By Duane Fonseca
Godolphin picked a fifth straight Group 2 Cape Verdi at Meydan Thursday after Charlie Appleby’s Magic Lily bloomed just in time for a narrow victory under James Doyle.
The 1600 turf contest saw the 5yo New Approach mare winning battle with Nisreen on the line as she took over to win by a shorthead with virtually the final stride. It was a terrific performance from Hiroo Shimizu’s Pierre-Charles Boudot ridden second placed Nisreen, who was a two and a half lengths ahead of Appleby’s other runner in the race, Beyond Reason, the ride of William Buick.
It was one of two successes for Doyle on the night after the British rider won the opening event on the six race Dubai World Cup Carnival card. It was a 1200m turf sprint affair and Doyle won in style aboard Simon Crisford’s RoulstonScar, who led 400m out and went on to win by a length and a quarter from Jamie Osborne’s Dream Today with Tadhg O’Shea aboard. A further neck behind in third was Saeed bin Suroor’s Moment Of Silence, the ride of Pat Cosgrave.
Satish Seemar and Doug Watson were once again present among the winners, the latter going to the top of the Carnival trainers’ standings with a fifth success, which also turned out to be his 600th UAE winner.
Seemar won a 1200m dirt handicap with Mullen capitalising on a good draw to bring Bochart home five and a quarter lengths clear of Ed Walker’s Desert Doctor, with Seemar’s other runner Behavioral Bias taking third a further three fourths of a length in arrears.
Trainer Mick Channon and Ben Curtis combined to land the Zabeel Turf, a listed handicap over 2000m, with Certain Lad, who went forward with 200m left and held on well to win by three fourths of a length from Michael Halford’s Simsir, with O’Shea in the saddle. Saeed bin Suroor’s Desert Fire was back in third by a similar margin.
Watson’s made it 600 UAE wins when clinching the penultimate race of the night, a 1600m dirt handicap with MidnightSands. It was the 4yo Speightstown colt’s fourth straight success and achieved after a lot of hard work by Pat Dobbs in the saddle. The Irish rider pushed hard after the field straightened for the finish, turning the contest into a two horse match race that saw Midnight Sands take over from Jane Chapple-Hyam’s John Egan ridden Ambassadorial in the final strides to win by a short head. In third place, a further five and a half lengths back, was Seemar’s George Villiers with O’Shea in the saddle.
David O’Meara and jockey Daniel Tudhope were the last trainer-rider pair to win on the night after Suedois’ gutsy performance in the concluding 1600m turf handicap, which the 9yo Le Havre gelding won by a nose after a photofinish from Epic Hero, trained by Crisford and ridden by William Buick. Ahmad bin Harmash’s Above N Beyond took third a further three fourths adrift under Connor Beasley.