Dubai Duty Free Cup (Listed) (Str) 7f
- (3yo+, 7f, Class 1, 9 runners)
- Winner £20,983 2nd £7,955 3rd £3,981 4th £1,983 5th £995 6th £500
- Going: Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 1m 26.47s
- Off time: 16:50:25
Arnold Lane (IRE) 6
|4||131 9-5||M R Channon||S Hitchcott||108||18/1|
|5||128 9-2||C Appleby||M Barzalona||104||12/1|
Fort Bastion (IRE) 27
|4||128 9-2||R A Fahey||J Fortune||105||25/1|
Free Wheeling (AUS) 202
|5||128 9-2 pt||Saeed bin Suroor||James Doyle||110||5/1|
Magic City (IRE) 27
|4||128 9-2||Richard Hannon||R Hughes||102||10/3|
|3||125 8-13||B J Meehan||T P Queally||103||16/1|
|3||125 8-13 p1||Saeed bin Suroor||S De Sousa||111||15/8f|
Well Acquainted (IRE) 26
|3||125 8-13||C G Cox||J P Fahy||105||14/1|
|4||123 8-11||Sir Michael Stoute||R L Moore||93||9/1|
||5||9-2||Saeed bin Suroor||L Dettori||7/1|
A number of these are attempting the step up from handicaps to Listed class, including the rejuvenated Magic City, Correspondent and Enrol, but Free Wheeling and Well Acquainted are already winners at this level and Arnold Lane won a Group 3 in Germany in the spring. Firebeam will love the ground and is certainly worth a second look but Fort Bastion bounced Tony Hamilton out of the saddle on leaving the stalls at York last time and still has plenty to prove. TAWHID may not be entirely straightforward but cheekpieces are tried here and he didn't do a lot wrong when fourth in a Group 3 at Haydock last time. A winner here on heavy ground as a juvenile, he looks the one to beat given that Saeed bin Suroor has trained the winner of this three times in the last four years.
Tawhid 7-2 (8-11) Held up in rear, ridden 2f out, ran on, nearest finish, 4th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Top Notch Tonto (8-11) at Haydock 1m Grp 3 (1) gs.
Enrol 5-1 (9-0) Mid-division, lost place over 2f out, 10th of 11, 11l behind Clockmaker (8-11) at Chester 1m hcp (2) gd in Aug.
Firebeam 2-1 (8-12) Led, ridden and headed inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 2nd of 6, 4l behind Intransigent (8-12) at Haydock 7f cond Stakes (3) gf.
Free Wheeling (AUS) 3-1 (9-3) 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Rerouted (9-6) at Meydan(UAE) 7f hcp in Mar.
Magic City (IRE) 13-2fav (8-13) Held up in mid-division, switched left 2f out, headway to chase leaders over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, quickened to lead final 75 yards, won going away, won at Goodwood 7f hcp (2) gd in Aug beating Intransigent (8-8) by 1l, 18 ran.
Correspondent 8-1 (9-4) Raced wide in touch, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 11, 14l behind Clockmaker (8-11) at Chester 1m hcp (2) gd in Aug.
Fort Bastion (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Went right and unseated rider leaving stalls, in a race won by Sirius Prospect (9-0) at York 7f Listed stks 3yo (1) sft in Aug, 6 ran.
Arnold Lane (IRE) 28-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened entering final furlong, 7th of 9, 7l behind Viztoria (8-11) at Doncaster 7f Grp 2 (1) gs.
Well Acquainted (IRE) 20-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, ridden and every chance 2f out to over 1f out, one pace inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 5l behind Lockwood (9-0) at Goodwood 7f Grp 3 (1) gd in Aug.