Today's racecards

Meydan

  • 17:35 Al Maktoum Challenge R2 Sponsored By Tabloid Stakes 1m 1f

  • Winner 523,838 2nd 198,144 3rd 98,433 4th 45,050
  • Going: Standard
  • Surface: Sand

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Off time: 17:36:24
17:35 Meydan Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Hunter's Light (IRE) 7/2
2nd Surfer (USA) 20/1
3rd Prince Bishop (IRE) 12/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (1) 61/1537- Royal blue, royal blue sleeves, black cap Prince Bishop (IRE) 313
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
6 9-0 Saeed bin Suroor R L Moore 110 12/113.00
2 (2) 11137/0- Grey,, grey, dark blue halved sleeves, dark blue cap Await The Dawn (USA) 313
Nag me
6 9-0 M F De Kock P Cosgrave 9/110.00
3 (3) 201160- Royal blue, royal blue sleeves, red cap Alpha (USA) 96
Nag meDistance Winner
4 8-13 Saeed bin Suroor William Buick 16/117.00
4 (4) 211231- Royal blue, royal blue sleeves, royal blue cap Saint Baudolino (IRE) 176
Nag meDistance Winner
4 8-13 t1 M Al Zarooni M Barzalona 2/13.00
5 (5) 3172/3-5 royal blue, white epaulettes, Black cap Mufarrh (IRE) 28
Nag meCourse WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 9-0 A Al Raihe Dane O'Neill 94 10/111.00
6 (6) 371121- Royal blue, royal blue sleeves, white cap Hunter's Light (IRE) 95
Nag me
5 9-0 Saeed bin Suroor S De Sousa 110 7/24.50
7 (7) 13261-1 Yellow, emerald green stripe, red sleeves, red cap Zain Shamardal (IRE) 37
Nag meCourse WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
5 9-0 t A Al Raihe R Ffrench 82 33/134.00
8 (8) 16/4100- Dark green, dark green sleeves, red, dark green diamond cap Mendip (USA) 313
Nag meCourse WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 9-0 Saeed bin Suroor K Fallon 112 12/113.00
9 (9) 41141-2 Royal Blue, White epaulets, yellow cap So Beautiful (FR) 28
Nag meDistance Winner
4 8-13 D Watson P Dobbs 16/117.00
10 (10) 1121-62 maroon, white stripe and sleeves, maroon cap, white hoop Jamr 14
Nag meCourse Winner
5 9-0 v M bin Shafya T E Durcan 84 20/121.00
11 (11) 2/54211- Gold, maroon epaulets, gold cap, maroon star, maroon peak Surfer (USA) 49
Nag meCourse Winner
4 8-13 S Seemar R Mullen 79 20/121.00
12 (12) 450-041 Royal Blue, White epaulets, striped cap Mushreq (AUS) 7
Nag meDistance Winner
5 9-0 M F De Kock P Hanagan 11/26.50

Verdict

A tremendous line-up and Saeed Bin Suroor holds a very powerful hand with four entries. Hunter's Light is the highest rated of the quartet, which is hardly surprising as he ended the last campaign with a Group 1 success in Italy. He's never raced on this surface but is two from three on Polytrack. Mendip won this a year ago and his later defeats were at the highest level. He'd had a prep run last year but this time makes his reappearance. Prince Bishop was 4l behind Mendip a year ago but did better in Group 1's subsequently including when seventh in the World Cup. Alpha completes the quartet and dead-heated for a Grade 1 at Saratoga on Dirt in August. Godolphin are also represented by SAINT BAUDOLINO, a very smart performer for Andre Fabre last year with a Group 2 to his credit and two narrow defeats at the highest level. He can make a successful start to his career in Dubai. Await The Dawn hasn't run since finishing tailed off in the Dubai Duty Free last March when trained by Aidan O'Brien but will have been primed by Mike De Kock who also runs last week's winning handicapper Mushreq. Mufarrh always goes well here but Zain Shamardal has plenty to find against genuine high-class opposition.