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Dubai Golden Shaheen Sponsored By Gulf News (Group 1) 6f

  • (3yo+, 6f, Class 1, 13 runners)
  • Winner 1,199,997 2nd 399,997 3rd 200,002 4th 99,998 5th 59,997
  • Going: Standard
  • Surface: Sand
Weighed In:
  • Off time: 15:41:26
  • Last Updated: March 29 2014, 21:16 GMT

Joao Moreira completed a quickfire double at Meydan as Sterling City picked off Rich Tapestry in the Dubai Golden Shaheen sponsored by Gulf News.

Joao Moreira: Meydan double
Joao Moreira: Meydan double

The Brazilian had won the Al Quoz Sprint aboard Hong Kong raider Amber Sky in the previous race and the Far East nation proved their sprinting prowess by sending out the one-two in the six furlong contest on the Tapeta.

Rich Tapestry was the first to strike for home in the straight but he began to tread water in the final half a furlong as the more patiently ridden Sterling City picked his old rival off with unerring accuracy.

It was two and a quarter lengths back to United Color in third with defending champion Reynaldothewizard in fourth.

"I am estactic to win here in Dubai. It's every trainer's dream," said John Moore. "Rich Tapestry's facile win the other day made me think my fellow had a chance today. The jockey said he didn't like it early on the all-weather, but once he got him clear, he flew home."

"I got run down by a good horse," said Rich Tapestry's jockey Olivier Doleuze. "I had the trip I wished to have. When I asked him under pressure, he gave me his kick.

"He travelled very well throughout the race but he went from going very good to full power without it making much difference. He gave me a short burst but then he stopped a little bit after that."

"Once I gave him a clear run he just showed off," Moreira said. "He's a very good horse. He had the experience of racing here before and my horse didn't, but once I got to his outside, I knew my horse was going to kick in. He's lovely and such a pleasure. There is more to come. I dedicate this (win) to my family, my wife and two kids."

Family was also a theme for trainer Moore, who potentially has big plans for the five-year-old son of Nadeen.

"This has been a Team Moore effort as my daughter Caroline is the groom and my son George the work rider," Moore said. "It's one International meeting at a time, but his next target could be the Singapore Krisflyer Sprint in May and then we can think about Ascot."

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