Issue 750

42 ISSUE 750 - THURSDAY 20 JANUARY 2022 MEYDAN REVIEW (FRIDAY) Pevensey Bay Dubai Future Golden Goal Bet Law Sovereign Prince RB Rich Lyke Me A Godolphin double as 2022 carnival kicks off SO THE 2022 Dubai World Cup Carnival is underway and Godolphin celebrated a double. So nothing new there! Can get to that later. The official highlights were the first rounds of the Al Maktoum Challenge, both over 1600m on the Meydan dirt track, pride of place going to the Thoroughbred version, won by Golden Goal, winning on the opening night of the carnival for the second consecutive year. Sam Hitchcott was in the saddle for Doug Watson in the colours of Dale Brennan. The Purebred equivalent which opened the card, over the same 1600m on dirt, the Group 1 Al Maktoum Challenge R1was turned into a rout by RB Rich Lyke Me who was soon in front under Adrie de Vries and probably never saw any of his seven rivals thereafter. He has now won both starts for Fawzi Nass in the colours of Victorious, who own the horse in partnership with the trainer. The turf feature, the Group 2 Cape Verdi for fillies and mares, was also over 1600m and won in breathtaking fashion by Pevensey Bay who absolutely flew home in the final 300m to snatch victory under Olivier Peslier for France where she is trained by Japanese handler Hiroo Shimizu for Mme Julia & Jonathan Aisbitt. For 3yos, the inaugural 1200m Festival City Stakes, a conditions race on the dirt, attracted a field of seven but only one ever really mattered with Bet Law probably never headed under Vagner Leal for trainer Antonio Cintra Pereira and owners Stud Crespi. Over 2410m on the turf, the Listed Dubai Racing Club Classic looked competitive on paper with 15 runners but Godolphin’s Dubai Future proved far too good under Pat Cosgrave for Saeed bin Suroor. Also on turf, the 1400m Jumeirah Classic Trial, another conditions contest for 3yos, provided Godolphin a quick double, this time Charlie Appleby and William Buick combining with Sovereign Prince. The finale, the Dubai Dash, a 1000m turf sprint, was contested by a capacity field of 16 with Shadwell’s Mutaraffa coming out on top under Antonio Fresu for Musabbeh Al Mheiri.