His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai attended the Dubal-sponsored eighth race meeting of the Dubai World Cup Carnival 2012 at Meydan Racecource in Dubai.
The event also included Al Maktoum Challenge (round II) for the Purebred Arabians and UAE 2000 Guineas.
The event was also attended by Head of the Dubai Land Department Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum and son Sheikh Ahmed, Sheikh Jumaa bin Dalmouk Al Maktoum, a number of officials and huge crowd of horse racing enthusiasts.
Racing opened with the Group 1 Purebred Arabian version of the Al Maktoum Challenge Round-II where Sahib Du Clos, owned by Faisal al Rahmani, completed a notable double in the 2200m all-weather contest, which carries a prize of US$55,000.
The Saifaldeen Deeb-trained colt, ridden by Richard Mullen won the race recording 2m 32.01s.
The US$250,000-UAE 2000 Guines Group-3 over 1600m on the all-weather was handsomely won by Kinglet, for trainer Mahmoud Al Zarooni. With Mickael Barzalona in the saddle, the colt finished in 1m 37.72s.
Spring Of Fame, for trainer Saeed bin Suroor, ran on strongly to gain a comfortable success in the US$120,000-Dubal Casthouse Trophy Handicap over a mile and three furlongs on Tapeta at Meydan. Ridden by Mickael Barzalona, Spring Of Fame finished in 2m 17.65s.
Ridden by Silvestre de Sousa, Saeed bin Suroor’s Songcraft maintained an unbeaten record when prevailing by a nose over Laajooj in a thrilling finish to the Dubal Potlines Trophy recording 2.34.77 minutes. Also under de Sousa and handled by bin Suroor, Sandagiyr made a winning Godolphin debut with a game victory in the Group-3-Firebreak Stakes over 1600m, winning by a neck in 1m 36.29s.