Dubai // Mike de Kock dominated proceedings on Thursday at Meydan Racecourse's fourth meeting of the 2013 Dubai World Cup Carnival, saddling three of the six winners, including The Apache to give the trainer a record fifth win in the featured Group 2 Al Rashidiya.
Ridden by Christophe Soumillon, The Apache was having his first start locally and his first for De Kock, having been off for almost a year and surprised his trainer who said: "I really thought he would need this so that is very pleasing. It would be nice to think he is a horse for Dubai World Cup night."
The South African saddled Musir to win the 1,800m turf contest last year.
Soumillon had earlier steered Rerouted to a win the 1,400m Tapeta handicap to provide the middle leg of the trainer's treble and initiate his own double. Rerouted is part-owned by Lee Westwood, who was present to greet his winner, fresh from a good afternoon in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.
The golfer said: "It has been a good day and I am delighted for this horse who has run some great races in defeat."
Earlier De Kock had uttered a similar response after Mushreq made it third time lucky this year in the opening 2,000m turf handicap with Paul Hanagan in the saddle. He said: "Nothing had gone right in his first two runs so Paul did the right thing and kept him out of trouble."
Not for the first time Saeed bin Suroor, the Godolphin trainer, supplied a one-two with Ted Durcan and Kassiano denying stable companion Con Artist with Silvestre de Sousa on the runner-up.
Bin Suroor said: "We have made a fast start to the Carnival and that is another good result for the team."
That was over 1,900m on Tapeta and his fellow Godolphin handler Mahmoud Al Zarooni was also on the score sheet, combining with Mickael Barzalona to land the concluding 1,400m turf handicap with Time Prisoner.
The UK opened their 2013 tally with Medicean Man providing the trainer Jeremy Gask a winner with his very first UAE runner in a 1,000m turf handicap in which Bear Behind set a scorching pace. However, Harry Bentley was easing closer on the winner who hit the front over a furlong out and ran on strongly.
Bentley said : "A flat five furlongs really suits him and that early gallop has given him tiring horses to aim at. The Al Quoz Sprint on World Cup night would a target but the end of March is a long way away."
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