February 7, 2013, Meydan, Dubai~ Silvestre De Sousa remains unbeaten on Godolphin’s Hunter’s Light after the pair won the featured Group 2 Al Maktoum Challenge Round II in the 1900m all-weather feature at the fifth meeting of the 2013 Dubai World Cup Carnival.
There was a track record in the Group 1 Purebred Arabian race over 2200m, with Ted Durcan guiding Albar Lotois (Akbar x Allia Lotoise (FR) by Tidjani) to lead over Versac by a neck close to home and go one place better than he did last year for trainer Eric Lemartinel. Winning time: 02:30:93.
Durcan said: “He is a genuine horse who always goes well in this grade. His previous run was good over 1600m but he is better over these longer trips.”
Last year Godolphin handler Mahmoud Al Zarooni won the UAE 1,000 Guineas with Gamilati and Lovel Pass emulated her stable companion this year, leading 100m out under Ahmed Ajtebi to lead home a Godolphin-owned 1-2-3. Saeed bin Suroor also trained the fourth, Mar Mar, who sported the colours of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum.
Ajtebi said: “She is a talented filly undoubtedly but has her own ideas at times. When she won on her debut she turned left as the stalls opened and did amazingly well to win. I won on her at Ascot so have now won both races in which I have ridden her.
“We will have to discuss plans but the UAE Oaks might be an option.”
It has been a great few days for young jockey Harry Bentley who won his first Group 1 on Purebred Arabian Naseem on Sunday and doubled his 2013 Carnival tally with the smooth success of the David Simcock-trained Ottoman Empire in a 2000m handicap on the all-weather. In doing so he supplied the UK with their second 2013 Carnival success to the delight of his young jockey.
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Photo Credits Dubai Racing Club // Andrew Watkins