Issue 750

4 ISSUE 750 - THURSDAY 20 JANUARY 2022 &ARNIVAL REGULAR Dubai Future further enhanced his excellent record at Meydan with a comprehensive victory over fellow Godolphin runner Star Safari in the 2400m Listed Dubai Racing Club Classic on week one of the Dubai World Cup Carnival last Friday. The Saeed bin Suroor-trained 6yo homebred gelded son of Dubawi had chased home another Godolphin horse, Walton Street, in the same race in 2021 before going on to capture the Listed Meydan Cup, finish second in the Group 2 Dubai City of Gold and finish fifth in the Group 1 Dubai Sheema Classic. After racing in midfield for much of the contest, Dubai Future showed superb acceleration in the straight, quickening between horses to hit the front over 200m from home. Dubai Future soon streaked clear for Pat Cosgrave, coming home more than five lengths ahead of Star Safari. Saeed bin Suroor said: “Dubai Future won nicely and we will look for a Group race for him now. I think this distance of a mile and a half is best, although he could go a mile and six furlongs as well. He needs a break between races and always runs well fresh, so we will see how he comes out of this and look at running him back in Group company.” Pat Cosgrave added: “I rode Dubai Future a couple of starts ago at Kempton, when he was very keen, and I learned from that day. I left him alone in the gates today and he relaxed better. I was looking for room turning in and, when I found it, he took off. He was very impressive. “I think he really likes this track. There is a little bit of give underfoot and the style of racing suits him. He has won off 108 today and there is nowhere else for him apart from going into better races again. The way he won today, I think he is ready to step into the top level.” Dubai guarantees his carnival Future NEWS THE EXCITING Sovereign Prince laid down an early marker for the new 3yo turf programme at this year’s Dubai World Cup Carnival with a resolute display in the 1400m Jumeirah Classic Trial at Meydan last Friday. The gelded homebred son of Dubawi, who rounded off his juvenile campaign in the UK with a nursery handicap success on Epsom Downs, soon disputed second on the inside of Razeen Dubai as Hotline Bling led the eight runners. Sovereign Prince travelled strongly turning in and quickened up the inner rail under William Buick to take up the running 300m out. The Charlie Appleby-trained runner opened up a clear lead with 100m left and had enough in reserve to see off the late rally of Sed Maarib and score by half a length. Charlie Appleby said: “Sovereign Prince was a consistent little horse during his 2yo season. He doesn’t quite have the profile of some of the 3yos we have brought out in previous years but we knew he was fit and the race worked out perfectly. “They went a good gallop and William had him in the box seat. The way the leader peeled off and allowed William to get up the inside was probably a race-winning move and he is a game horse. It’s a great series to have for the 3yos and this has opened up a few doors.” William Buick added: “It was a perfect race for Sovereign Prince and the conditions were in his favour. He is very game and honest, so you can’t ask for much more.” Sovereign Prince Classic Trial King