GODOLPHIN enjoyed a perfect start to the 2020 Dubai World Cup Carnival as Final Song cruised to a dominant victory in the 1400m UAE 1000 Guineas Trial, the first race of the international extravaganza, at Meydan last Thursday. The 3yo Dark Angel filly, encountering dirt for the first time after twice placing at Group Two level on turf for Saeed bin Suroor in 2019, broke smartly and soon raced in sixth towards the outside of the 15 runners. Final Song accelerated markedly in the straight and ran on strongly between horses to take up the running entering the final 100m before being eased near the line by Christophe Soumillon to score by almost two lengths over Down On Da Bayou.
Saeed bin Suroor said: “Final Song had never faced kickback in the past, so we told the jockey to look after her and give her a bit of daylight in behind. “The filly handled the dirt really well and I think going up to 1600m for the Listed UAE 1000 Guineas will be no problem, it may even suit her better. “Christophe Soumillon gave her a good ride and the way she has won suggests she is going to be a nice filly for the future.” Soumillon added: “It’s never easy with that draw, in 11, for a filly on her first time on dirt. We know that Final Song has some speed, so I tried to work with that but unfortunately two or three horses on the inside tried to keep their position. “I was four wide, so I gave her a little chance on the turn. I didn’t want to turn that wide and she faced some kickback but responded really well.
I took the short cut up the straight and it worked out well. “We beat the best fillies in town today and it’s great for the next step. I am sure that she will handle the extra 200m in the UAE 1000 Guineas without a problem. She finished really strongly today and was, basically, the best filly in the race.” Later on the card, Major Partnership recorded a second turf handicap win at Meydan when decisively taking the newly upgraded Listed Meydan Challenge over 1400m. The 5yo Iffraaj entire, successful over 1600m at the 2019 Dubai World Cup Carnival, was covered up behind the leaders on the inside rail by Pat Cosgrave. Major Partnership stayed on strongly to hit the front with just over 200m to race and was pushed out to beat Zainhom by more than a length.
His trainer Saeed bin Suroor said: “Major Partnership showed plenty of speed and was in a nice position throughout the race. Pat Cosgrave gave him a good ride and was happy with the horse. I talked to him afterwards and he suggested a mile would be better for Major Partnership in the future.” Cosgrave added: “Major Partnership won at the carnival last year, but I think he is a better horse this time around. He is moving better, and I think the team were pretty confident that he would take a bit of beating tonight. “I enjoyed a lovely run down the fence. The leader took me as far as I wanted and thankfully it opened up nicely for me. Major Partnership travelled comfortably tonight over 1400m but, at the same time, going back up to 1600m will be no problem.”