Mezzo Soprano Sings in UAE One Thousand Guineas
Updated: Friday, March 14, 2003 8:24 PM
From Nad al Sheba Racecourse
Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2003 3:39 PM
The decision of Australian jockey Kerrin McEvoy to prolong his first trip to Dubai and resist the lure of the rich Autumn Carnival in Sydney paid immediate dividends when the former French-trained filly Mezzo Soprano won the US$250,000 UAE One Thousand Guineas at Nad Al Sheba Thursday night.
Mezzo Soprano's marked a winning double for the jockey after he rode B Major to victory for trainer Satish Seemar.
Mezzo Soprano easily defeated the Frankie Dettori-ridden Gonfilia with Akinfeet, ridden by Kevin Darley, third.
Trained by Saeed bin Suroor for Godolphin Racing, Mezzo Soprano is a Darshaan -- Morn Of Song (Blushing Groom) bred in Kentucky by Darley Stud Management.
McCoy was originally scheduled to leave the Emirates on Wednesday, but was encouraged to stay by Godolphin.
"Kerrin has done a really good job for us and we encouraged him to stay," Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford. "He has created a really strong impression, he is a very polished rider with a great future. We have bonded with him very well and he is a key part of Godolphin. We have key horses going to Australia later in the year and he is very much
a part of the team."
Crisford was also full of praise for Mezzo Soprano, having her first start for Godolphin after a 2-year-old season spent with Andre Fabre where she won her only start at Deauville.
"She is a super filly, was working very well and we had high hopes for her," he said. "She won very well at Deauville last summer and is a lovely filly with a bright future."
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