x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 19 January 2018

Al Zarooni hopes Gamilati sparkles for Godolphin at Meydan

The Emirati trainer saddles the filly who will line up at Meydan Racecourse tonight against Ali Rashid Al Raihe's charge Alsindi.

Mahmood Al Zarooni will hope to record victory for Godolphin.
Mahmood Al Zarooni will hope to record victory for Godolphin.

Godolphin's Gamilati will lay down her Classic credentials at Meydan Racecourse tonight as she lines up in the UAE 1,000 Guineas Trial.

The filly, trained by Mahmood Al Zarooni, won the Cherry Hinton at Newmarket in England last season but disappointed on her final outing in the Lowther Stakes at York. Frankie Dettori will be in the saddle but she is giving upwards of 3lb to each of her five rivals in the 1,400-metre race.

"She has been working well since she arrived in Dubai and is enjoying the weather," Al Zarooni said.

"She did not run as well on her final start in England as we had hoped she would, but she has had a nice break and we are looking forward to running her again.

"It will be her first try on the all-weather but we do not think that will be a problem."

Her main rival would appear to be Alsindi, who won her first two starts for Clive Brittain last summer, including the Oh So Sharp Stakes. She was another to disappoint when last seen in the Rockfel and has subsequently joined last season's champion trainer, Ali Rashid Al Raihe.

Royston Ffrench takes the ride and he said: "She has settled in well and seems to handle the all-weather in the mornings.

"Obviously, Gamilati was very useful in England and a serious rival but we should run well."

Stan Moore's Mary Fildes also runs.

Sharaayeen, sent off as favourite for the Old Newton Cup when with Charlie Hills, is another to have joined Al Raihe for the Dubai World Cup Carnival.

Richard Hills knows him well and rode him at Jebel Ali last week and expects a big run in tonight's sixth race, the Longines Master Moon Phases over 2,200 metres.

He said: "I was very pleased with that run and expect him to run a big race."

Hills won the Meydan Masters jockeys' competition in 2010 but neither he nor last year's winner Calvin Borel are taking part this time. The likes of Maxime Guyon, William Buick, Tom Queally, Dettori, Ryan Moore and Mickael Barzalona are among the 12 taking part in the competition.

* Press Association