produced the perfect response to Kieren Fallon’s urgings, as the improving
seven year old romped home to victory in Round
Three of the Al Maktoum Challenge at Meydan.
Victorious earlier on in the Carnival in Round 2, the
partnership of Prince Bishop and Fallon
continued to reap monetary rewards on Saturday, with victory on this Super
Saturday card providing the duo with their third successive victory when
Saeed Bin Suroor
and Fallon were in the winning circle earlier on in the card too, after the progressive
Excellent Result provided just that for the Godolphin team, pipping Bin
Suroor’s other runner Songcraft on the wire to win the Dubai City of Gold.
However, despite his dominance at this year’s Carnival, Bin
Suroor may not have expected the dominant, late rattling performance of Shuruq, who dethroned the
highly-fancied South African stalwart Variety Club in the Burj Nahaar.
An impressive winner of Round 1 of the Al Maktoum Challenge
on opening week, Shuruq had proved somewhat disappointing on her subsequent
outing back on the turf, but a return to the tapeta surface, and indeed back
down to the mile distance, saw the four year old daughter of Elusive Quality
back to her very best.
Whilst Saeed Bin Suroor’s string were in fine fettle, Mike
De Kock was in no mood to exit Super Saturday without a winner, ensuring that
his turf star Vercingetorix remained
unbeaten with yet another narrow victory in the Jebel Hatta – a traditional
trial for the Dubai Duty Free on World Cup night.
Provided with a golden highway as his stable mate Anaerobio
edged off of the rail entering the stretch, Vercingetorix stretched his
unbeaten record to six in the Group 1 contest and will have his sights firmly
set on further glory over course and distance at the end of the month.
2013 Al Quoz Sprinter victor Shea Shea was also in action at Meydan on Saturday, locking horns
once more with his old foe Sole Power. However, despite the concerns over how
fit and ready Shea Shea would be for this World Cup night trial, the South
African bred star was much the best as he dug deep to repel the race-fit Ahtoug
in the Meydan Sprint.
As two De Kock runners embedded their superiority over their
rivals, Soft Falling Rain struggled
to land a blow in the Mahab Al Shimaal, producing a lacklustre effort from a
wide draw and eventually fading to finish ninth behind the perfectly primed
Hong Kong raider, Rich Tapestry.
Reynaldothewizard produced a stunning effort back in second,
whilst Saeed bin Suroor’s string were shown to be in fantastic form yet again
as Complicate finished a creditable third.