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Vale of York Fifth in Dubai

Vale of York Fifth in Dubai
Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Vale of York made a disappointing 3-year-old debut March 4 in Dubai, as he was rank in the early part of the 1 3/16-mile Al Bastakiya Stakes and then flattened out in the stretch to finish fifth as the favorite in a field of 14.                                                                                                          
                                           
It was not all bad news for Godolphin however, as their other entry, Mendip, drew away impressively under Frankie Dettori to post an easy 6 1/4-length victory on the Tapeta surface at Meydan Racecourse. Both colts are trained by Saeed bin Suroor.

Vale of York, who was starting for the first time since defeating Lookin At Lucky by a nose in the Nov. 7 BC Juvenile at Santa Anita, broke from post 8 and almost immediately began fighting with jockey Ahmed Ajtebi while throwing his head restlessly. The son of Invincible Spirit had a wide trip while racing in sixth position early on and gradually gained ground on the leaders, which included Della Barba, Mendip, and Enak.

Vale of York put himself in winning position as they straightened away, but was unable to make up ground on the leaders during the sprint to the wire. Della Barba finished second, followed by Enak.
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I don't think they believe Mendip is a major contender...time will tell, and so will the UAE Derby.
Great points on Mendip, RaceNight. Are they even thinking about Derby for Mendip?
Mendip's run was, in my opinion, a real illusion. He ran 1 3/16 miles in 1:59.42 - strangled back the speed, the top two under the wire the first time were the top two past it at the finish...Super Thursday at Meydan was the fastest the racecourse has been all meet, and they ran the third slowest 1,900 meters in the Al Bastakiya. I think laying down the law on Mendip needs to be withheld until a more truly run race.
Godolphin Stables has to pleased with the outcome of the Al Bastakiya, but not because of Vale of York's performance, but because of his stablemate Mendip's performance. Vale of York raced in the primary set of colors for Godolphin, why Mendip raced in their second set of colors. But Frankie Dettori, who usually get's first choice of which Godolphin horse he want's to ride must have known something, because Dettori chose to ride Mendip. Mendip broke his maiden in September on the all-weather track at Kempton, drawing away easily to win. He next raced in February at Meydan in the 4-Men Conditions race, once again drawing away easily to win. Then on March 4th, in his third lifetime start at Meydan in the Al Bastakiya, dusted the field over in Dubai with relative ease. Making the Godolphin colt now 3 for 3 lifetime, all over all-weather surfaces He's scheduled next to try the turf on May 1st in the stanjames.com 2000 Guineas at Newmarket.
Vale of York really needed the race - the connections weren't shy about that. So it's hard to read too much into this race for Vale of York.
Hmmm... so Vale of York flops. He beat Lookin at Lucky, who granted, had a wide trip, but with a better trip might have won by a length or two? Lookin at Lucky has yet to return, fever etc. The point? The BC Juvenile is coming back somewhat weak I would say.

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