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2011 Godolphin Mile & Kahayla Classic Results

Date: 03/26/2011

The $1 million Godolphin Mile (G2) on Dubai World Cup night featured a field of 14 older horses go 1600 meters (about 1 mile) around one turn of the Tapeta synthetic track at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai. Godolphin entrant Skysurfers was sent off as the 3-1 favorite, off his win in the Firebreak Stakes in February over the same trip at Meydan. Also in the field included 7-2 second choice and top American hope I Want Revenge, winless since the 2009 Wood Memorial (G1) and fourth in the Donn Handicap (G1) last out at Gulfstream, and 6-1 third choice Red Jazz, unraced since winning the Challenge Stakes (G2) at Newmarket in October.

Skysurfers and Mufarrh battle down the stretch
Jockey Richard Mullen sent 7-1 Conveyance to the front exiting the chute and led the field through a slow opening quarter of 26.20 while being pressed by 25-1 Mufarrh and Red Jazz down the backstretch. Conveyance continued to lead on the turn but tired badly at the top of the lane, allowing Mufarrh to inherit the lead at the 3/16 pole. Favorite Skysurfers, kept in midpack by jockey Frankie Dettori, launched his bid at the 5/16 marker to pass Mufarrh inside the 1/16 pole for the hard-fought 1/2 length victory in 1:37.65. It was a long 3 1/4 lengths back to Red Jazz third.

Results Chart for the race from Racing Post which incluces a link to the video replay. Results for US wagering:

3rd RACE Meydan Racecourse - GODOLPHIN MILE (Group 2) 
13 Skysurfers     $8.20    $2.60    - 
 1 Mufarrh                $18.80    - 
 6 Red Jazz                $6.20    - 
Running time - 1:37.65

$1 Exacta 13-1               $80.30
$1 Trifecta 13-1-6         $1094.90
$1 Superfecta 13-1-6-35    $8616.10

Left: Skysurfers being led to the winner's enclosure by trainer Saeed bin Suroor. bin Suroor said, "I'd been very confident going into this race. (Post 13) was a worry for him. It's a great result and a little bit of the pressure has gone. We'll take him back to Europe for Group races, although there is no particular plan. He loves it here at Meydan and he handles the Tapeta really well. He's okay on the turf, but the main thing is that he gets a gap between races."

Right: Skysurfers before the race. Jockey Frankie Dettori said, "It was the best ride of the night but the draw was a huge worry. Luckily I was able to get a nice start and a good position. The second gave me a huge fright. If you look at his form he's a Tapeta professional. He's nowhere near as good on grass but if he wins this again next year I'll be happy."

Left: Second place finisher Mufarrh heads out to the track before the race. His jockey Richard Hills said, "I had the best trip I could have had behind the leader. He at the front but when Frankie came to me, I thought 'uh-oh', but he still ran a great race. I'm disappointed I've got beaten, but it was a fantastic run and the race of his life."

Right: Third place finisher Red Jazz before the race. His jockey Michael Hills said, "He wasn't going quite as well as I would have hoped. On the turn, he was out-muscled by Frankie's horse. He still ran on pretty well for third. It wasn't a bad effort for his first turn of the year."

The first race on Dubai World Cup night is the $250,000 Dubai Kahayla Classic (G1), a 2000 meter (about 1 1/4 mile) trip over the Tapeta track for Purebred Arabian horses. Rabah de Carrere went to the front entering the clubhouse turn and led the field down the backstretch while being stalked by Dynamite and Paris Gagner. Rabah de Carrere tired badly at the 3/8 pole allowing Paris Gagner to inherit the lead, but he tired and dropped from contention at the top of the lane. Nieshan, mid-pack early, gained the lead at the 1/8 pole but Seraphin du Paon, last early, rallied late to win by 1 length in 2:18.07. It was another 1 1/2 lengths back to No Risk Al Maury third.

Results Chart for the race from Emirates Racing Authority.

To the right is Seraphin du Paon in the winner's enclosure. Winning trainer Philippe Barbe said, "I told (Peslier) not to rush the horse, but just keep him somewhere close to the top and he would eventually go on to prove what he is capable of. He is such a great horse and I always had this confidence in him. He went in as the favourite and today he showed why so many people believed in him. He has left no doubt about himself with this victory. I am so happy for him."

Winning jockey Olivier Peslier said, "He liked the race and was doing well with the draw. I did not want to fight and come too early and felt it was better to take it like a quiet race at first with progression. I didn't really have a good place after the last turn but I know the horse has a good turn of foot and after that I saw the horse just in front of me and I knew he'd catch him."

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