Musir (pictured below, courtesy EERC/Cedric Lane – buy this and more pictures via UAEracingpictures @ gmail.com) stamped himself a major player in the Dubai Duty Free with a solid score over City Style in a dawdling Al Rashidiya (G2).
Well, the Steven Burridge show continued when Dark Matter (below, left) scored his second win of the Carnival as many tries, taking a 1,400 metres turf event, defeating the highly regarded Albaasil and earlier Carnival winner Time Prisoner.
The team has indicated that Dark Matter will now be aimed at the UAE 2,000 Guineas over a mile as the campaign lumbers on, but this win, against multiple older winners, was very impressive, even in light of its narrow margin.
Godolphin’s Sarrsar and stablemate Capponi (below, right) dueled in an epic finish, where the former forged to the front and idled ever-so-slightly, allowing Capponi to surge back when the result seemed determined. The win was the a reversal from the first race of the 2012 Carnival when Sarrsar went by, taking full advantage of a weight break. On the level, these two did the handicapper proud. Before the race, in an interview with Dubai Racing Channel, trainer Saeed bin Suroor indicated his hopes to get Sarrsar into stakes company soon enough.
TRAKUS AND DEKOCK WINNERS
It’s worth revisiting a nugget of data from last week’s racing at Meydan. Courtesy of the Trakus timings, Mike de Kock trainee Mutahadee absolutely bolted home when winning a race over 1,800 metres on grass. His individual sectional timings for the race are as follows:
400m – 27.73
800m – 52.35 (24.62)
1200m – 1:16.97 (24.62)
1600m – 1:39.45 (22.48)
1800m – 1:49.99 (10.54)
Yes, that’s right, Mutahadee finished his final 200-metre segment in a lightning 10.54 seconds when winning over stablemate Viscount Nelson, who came home in 10.67 seconds. Both are absolutely stellar performances, especially if you considered them in light of the final sectionals for this week’s Al Rashidiya (G2). Musir’s final 200-metre split went in 11.43 seconds over the same going but with a significantly slower pace at the 1,800 metres distance.
TREBLE JIG ON THE CLIMB
Both literally and figuratively, Treble Jig (pictured below) continues the climb up the rankings after three incredibly impressive wins in the UAE this season. The son of Gone West landed his second consecutive stakes race of the campaign after taking Friday’s Jebel Ali Mile (Listed). Under Wayne Smith again, he raced with prominence and held sway coming up the hill at Jebel Ali, where he had scored a rousing 10-length tally in the Jebel Ali Stakes (Listed) two weeks ago. The plan is to find more races over ground at Meydan, with an aim for Dubai World Cup night. Read more about Treble Jig from Gulf News.
Kilt Rock’s streak of wins ended at four when he may have hit the lead too soon and lifted, allowing the late running Kanaf, ironically ridden by Tadhg O’Shea, to come and catch him. The final time for the race was, by far, the fastest 1,200 metres of the season at Jebel Ali, and should set both horses up well for the Jebel Ali Sprint (Listed) later in the season.