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  • Mark Of Excellence At Meydan

UAE 1000 Guineas Sponsored By Gulf News Listed Stakes (Fillies' Listed) (AWT) 1m

  • (3yo, 1m, Class 1, 10 runners)
  • Winner 523,838 2nd 198,144 3rd 98,433 4th 45,050 5th 22,710 6th 13,552
  • Going: Standard
  • Surface: Sand
Weighed In:
  • Off time: 16:25:34
Full result
Result 16:25 Meydan
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 8 Lovely Pass 7/1
2nd 6 Shuruq ½ 6/1
3rd 10 Music Chart 5/2
  • Last Updated: February 7 2013, 8:22 GMT

View from connections ahead of Thursday's UAE 1000 Guineas at Meydan.

Kieren Fallon: Pleased with Pure Excellence's preparations
Kieren Fallon: Pleased with Pure Excellence's preparations

Connections of Pure Excellence admit they are "living in a dream world" ahead of the filly's bid for Dubai glory in Thursday's UAE 1000 Guineas at Meydan.

The Mark Johnston-trained three-year-old enjoyed a superb juvenile campaign and signed off with a Listed triumph at Newmarket in November.

The daughter of Exceed And Excel carries the colours of Excellence Racing, whose spokesman, Andrew Bell, admits to have a runner at Meydan with the first horse the syndicate have owned is way beyond his expectations.

Bell said: "We're looking forward to running her and I think she's ready to go. Deirdre (Johnston, trainer's wife) is very happy with her and Kieren Fallon has done all the work with her since she arrived and he's very pleased.

"We made the decision after she won her Listed race at Newmarket we would look to bring her to Dubai. The prize-money is so good and I think she deserves her place in this race.

"She was unbelievable last year. She started off winning a five-furlong maiden on fast ground at Beverley and ended up winning a Listed race over a mile on soft ground at Newmarket.

"She's got a lot of ability and is a really tough and genuine filly. It's fantastic to be here with her, we're living in a dream world, really. Our slogan as a syndicate is 'reaching for the stars', and that's what it's all about."

Pure Excellence features in a field of 10 runners in the one-mile Listed contest, with Ireland represented by David Marnane's More Than Sotka and the Pat Shanahan-trained My Special J'S.

That pair were third and fifth respectively in the 1000 Guineas trial three weeks ago.

The feature event of Thursday's card is the second round of the Al Maktoum Challenge, an extended nine-furlong Group Two which has attracted a top-quality line-up.

The Godolphin team are unsurprisingly well represented, with Saint Baudolino making his debut for Mahmood Al Zarooni, having shown very smart form in France when with Andre Fabre. Hunter's Light is another major contender for the Dubai-based operation.

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