Barbecue too hot for rivals
Veteran Barbecue Eddie outpointed younger rivals to take the first Group race of the 2013 Dubai Carnival, Round One of the Al Maktoum Challenge at Meydan.
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The nine-year-old has won at the Carnival every year since it was moved to Meydan in 2010 but was breaking new ground here in claiming a pattern-race victory for the first time.
Returned a 4/1 chance with the British bookmakers, Barbecue Eddie always travelled well just behind the early pace set by Godolphin's Out Of Bounds and quickly put the race to bed at the furlong-pole when sent clear by Dane O'Neill.
It was O'Neill's first big-race victory since signing up as second jockey to Hamdan Al Maktoum.
Godolphin's Sharestan was arguably the most impressive winner of the meeting, taking a nine-furlong conditions race impressively on his first start since leaving John Oxx and setting a new course record time in the process.
He could now be on course for the Dubai Futy Free over the same track and trip at the World Cup meeting in March.