Race 7 – $250,000 Zabeel Mile (G2), 1,600 meters, Turf
Despite trainer Mike De Kock not believing #10 IMBONGI would get over the ground this week, he powered home to win over #8 KALAHARI GOLD in a photo with #9 SUMMIT SURGE third. De Kock indicated the next step for the South African-bred could be either the Dubai Duty Free (G1) or the Godolphin Mile (G2).
Race 6 – $175,000 Meydan Conditions, 1,200 meters, Turf
#9 JUDD STREET, a winner on opening night of the 2009 Carnival nipped #11 STAR CROWNED by the slimmest of margins in the first race over the 1,200 meters straight turf course. Star Crowned, a winner last week at the meet, was making his sixth start of the Carnival for trainer Rashed Bouresly. Sadly, #12 OASIS STAR, who finished a long last, went down after the finish and was vanned off.
Race 5 – $150,000 Imax Meydan Masters Leg 4, 2,000 meters, Tapeta
#9 KAL BARG may have won the fifth race of the night for Christophe Lemaire, but another great run from #10 MONTE ALTO puts Richard Hills in the trophy spot for the first Meydan Masters. Ambassador Mick Kinane was in on the presentation.
Race 4 – $120,000 The Meydan City Corporation – Meydan Masters Leg 3, 2,200 meters, Tapeta
#5 ONCE MORE DUBAI, under Kent Desormeaux, rallied from well off a hot pace and landed a win in the third leg of the jockey challenge. Off a nice fifth over the turf, he shortened up for this run and drew clear in the end. Richard Hills maintains a slight lead over both Desormeaux and Aaron Gryder. The way the scoring system was devised for Meydan Masters, it is almost impossible to win the contest without an individual race win, so those three riders hold the best chances going into the last race.
Race 3 – $150,000 Meydan Classic, 1,600 meters, Turf
Race 2 – $120,000 The Meydan Museum – Meydan Masters Leg 2, 1,400 meters, Tapeta
#2 SIROCCO BREEZE flashed home from the back to win the second leg of the Meydan Masters challenge, propelling Richard Hills into second place. Aaron Gryder, with a third on #1 CONSUL GENERAL, retains the lead with 100 points. #12 SWOP continued his appearances near the finish with a good second.
Race 1 – $120,000 The Meydan Hotel – Meydan Masters Leg 1, 1,200 meters, Tapeta
#6 ALAZEYAB stayed on for a solid form-franking win in the first round of the Meydan Masters, giving Aaron Gryder an improbable double winning with his last two mounts in the Emirates, having last won on Well Armed in the Dubai World Cup (G1). The win gives Aaron Gryder 75 points after the first leg of the Meydan Masters with Olivier Peslier and Christophe Lemaire behind with 25 and 15 points, respectively.