Sunday 18 February 2018

Certify gets Godolphin back on the right track

Mickael Barzalona riding Certify in September 2012
Mickael Barzalona riding Certify in September 2012

Thomas Kelly

CERTIFY became the first of the Godolphin 22 to return from a steroid ban and win when taking the Group Two Cape Verdi at Meydan.

The unbeaten filly, winner of the Group One Fillies' Mile and conqueror of the subsequent 1,000 Guineas winner Sky Lantern at two, was a leading fancy for that Classic until ruled out by the Mahmood al-Zarooni doping scandal.

Improvement was scarcely necessary in this comeback as the French 1,000 Guineas winner Flotilla ran poorly.

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 100pc tally to five races.

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

Mujaarib (25/1) just held the late surge of better-fancied stable companion Mushreq to give South African trainer Mike de Kock a one-two in the Group Two Al Rashidiya.

Christophe Soumillon brought Mujaarib on the outside to make his challenge as it was congested in the centre and it paid off as the six-year-old got home on the Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum second string from the 3/1 joint-favourite.

De Kock was winning the race for a third consecutive year.

Irish Independent

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