x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Gamilati given a rating of 120 after UAE 1000 Guineas win

Gamilati put in a better performance winning on Friday than did her stablemate Blue Bunting while winning the equivalent English race last year, according to Timeform, the respected ratings service.

Gamilati given a rating of 120 after UAE 1000 Guineas win.
Gamilati given a rating of 120 after UAE 1000 Guineas win.

Gamilati put in a better performance in capturing the UAE 1000 Guineas on Friday than did her stablemate Blue Bunting while winning the equivalent English race last year.

According to Timeform, the respected ratings service, Mahmood Al Zarooni's three-year-old filly is an English 1000 Guineas winner in waiting.

Gamilati's victory from fellow Godolphin runner Pimpernel and Alsindi attained a level of form in excess of the typical winner of the Newmarket race.

The winning distance of five-and-a-half lengths equalled the record set by Godolphin's Muwakleh, who went on to finish second in the British Classic in 2001.

Typically, Timeform rates a genuine Group 1 performer as any horse that achieves a rating of 115, but in winning the first Classic of the UAE season, a Listed race, Gamilati easily eclipsed that figure.

"I have the final say on her figure and although it isn't the most solid figure, 120 would be fair," said Stephen Molyneux, Timeform's Dubai handicapper. "If that trial had been run in England in April I have no doubt she would line up at Newmarket as the favourite. "The fillies division has been pretty weak for a while and Gamilati looks a Guineas winner already."

To put those figures into context, Blue Bunting achieved a figure of 117 when winning the English mile race last season. Blue Bunting's best effort in 2011 was the 122 figure she achieved when winning the Yorkshire Oaks. "Gamilati's win is in excess of what you would expect from a normal English 1000 Guineas winner," Molyneux said, adding that the best figure in the last decade was Finsceal Beo, who hit 123 when winning in 2007.

The average winner is normally below 120.

Blue Bunting was Godolphin's third winner of the English contest and provided Al Zarooni with his first Classic success.

The Emirati trainer looks likely to follow up at Newmarket in May as he also has Discourse, who beat Gamilati in England during the summer, and Lyric Of Light, who won the Group 1 Fillies' Mile in September as a substitute for Discourse, who was injured.

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