Godolphin's Australian group I winner Long John handily dispatched 10 overmatched rivals at the top of the stretch and romped away to win the $250,000 United Arab Emirates Two Thousand Guineas (UAE-III) Feb. 13 at Meydan Racecourse.
Long John is among 75 stakes winners for Street Cry. The 16-year-old son of Machiavellian is based at Darley in Lexington.
Two races later on the card, Marcus and Ingrid Jooste's two-time South African Horse of the Year Variety Club scored a frontrunning two-length victory in the $200,000 Firebreak Stakes (UAE-III).
Making his first start in eight months and first in Dubai, the 5-year-old son of Var extended his winning streak to nine as he cruised across the finish line to win comfortably from Haatheq, who outfinished Empire Storm by three lengths for second in the nine-horse field.
Ridden by Anton Marcus for trainer Joey Ramsden, Variety Club took command soon after the start and maintained a clear lead before drawing off. The 3-5 favorite in North American pools, he was timed in a swift 1:35.67 for the 1,600 meters on the all-weather track.
Variety Club, who was bred by Beaumont Stud out of the Secret Prospector mare La Massine, has won 15 of 20 career starts. His 11 group wins include four at the top level in his native country.
The Firebreak is a steppingstone to the $1 million Godolphin Mile (UAE-I) on World Cup night.
Also on the card, Antoinette Kavanagh's Russian Soul broke through for his first victory at Meydan, taking the Al Shindagha Sprint (UAE-III) by a length from Jamesie, with Complicate a neck back in third.
Overcoming difficult post 13 while making his seventh start in Dubai, the 6-year-old son of Invincible Spirit burst powerfully from the pack in midstetch to lead 200 meters out and ran out a strong winner under Shane Foley at 7-1 odds. He entered off a close second-place finish to United Color in the Dubawi Stakes Jan. 16 at Meydan.
United Color, the 5-2 favorite in the Al Shindagha Sprint, found traffic in the final 400 meters and finished 10th.
In finishing in 1:10.61 for the 1,200 meters (about six furlongs), Russian Soul tallied a sixth win from 23 career starts for trainer Michael Halford.
The Al Shindagha Sprint is a prep for the $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen (UAE-I) on World Cup night.
Russian Soul was bred in Ireland by Societe Civile de L'Ecurie de Meautry. He is out of the Indian Ridge mare Russian Hill.