Royal God Wins Meydan`s Feature Race On Spring Meet`s Closing Night

On a domestic Meydan evening kindly sponsored by Zabeel Feedmill, Royal God was the impressive winner of the featured Dubai Millennium (GB) with Wayne Smith in the saddle for his main employer Musabah Al Muhairi.

Settled in mid-division, Smith made smooth progress turning for home before hitting the front 300m out and running on strongly. Smith said: "He has had his problems this horse but has a lot of ability. He traveled very strongly and hopefully will improve from this."

Both jockey and trainer were completing doubles as Smith had earlier made all on Energia Central in the opening 1800m maiden, the Cezanne (GB) to supply trainer Eduardo Martins with his third winner of the campaign.

Well away, Smith kicked his mount clear 600m out and never looked likely to be caught. He explained: "He was always happy in front and quickened when I asked him. It was not a great race but he has done it nicely."

Wayne`s brother David then followed him into the winner`s enclosure after partnering Wadi Wandered to win the Dover Straits (USA) for Al Muhairi, he was never far off the pace before kicking for home over 200m out. Smith said: "We were very hopeful of a big run and he certainly has not let us down."

After the 1200m Spindrift (IRE) an objection was lodged and sustained, resulting with Qamar being awarded the race at the expense of Innocucious who passed the post in front of him but had hampered the other horse 300m out. Trained by Ismail Mohammed, Qamar ran on strongly under Tadhg O`Shea and left stewards with little option but to reverse the placings.

O`Shea said: "I would have won with a clear run and he is a young, progressive horse and a nice prospect."
Count Paris and Jesus Rosales landed the 1400 Tamayaz (CAN) for trainer Abdulla Bin Huzaim who said: "We have had a good season and the horses have been running well."

Cadre then denied top-weight in the 2200m Kammtarra (USA) under Xavier Ziani. He is trained by Mubarak Bin Shafya and Ziani said: "The yard have given me some good opportunities this year and it has gone well."

The concluding 2000m Nabhaan (IRE) was won easily by Dr Faustus. Settled well off the pace by Pat Dobbs, he cruised into contention 300m out and won going away to the delight of his trainer, Doug Watson, who said: "We have had a few go close tonight so it is nice to get a change of luck. That was a great ride from Pat and a great end to the evening."