Eion Harty, who handles Godolphin Racing's California division in the U.S., got off to a good start in United Arab Emirates when the first two horses he sent out at Nad al Sheba Racecourse finished first and second in maiden company Thursday night.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum's Night Prey, ridden by Frankie Dettori in the seven-furlong main track test, beat Bold Enjoyment, with Pat Smullen up, by 2 1/2 lengths. It was another five lengths back to U.S.-bred Biographer in the 14-runner race.
When he is not overseeing the Godolphin 2-year-olds in California, Harty is based at Grandstand Stables in Dubai. Night Prey, the 3-year-old Jade Hunter colt, was held up just behind the leaders before making progress in the final furlong and led near the post to easily win in a time of 1:24.77.
Bold Enjoyment, a 3-year-old Unbridled colt, was held up in mid-division before making his move to the front half a furlong from home.
Harty, who saddled Godolphin's Tempera to win the 2001 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, said he does not know of the future plans for Night Prey and Bold Enjoyment, noting he would have to confer with Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford. He said that both are entered in the UAE 2000 Guineas and the UAE.
"I have retained ten 2-year-olds from last season and, while many of them will not race in Dubai, I do have a nice colt in Stage Show who will run here on the turf on Sunday," Harty said of the just- turned 3-year-olds in his care. "Tonight has been a great start--you always hope for the best but you never really expect it to happen."