Imperial Gesture to UAE 1000 Guineas Following Sunday's Victory

Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) runner-up Imperial Gesture romped to a nine-length win over Godolphin stablemate Seba in the Moonshell Mile at Nad Al Sheba Sunday.

"She will run next in the UAE 1000 Guineas at Nad Al Sheba on March 14 and there are no plans for her after that yet," said Simon Crisford, Godolpin's racing manager.

The win marks the second in five starts for Imperial Gesture. John R. Gaines Thoroughbreds LLC and De De McGehee bred the 3-year-old filly in Kentucky. Under Frankie Dettori, the Saeed bin Suroor-trained daughter of Langfuhr completed the mile in 1:36.98 on the dirt track.

"Imperial Gesture was a very easy winner and we are very pleased with her," said Crisford.

A Godolphin horse also won the next race on Sunday night's Nad Al Sheba card, when Narrative earned his third straight win in the Dubai City of Gold (UAE-III). Narrative won by 3 1/2 lengths over stablemate Grandera after completing the 1 1/2 miles in 2:32.63 on a turf course rated good. Richard Hills piloted the winner to victory. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum bred 4-year-old Narrative (Sadler's Wells -- Barger, by Riverman) in Ireland. The lightly raced bay colt lost his racing debut in September and has won each of his three subsequent races.

Godolphin's Celtic Silence finished third, followed by Exaltation, Musha Merr, All the Way, and Rhythm Band.