfeeth (GB)||M Al Muhairi||Richard Hills|
|6th||1.5||Electrolyser (IRE)||C Cox||James Doyle|
|7th||7.25||Royaaty (IRE)||M bin Shafya||Xavier Ziani|
|8th||1.25||Plantagenet (SPA)||G Arizkorreta||William Buick|
|9th||3.5||Happy Valley (ARG)||M de Kock||Christophe Soumillon|
|10th||0.25||Glen Nevis (USA)||A Al Raihe||Royston Ffrench|
|11th||3||Montaff (GB)||M Channon||Ted Durcan|
|12th||13.5||Nanton (USA)||E Charpy||Ryan Moore|
|13th||14.5||Astral Thunder (ARG)||D Watson||Kieren Fallon|
Videos courtesy Emirates Racing Authority.