x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 19 January 2018

Frankie Dettori's happy hunting with three wins at Meydan

The Italian jockey enjoys a successful night at Meydan Racecourse, while Godolphin prevail in four races.

Frankie Dettori triumphs on Fox Hunt, centre, at Meydan Racecourse last night.
Frankie Dettori triumphs on Fox Hunt, centre, at Meydan Racecourse last night.

DUBAI // Frankie Dettori rode a winning treble at Meydan Racecourse last night to continue his reign as the top jockey of the 2012 Dubai World Cup Carnival.

And Godolphin trainers also continued an impressive run, with Mahmoud al Zarooni and Saeed bin Suroor combining to claim four of the evening's six races.

Two of Dettori's victories came in the blue of Godolphin and one in the green jersey and red cap of Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid.

It was on Sheikh Hamdan's Fox Hunt, trained by Mahmoud al Zarooni, that Dettori claimed the closing race of the night, the 2,810m Group 3 Nad Al Sheba turf contest in an a duel from stablemate, Opinion Poll.

Fox Hunt had made his move after the final bend and although he easily drew ahead of the leaders, was soon joined by Opinion Poll under Mickael Barzalona.

But Fox Hunt, who was claiming his second victory of the Carnival, proved to have more left in the tank, taking the contest by two-and-a-half lengths.

Both Opinion Poll and Fox Hunt will now go straight to the World Cup-day Dubai Gold Cup.

"He's a good horse," said Dettori, who had the pick of the Godolphin mounts before the race.

"I knew Opinion Poll was a good horse but I would say that he just got a little bit tired and mine was able to sustain his rhythm."

Dettori, who now has 15 Carnival wins, seven ahead of second-placed Sylvestre de Sousa, had also been successful on Derby hope, Counterglow for al Zarooni and Soul for bin Suroor, earlier in the evening.

De Sousa, who has been contracted as Godolphin's official second jockey to Dettori from April, was also in the money.

Do It All came off the reserve list to claim victory in the featured Group 2 Zabeel Mile for Godolphin trainer, bin Suroor.

Meanwhile, South African handler, Herman Brown recorded his first winner of the 2012 season when Bronze Cannon beat Godolphin's Sarrsar by two-and-a-quarter lengths in a 2,000m Tapeta handicap.

Bronze Cannon was a deserving winner, making his bid for the line just after the final bend.

The diminutive runner had been targeted at the Group 3 Nad al Sheba Trophy but had been balloted out of that race, missing the cut by just one.

In other news, the jockey, William Buick, was unable to take his four rides last night after suffering a suspected fractured jaw in a nightclub incident on Wednesday night.