Race 8 – $110,000 Ford Mustang Trophy – 1,900 meters, Tapeta
Race 7 – $175,000 Range Rover Trophy – 1,600 meters, turf
#2 SNAFFY came back off his unplaced Dubai World Cup (G1) effort and gave his connections a real task to ponder: Dubai Duty Free or Dubai World Cup? After being the only horse to win three races at the Carnival in 2009, Snaffy managed a strong effort in his return to the green while longshot #11 YASOODD gave trainer Dhruba Selvaratnam a nice placing. Yasoodd was 80-1 in the international tote.
Race 6 – $200,000 Cape Verdi sponsored by Al Tayer Motors (G3) – 1,600 meters, turf
#4 SONEVA gave Marco Botti his first win in Dubai with a grand run from this daughter of Cherokee Run. Christophe Soumillon earned his first win for someone other than Mike De Kock.
#2 ASPECTOFLOVE came flying at Sonvea nearing the wire and could be better over more ground.
Race 5 – $150,000 Jaguar XJ Trophy – 1,400 meters, Tapeta
Doug Watson does it again with #8 BARBECUE EDDIE, giving the Red Stables a double for their first Meydan wins of the season. This sprinter showed his best some time back but that success on all-weather in American seems to have paid dividends. #1 IMBONGI ran one of his better races in Dubai in his first start since being gelded.
“Sheikh Hamdan bought him out of America and he didn’t acclimate well. He didn’t handle Jebel Ali well, and the synthetic really helped him today. I don’t train on this track, so it is hard to tell. We’ve had some really poor runs with horses we expected to run well. Hopefully a few of ours will run better second time out.”
Watson, hoping to ride the hot hand, starts #7 ECHOES ROCK in the seventh race of the night.
Race 4 – $110,000 Land Rover Trophy – 1,200 meters, Tapeta
#3 FORCE FREEZE was a popular winner for American trainer Doug Watson, based in the Emirates for years, and a former assistant to Kiaran McLaughlin. Watson, a top trainer on the local circuit, always manages a few Carnival wins and his bright smile lit up the winner’s circle. #2 ASSET ran on well for Godolphin and might need more ground while #7 STAR CROWNED made most of the running and improved off a fading effort from last week.
Race 3 – $120,000 Ford Edge Trophy – 2,100 meters, Tapeta
Race 2 – $150,000 Al Tayer Motors Trophy – 2,000 meters, Tapeta
#3 ALLYBAR had a tactical advantage of the slow starting #1 PRESVIS and upset the heavy favorite, ruining many of the pick seven tickets at Meydan. After the race, Luca Cumani told Dubai Racing Channel’s Fanny Salmon that he learned very little from the race. “It was a non-event. Credit to Ahmed Ajtebi. They went slow, almost a furlong slower than they should have, and I learned nothing.” Cumani mentioned they are likely to return on Super Thursday, but whether or not Presvis will go in the Dubai Duty Free (G1) prep, the Jebel Hatta (G2), or the third round of Maktoum Challenge (G2) is still up for debate.
Race 1 – $110,000 Jaguar XF Trophy – 1,200 meters, Tapeta
#11 SO SHINY reconfirmed her form from the 2009 Carnival, winning first up at a huge price while heavily backed Indian sensation #5 OASIS STAR closed late for second in her first start over the Tapeta, and in fact, racing off a grass surface.
I’m told it rained a lot this morning in Abu Dhabi, and a little bit in Dubai. I haven’t witnessed anything other than threatening skies and a really sandy/windy day. Weather.com is currently reporting rain all night, so we’ll see!