Sport Horse Racing

Saturday 25 March 2017

Moore keeps cool on Presvis

Presvis set himself up for a second challenge for the Dubai Duty Free by winning the Jebel Hatta at Meydan.

Luca Cumani's international star was second in one of the showpieces of World Cup night last year and his victory in this prep run came courtesy of an ice-cool ride by Ryan Moore.

Frankie Dettori looked set for his fourth winner of the night when hitting the front on Alexandros but Moore, who had held up Presvis during much of the race before weaving up the rail, suddenly found some space and he quickened comfortably clear.

"I'm delighted to see the horse back, we have got him back to where he was," said Cumani of the 4/1 chance. "He will definitely go for the Dubai Duty Free now."

Dettori and Godolphin were on fire throughout the card.

First the unbeaten Mendip (11/4) strode six and a quarter lengths clear off a dawdling early pace in the Listed Al Bastakiya. Stablemate Vale Of York (5/2 favourite), last seen when winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, was fifth.

Dettori said: "This was only his third start and there is some improvement left. If he goes for the UAE Derby hopefully the extra distance will make all the difference."

Injury problems for Desert Party (9/2) had kept him off the course since the Kentucky Derby but he had no problems dropping down to six furlongs in the Mahab Al Shimaal, particularly when the perfect gap opened on the home bend.

John Best's Sir Gerry closed for third but the James Eustace-trained War Artist, the 10/11 favourite, was disappointing.

They switched to the grass for the Group Two Dubai City Of Gold but there was little change in the result as Dettori and Godolphin struck again.

Campanologist (6/1), a respected performer at this sort of level in Britain, was having his first start since last October and had enough in hand to contain a late challenge from Turkish raider Pan River.

Japanese runner Red Desire (8/1) finished wide and late to steal round three of the Al Maktoum Challenge from the determined Gloria De Campeao right on the line.

Godolphin's Cavalryman, having his first start since finishing third in the Arc, ran respectably enough but was out of the money, while stablemate Allybar looked most unlucky in-running.

Dettori's Skysurfers was the 8/11 favourite in the Group Three Burj Nahaar but he could manage no better than fifth.

The race went to Brian Meehan's 25/1 shot Cat Junior, which made nearly all the running.

Irish Independent

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