Marnane success just dandy
Published 14/01/2011 | 05:00
David Marnane had something of a homecoming at Meydan as he saddled his first winner as a trainer in Dubai through Dandy Boy in the Dolce Vita Handicap.
Tipperary-born Marnane, a former jump jockey, spent eight years in Dubai and was assistant to Kieran McLaughlin before setting up on his own back in Ireland in 2005.
Dandy Boy won the Victoria Cup at Ascot last spring, but had come up a little short in Group races for the rest of the campaign.
The mount of Colm O'Donoghue was sent off at 10/1 and he whipped right through the field, quickening just under two lengths clear of his compatriot Hujaylea.
"It's changed a lot since I left five years ago, but it's a wonderful set-up and no stone is left unturned for you," said Marnane. "The horse seems a lot stronger and I'm hoping he will now be the finished article.
"I might well run him back on the Tapeta in about four weeks. After that he might be able to go for the Godolphin Mile on World Cup night."
South African Mike de Kock managed a one-two in the UAE 1000 Guineas Trial, but it was the lesser fancied Australian recruit Reem (14/1) and Pat Cosgrave which got first run on Christophe Soumillon and Mahbooba, with Peter Chapple-Hyam's Crying Lightening a disappointment.
Rock N Roll Ransom (4/1), which was progressive last season for Luca Cumani, got off the mark for Godolphin and Mahmoud Al Zarooni with a narrow victory under Ryan Moore in the Evidenza Handicap.
A devastating turn of foot from Mendip saw him reward heavy market support in Round One of the Al Maktoum Challenge.
Sea Lord had attempted to make all, but was a sitting duck as soon as Frankie Dettori pressed the button on the Saeed Bin Suroor-trained four-year-old.