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Certify back in winning style

CERTIFY made a triumphant return from 489 days off the track when maintaining her unbeaten record in the Group Two Cape Verdi at Meydan.

The Godolphin filly, trained by Charlie Appleby, was held up towards the rear of the five-runner field and, despite running free in the early stages, travelled ominously well on the outside as they turned for home.

She cruised alongside the grey L'Amour De Ma Vie and just had to be pushed out hands and heels by Mickael Barzalona to score by three-quarters of a length and take her 100 per cent tally to five races.

Eddie Lynam's Pearl Of Africa was third, with the favourite Flotilla a disappointing fourth behind the 2-1 winner.

Certify, the top juvenile filly of 2012, was one of 22 Godolphin horses suspended from racing for six months last year by the British Horseracing Authority at the inquiry at which her trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni received an eight-year ban.

She had been tipped for Classic honours after winning all her four starts as a two-year-old, including the May Hill Stakes at Doncaster and the Shadwell Fillies' Mile, but never got the chance to confirm her promise at three.



FORMULA 1: Red Bull are convinced they will crack the issues that have seen them go from world champions to testing chumps this week.

For the second successive day the reigning four-times title holders were forced to call an early halt to their efforts due to serious issues with their problem-plagued car at the first pre-season test in Jerez.

Over the first two days, Sebastian Vettel managed a paltry 11 laps in the RB10 the team have conceded was rushed in the build process. The highly complex nature of this year's cars following a major rules overhaul has so far caused considerable consternation for Red Bull.