By Duane Fonseca
Godolphin handler Saeed bin Suroor enjoyed a fine run Thursday night at Meydan as he signed off with a hat-trick that included an 11th UAE 1000 Guineas title courtesy of Dubai Love.
The first of the feature events on the six race card was the UAE 1000 Guineas and Godolphin’s Emirati handler flexed his muscle adequately with the 3yo Night Of Thunder filly running well in the hands of Pat Cosgrave.
It was Cosgrave’s second win since 2018, when he triumphed aboard Winter Lightning, who was also trained by Bin Suroor.
Cosgrave and Dubai Love encountered traffic early on, but stayed hot on the heels of the leaders and with a chink opening in the home straight the pair rode wide and forward strongly to take over from stablemate and favourite Final Song, who faded in the hands of Christophe Soumillon 200m from home to finish third. Down On Da Bayou took second under Mickael Barzalona for trainer Salem bin Ghadayer, three and a quarter lengths behind Dubai Love, but two clear of Final Song.
The other highlight of the night was the Group 2 Al Fahidi Fort over 1400m of turf and brought James Doyle a second success of the night after the rider’s earlier win aboard Charles Hills trained sprinter Equilateral in the Listed Dubai Dash over 1000m.
Riding Glorious Journey in the Group 2 Al Fahidi Fort, Doyle turned on the heat 300m from the finish and the 5yo Dubawi gelding flew clear to lead home a 1-2-3 for trainer Charlie Appleby, for whom Mythical Magic and Mubtasim placed second and third respectively.
Riding in the Dubai Dash, Doyle and Equilateral turned up two lengths clear of Doug Watson’s Waady, whose Shadwell bannermate Rusumaat, the charge of Musabbeh Al Mheiri, was a further two and a quarter lengths behind in third.
Gelded in November, Equilateral, a 5yo son of Equiano, was raced comfortably by Doyle, who calmly took him to the front 200m out from where he ran on a comfortably to bring Hills a first ever success in Dubai.
Bin Suroor and Harry Bentley struck in the card-opening 2410m handicap with Dubai Future turning up three fourths of a length clear of Michael Halford’s Tadhg O’Shea ridden Massif Central, with Zamaam running to a fine third, a length behind under Fabrice Veron for local trainer Erwan Charpy.
Bin Suroor’s third success was achieved with Laser Show, who stunned the rest of his rivals in the 1900m handicap on dirt to win by four and a half lengths despite being eased off at the end by Kevin Stott.
A 3yo son of New Approach, Laser Show skipped clear 600m from home and opened a massive lead going into the straight, with Stott taking his foot off the pedal towards the end allowing second placed Musabbeh Al Mheiri trainee Dark Of Knight with Antonio Fresu aboard to reduce the deficit. In third, a length and a half behind was Zabardast, the charge of Bin Ghadayer, who was ridden by Barzalona.
The card ending 2000m handicap on dirt was won by Satish Seemar’s Tadhg O’Shea ridden George Villiers who held on from a fast finishing Montsarrat, with Great King taking third. Seemar had won the corresponding race last year with Saltarin Dubai.