Sajjhaa so impressive at Meydan in Cape Verdi success
Sajjhaa returned to winning form with an impressive victory in the Group Two Cape Verdi at Meydan.
Last Updated: 24/01/13 6:33pm
The six-year-old had not claimed victory since winning a Listed event at York 18 months ago and was having her first run since finishing second at Doncaster last November, the last of three placed efforts in Europe last term.
One of four Godolphin runners in the one-mile contest, Sajjhaa sat on the heels of her pacemaking stablemate Dark Orchid before striking for home at the top of the straight.
She appeared to impede Amanee who was looking for a run up her inside, but Silvestre de Sousa soon kicked on it as First City moved up to challenge.
That mare proved no match though and while Amanee finished with a wet sail after getting some room, Sajjhaa was clear.
De Sousa said: "She was warm and very excited before the race. I was a bit worried but I'm pleased she came out on top.
"For the first furlong they went a bit slow but then they quickened up and I was happy to travel three off the rails."
De Sousa was notching his fourth Carnival win so far and currently tops the jockeys' table.
European interests drew a blank on the rest of the card with Balmont Mast faring best of the Irish runners in settling for second in the Meydan Golf Conditions Stakes, while Brian Meehan's Burano took the runner-up prize in the Meydan Hotel Handicap.