In winning the Maktoum Challenge in a final time of 2:01.25, which bettered Sakhee's time for the same distance, Street Cry posted his first win since taking a prep for last year's UAE Derby, in which he finished second. Sent to the U.S. for the Kentucky Derby, Street Cry did not get to the gate in Kentucky as he was injured prior to the classic. He subsequently finished second as the 4-5 favorite in the Discovery Handicap at Aqueduct last fall in his last start previous to Thursday.
Godolphin Racing's Street Cry rolled to an 8 1/2-length triumph over State Shinto (by Pleasant Colony) in Thursday's third round of the Maktoum Challenge (UAE-II) at Nad al Sheba Racecourse. Royal Tryst, a U.S.-bred son of Kingmambo, finished third.The victory by the 4-year-old son of Machiavellian gives Godolphin another strong entry for the $6-million Dubai World Cup at the same racecourse March 23. Godolphin's Sakhee had already stamped himself as a leading World Cup contender in an equally impressive performance at Nad al Sheba five days previous to Street Cry's win. Both are trained by Saeed bin Suroor."We are absolutely delighted with that," Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford said of Thursday's win by Street Cry. "He will improve a little bit more for that and is a top-class prospect for the Dubai World Cup."