Mendip won the Derrinstown Stud Bahri Al Bastakiya on March 4 at Meydan.

Mendip won the Derrinstown Stud Bahri Al Bastakiya on March 4 at Meydan.

Andrew Watkins

Unbeaten Mendip Tops UAE Derby Cast

Son of Harlan's Holiday faces full field of 13 in $2 million race at Meydan.

Mendip, Godolphin’s unbeaten son of Harlan's Holiday, heads a full cast of 14 colts and fillies entered for the March 27 UAE Derby Sponsored by the Saeed & Mohammed al Naboodah Group (UAE-2). The race, which will be run at about 1 3/16 miles over the Tapeta synthetic surface at Meydan Racecourse, goes at approximately 11:35 a.m. EDT.

Godolphin has three entrants in the Derby including the filly Siyaadah, who was third behind the brilliant Raihana last time out in the Meydan UAE Oaks.

Mendip broke his maiden at first asking last September at Kempton and is two-for-two at Meydan. On Feb. 11, he took a conditioned allowance race going about seven furlongs, then stretched out to about 1 1/8 miles March 4 in taking the $250,000 Derrinstown Stud Bahri Al Bastakiya by 6 1/4 lengths. Fellow Derby starters Della Barba and Enak ran second and third, respectively.

Out of the Coronado's Quest mare Well Spring, Mendip was bred in Kentucky by Jayeff B Stables and sold as a yearling for $130,000 out of Book Three of the 2008 Keeneland September sale. Ashview Farm, agent, consigned the colt and he was purchased by Mike Ryan, agent. Sheikh Mohammed’s bloodstock agent, John Ferguson, purchased Mendip last February at the Fasig-Tipton Florida 2-year-old sale from Niall Brennan Stables, agent, for $375,000.

Raihana, an Australian-bred daughter of Elusive Quality out of the Sunday Silence mare Esubooh, tackles the boys in the Derby off a sharp victory in the Feb. 25 Oaks. The Oaks, run at the same distance as the Al Bastakiya, was timed in 1:58.71, which was quicker than Mendip’s 1:59.14.

Raihana is one of four sophomores trained by South African Michael de Kock. He also sends out Musir, winner of the Feb. 18 Shadwell Estate Sakhee UAE Two Thousand Guineas (UAE-III) at about a mile, Solid Choice, unplaced in three Meydan starts, and Mr Crazy Boy.

Mr Crazy Boy was a group II winner in South Africa last season and Musir, by Australia’s leading sire Redoute's Choice, won the Zulu Kingdom Explorer Golden Horseshoe (SAf-I).

Last year, Godolphin's pair of Regal Ransom and Desert Party  ran 1-2, respectively, in the UAE Derby then went on to run in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). Regal Ransom later won Louisiana Downs' Super Derby (gr. II).

Godolphin's Vale of York, winner of the Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) last November at Santa Anita, was declared out of the race earlier this week due to a bout of colic.

The UAE Derby is for 3-year-olds of both hemispheres. Southern Hemisphere colts carry top weight of 131 pounds to allow for being older and fillies tote 127. Northern Hemisphere colts carry 120 and fillies 116.

The $10 million Emirates Airline Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), $5 million Guangsha Group Dubai Sheema Classic (UAE-I), and $5 million Dubai Duty Free (UAE-I) will be drawn March 24.

$2,000,000 UAE Derby Sponsored by the Saeed & Mohammed al Naboodah Group (UAE-2, Race 4, 6:35 p.m. – 11:35 a.m. EDT), 3-Year-Olds, about 1 3/16 miles

PP.Horse, Jockey, Wgt., Trainer
1.Oroveso, TJ Pereira, 131, P Bary
2.Enak, T. Durcan, 131, S bin Suroor
3. Raihana, K. Shea, 127, M de Kock
4. Della Barba, O Peslier, 131, J Barton
5. Mendip, L Dettori, 120, S bin Suroor
6. Siyaadah, A Gryder, 116, S bin Suroor
7. Frozen Power, A Ajtebi, 120, S bin Suroor
8. Uncle Tom, K Fallon, 131, P Bary
9. Musir, C Soummillon, 131, M de Kock
10. Makaanah, J Barria, 116, J Barton
11. Izaaj, W Supple, 120, M bin Shafya
12. Solid Choice, K Latham, 131, M de Kock
13. Timely Jazz, P Graberg, 120, N Petersen
14. Mr Crazy Boy, C Brown, 131, M de Kock