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Meydan

  • 15:50 Cape Verdi Sponsored By Dubal Group 2 Stakes 1m

  • (Fillies & Mares) (Turf) 732,531 added 3yo+ 6 ran
  • Winner 419,082 2nd 158,518 3rd 78,748 4th 36,042
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Off time: 15:50:34

Certify made a winning return to action at Meydan

Last Updated: 30/01/14 4:28pm

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Certify: An impressive winner

Certify: An impressive winner

Certify made a winning return to action with a stylish display in the Cape Verdi Sponsored By Dubal at Meydan.

The four-year-old filly had been absent since winning the Fillies' Mile at Newmarket in 2012 having been one of the horses suspended from racing for six months last year by the British Horseracing Authority at the inquiry at which her trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni received an eight-year ban.

Unbeaten in four career starts, the daughter of Elusive Quality was held up in the rear of the field as Shuruq, running in the same colours, made the running from the favourite Flotilla.

Flotilla found less than expected when asked to pick up but Certify moved into contention on the bridle under Mickael Barzalona.

L'Amour De La Vie went on with a motionless Barzalona on her outside and the young Corsican bided his time before asking Certify to go on and win her race which she did with the minimum of fuss.

Winning trainer Charlie Appleby said: "The filly was training nicely but we've asked no serious questions. She looks great in herself and she can only but improve from this.

"I'm just delighted for Sheikh Mohammed and Godolphin giving this filly a chance to show what she was as a two-year-old. We had high hopes for her as a three-year-old and hopefully she's got a lovely career ahead of her as a four-year-old.

"The plan was always to go to the Balanchine (a Meydan Group Two over nine furlongs) and if she comes out of this race well that's what we'll do.

"After that it will be Sheikh Mohammed and Simon Crisford (racing manager) to decide which route we go, whether she runs on World Cup night or put her away and take her back to Europe."

Barzalona told Racing UK: "It was a tough race. Shuruq (who finished fifth) is a great filly in Dubai. My filly was coming back after a year and a half off so what she did was very good."

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