The 12-furlong turf event was one of six stakes races contested on the “Super Saturday” card at Meydan, which serves as a dress rehearsal for the $27 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) day card March 31.
Mikhail Glinka, a 5-year-old horse by Galileo, was originally conditioned by Aidan O’Brien for Coolmore. After winning the Queen’s Vase (Eng-III) at Royal Ascot as a 3-year-old in 2010, he was purchased privately by Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov and transferred to South African-based trainer Herman Brown. Mikhail Glinka was one of two runners in the Dubai City of Gold for Brown, who also was represented by Bronze Cannon.
Jockey Royston Ffrench shot Mikhail Glinka to the front immediately at the start, and the pair quickly opened up a two-length lead. Four-time group I-winner Campanologist was on the rail in second, with Joshua Tree just off his flank in third. Favored Shimraan ran in fourth under Frankie Dettori, as Viscount Nelson, winner of the Al Fahidi Fort Sponsored by Al Tayer Motors (UAE-IIT), was settled toward the rear of the field through the early stages.
As the field turned for home it was still Mikhail Glinka in front by a length as Campanologist challenged on the outside. Ffrench asked his mount for more and Mikhail Glinka responded, stubbornly holding off late bids by both Campanologist and Cavalryman to win by a length.
Cavalryman edged clear in the final yards to take second by a half-length over Campanologist and Songcraft, who finished in a dead-heat for third. Shimraan faded to eighth, while Viscount Nelson was never a factor and finished ninth.
Final time for the 12 furlongs was 2:33.68 over a turf course listed as good.
Mikhail Glinka was bred in Ireland by Paulyn Ltd. He is the first foal out of Lady Karr (by Mark of Esteem), a winning full sister to Vodafone Epsom Derby (Eng-I) winner Sir Percy.