A GODOLPHIN double on last Thursday’s opening night of the Dubai World Cup Carnival was highlighted by the victory of Dream Castle in the 1800m turf feature, the Group 3 Singspiel Stakes in which Godolphin runners occupied the first five positions. Trained by Saeed bin Suroor and partnered by Christophe Soumillon, the 5yo raced in midfield on the outside as the 16 runners were taken along by Deauville with Godolphin duo Racing History and Bay Of Poets in close pursuit. Racing History went to the front entering the straight before Dream Castle was delivered down the outside to take up the running just inside the final furlong.
The winner ran on strongly to score by a length and a half from Racing History, with Salsabeel staying on late from off the pace to take third, a further head behind. Team Talk, who was slowly away, made late progress to finish fourth with Bay Of Poets, whose saddle appeared to slip in the closing stages, fifth. The winning time on good ground was 1m 49.40s for Dream Castle who had not run since the 2018 Dubai World Cup Carnival. Saeed bin Suroor commented: “Dream Castle ran a big race to win tonight over a different trip, having raced previously at a mile or 7f. “He won really well over this 1800m and next time we will step him up to a Group Two race and then aim him for the Group 1 Dubai Turf on Dubai World Cup night.”
Christophe Soumillon added: “I talked a lot before the race with Pat Cosgrave, who knows Dream Castle better than any other jockey, and he said that the horse had changed a lot this year and was much more settled in his track work in the mornings. I could feel the difference going down to the start. “He was a bit stressed inside the gates and I was happy that everybody loaded quite quickly because Dream Castle was close to jumping. “When the gates opened, he settled down very easily and I enjoyed the perfect race just behind the lead. I came out a bit wide and we didn’t go fast, so I had to ask him to quicken, but he gave me a good effort. “Racing History came quite quick, but Dream Castle showed me a good turn of foot at the end which made the difference. “
The big race for him will probably be the Group 1 Dubai Turf over this distance, but I am sure that he can run between 7-9f without a problem. “It just depends on the pace; we didn’t go very fast today and Dream Castle’s strong turn of foot helped. I am sure he will be much better with one or two more races under his belt.” Bin Suroor and Soumillon were celebrating a double on the night, having earlier taken the 2410m turf handicap with Bin Battuta who quickened strongly to beat Charlie Appleby’s Ispolini. The 5yo, off the course since finishing second in a 2800m heritage handicap at York in August 2017, settled in third on the inside as the third Godolphin runner and his stablemate, Big Country, set a steady pace at the head of the nine runners.
Ispolini, who raced in fourth towards the outside, cruised up to challenge with a furlong and a half remaining when Bin Battuta appeared between horses at the same time, quickly leading and soon opened up daylight over his rivals to score under a hands and heels ride by a length and a half eased down from Ispolini. Bin Suroor commented: “We gave Bin Battuta a long break after his last run and he looks much better physically now; he is a different horse in the mornings compared to previously. “The pace wasn’t too quick, but Bin Battuta was always in a nice position tonight and finished his race well. “I think 1m6f or further might suit him better in the future. We will probably run him in another 1m4f handicap and then look at Group races for him. “We hope he could be a horse for the Group 2 Dubai Gold Cup on Dubai World Cup Night.”