Author: Stephen Molyneux

T WOULD SAY A low key start to the carnival last Friday, lit up principally by the victory of Golden Goal who certainly deserved his moment in the sun. He possibly caught one or two cold with both Secret Ambition and Salute The Solider likely to have needed the run, plus he had the rail, so this may have been his cup final, but he is proving very consistent at this level and I wouldn’t be against him next time for sure.

Kafoo was probably the one to take from the race and he is likely to head for round two next where the step up in trip looks sure to suit. He would be an entry into the notebook but for the fact he is likely to bump into Al Nefud there and he has now had two hard races in quick succession, so it will probably take some performance for him to continue progressing in that.

The Group 2 Cape Verdi was much of a muchness, as it so often is, the Godolphin fillies looking nothing special this year unless there is something in reserve for the Balanchine. Very little covered the first eight home which does at least open up the possibility of a different result in that race which is over a furlong further.

The winner, Pevensey Bay, should be suited by it but the filly who will relish it is Pessemona and she was the unlucky mare in the race having not had much room to open up fully. This was her first start for Pia Brandt, Brandt having won the Balanchine before with L’Amour De Ma Vie, and with many of her races having come over further for previous connections, this should tee her up nicely for that assignment.

RB Rich Lyke Me looks a star of the Purebred Arabian division and it appears there is very little locally that can beat him after another romp in the first round of the Maktoum Challenge for Arabians. The lure of Saudi may mean we don’t see him again in Dubai until the Kahayla Classic.

Bet Law is another that looks to have a division at his mercy, this time the dirt sprints for 3yos. There are enough races for him at 1200m/1400m, so he doesn’t need to step up in trip, and his victory in the Festival City Stakes suggests he will be the class act in an uncompetitive division.

There isn’t much I would take from the Dubai Racing Club Classic, Dubai Future enhancing his good record at Meydan with a comfortable victory that rather highlighted the limitations of his opposition. You imagine he will have a similar campaign to last year and remain competitive.

Sed Maarib was the unlucky loser in the Jumeirah Classic Trial and I would take him to exact revenge on Sovereign Prince should the pair meet again. He found the line coming just too soon behind one who enjoyed first run and I think Fawzi Nass could have a nice turf horse on his hands so he goes in the notebook.

As too does Motafaawit who ran a lovely first race of the season over a trip that he may just find on the sharp side, in top company at least. As was the case in the Al Quoz when last seen, he found himself too far out of his ground but fairly flew home and he will be a big danger over 1200m next time.

Over at Jebel Ali and Sadaaty looked a nice prospect in winning first time out and he is one to follow. He knew his job with the blinkers on but was by no means hard pushed to see off Rawy and he could be an interesting one for the UAE 2000 Guineas.

Elsewhere on the card, Attribution and Yurman are probably two to be against next time. Attribution sprung to life out of nowhere to win by six lengths but may struggle up 10 lb for that and Yurman didn’t look straightforward in belatedly getting off the mark.