Godolphin's Catstar Grabs UAE 1,000 Guineas

By Jason Ford
Frankie Dettori, Saeed bin Suroor and Godolphin opened their account for the season when Catstar made virtually all the running to win the UAE 1,000 Guineas, a mile conditions race on the dirt.

Bred by Summer Wind Farm, Catstar is a daughter of Storm Cat sold privately following the Keeneland November Sale in 2001. Trained last year in Great Britain by David Loder, she made a winning debut at Leicester before running a fine second to the highly talented Attraction in the Queen Mary Stakes (Eng-III) at Ascot. Both those races were over the minimum trip and she coped admirably with this step up in distance.

Dettori was able to dictate a steady pace having claimed the lead after a furlong and settled the issue in the straight when kicking the filly clear. Eddie Ahern gave vain chase on Clive Brittain's Menhoubah, a daughter of Dixieland Band who cost $90,000 at Keeneland, but the post was always going to come in time for Dettori's mount.

Dettori said: "That is the first time I have won the race as I tended to pick the wrong one in the past. Luckily we only had one this year.

"She is a nice filly and has plenty of pace. I was surprised just how well she settled in front and she has done it well. I knew I would be hard to peg back once I went clear. It is nice to get off the mark."

The winner is the second foal and winner out of Advancing Star, a grade III-winning daughter of Soviet Star who was also placed in grade I company. She is a half-sister to Darby Fair who was also a winner at grade III level and placed in grade I's, while the second dam, Fair Advantage, was a daughter of Raja Baba who was second in the Matron Stakes.

Darley Stud Management paid $75,000 for Advancing Star's Deputy Minister colt at Keeneland last year. The mare also has a weanling filly by A P Indy.

Irish raider D'Anjou, representing the John Oxx and Michael Kinane combination, ran out a convincing winner of the Al Fahidi Fort (UAE-III) on the third night of the Dubai International Racing Carnival to register Europe's first win of the campaign.

A 7-year-old gelded son of Marju, homebred by Barouche Stud, he ran on too strongly for compatriot One More Round and confirmed the form of the pair's running at Leopardstown last September.

Kinane was always travelling well at the rear of the field and enjoyed a dream run through. D'Anjou tracked One More Round and was able to pass his old foe inside the furlong pole.

A delighted Barbara Facchino of Barouche Stud said: "That was a fantastic ride from Mick Kinane – the first time he has sat on the horse. The horse loves the sunshine and so do we – we are delighted to be here."

D'Anjou is a half-brother to both the group III winner Truth or Dare and the Listed winner Sandstone, while another half-sibling, Woodland Orchid, is the dam of the group III winner CD Europe.

The dam, Rode de Thai, was a winning and Group III-placed daughter of Lear Fan and a half-sister to the Listed winner Roi De Rome. D'Anjou is her last foal.
The second dam, Riverqueen, a daughter of Luthier, won the French 1,000 Guineas.

American Doug Watson, having a great season after replacing champion trainer Kiaran McLaughlin in the summer, saddled debutant Mawwal to register an impressive victory in the seven-furlong maiden under Willie Supple.

Champion jockey Gary Hind won the five-furlong sprint on Kuwaiti trainer Rashid Bousely's Conceal, a 6-year-old gelded son of Cadeaux Genereux who won the Listed H H The President's Cup over seven furlongs two starts previously.

Razkalla, a 6-year-old gelded son of Caerleon bred in the U.S. by Gainsborough Farms, won the concluding ten-furlong handicap on the turf to register a first win for the UK. He is trained by David Loder and was ridden by Jamie Spencer, sporting the second colours of H H Sheikh Mohammed.

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