x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Improved Rakasa is ready to go

Godolphin's colours will be carried by three of the 11 runners in Friday's Sakhee O So Sharp Stakes at Newmarket.

Frankie Dettori has proven strong aboard Godolphin chargers. He gets Rakasa at Newmarket today.
Frankie Dettori has proven strong aboard Godolphin chargers. He gets Rakasa at Newmarket today.

 

Godolphin's colours will be carried by three of the 11 runners in Friday's Sakhee Oh So Sharp Stakes at Newmarket.

Mahmood Al Zarooni saddles Rakasa, the mount of Frankie Dettori, and Minidress, who will be ridden by Ahmed Ajtebi.

Kieren Fallon gets the leg-up on Saeed bin Suroor's Desert Gazelle.

Rakasa won her maiden and was just touched off by the useful Regal Realm in a Goodwood Group 3, and Minidress was a very impressive winner of her only start at Newmarket.

"Rakasa surprised us a little at Goodwood with how well she ran, and [she] has improved a little bit since then," said Al Zarooni. "There is a bit of a question mark over how she will cope with the ground, but she is in good form at the moment.

"Minidress has also improved for her debut, but she is still a little weak. She is a tough filly and we will find out more about her ability after Friday's race."

Desert Gazelle also won a Newmarket maiden in great style but was found wanting when stepped up in class behind Al Zarooni's Discourse in the Sweet Solera Stakes.

"Desert Gazelle won nicely on her debut, but we were a little disappointed with her latest start," Bin Suroor told www.godolphin.com. "She came out of that race very well and worked nicely on Tuesday morning. She deserves another chance in a Group race and I am looking forward to seeing her run well."

 

THE SCHEDULE

4.15pm (UAE time) Alsindi (Saeed Manana); Desert Gazelle (Godolphin); Minidress (Godolphin); Rakasa (Godolphin); Questing (Princess Haya of Jordan)

4.50pm Ragsah (Godolphin); Reem (Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa); Electra Star (Mohamed Obaida); Sooraah (Mohammed Jaber)

5.25pm Emerald Commander and Poet's Voice (Godolphin); Tazahum (Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid)

6pm Firdaws (Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid); Lyric Of Light (Godolphin); Semayyel (Saeed Manana)

7.10pm Al Shemali (Godolphin) Mahbooba (Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa)