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Godolphin nab Zabeel Mile with Rileyskeepingfaith

Dubai Duty Free were the generous sponsors of the final meeting of the 2011 Dubai International Racing Carnival and the evening`s highlight, the Group Two Zabeel Mile, was won by the Mahmood Al Zarooni-trained Rileyskeepingfaith under Ahmed Ajtebi.

Running over 1600m for the first time, he stayed on strongly to the delight of his trainer who said: "He was staying on in his races over 1200m so we wanted to try him further. This looked a good opportunity and hopefully we will be back for the Godolphin Mile."

Fellow Godolphin handler Saeed Bin Suroor was in fine form and saddled a treble with Whispering Gallery winning the main support race, the Group Three DRC Gold Cup, a 3200m Turf race which is the longest contested during the UAE season.

Frankie Dettori was in the saddle, as he had been earlier on Emirates Champion in the 2200m The Dubai Duty Free Golf World Cup handicap. He quickened impressively to deny long-time leader and top-weight Mr Brock and Bin Suroor said: "We have had a good Carnival and both these are nice horses and hopefully still improving. Emirates Champion is lightly-raced and hopefully there is more to come. He is improving all the time and hopefully can continue to do so. Whispering Gallery stays very well and we will have to try him in good company in Europe to give him a chance to prove himself. He needs to improve again but hopefully he can."

Bin Suroor then saddled his 16th winner of the 2011 Carnival when Ted Durcan partnered Honour Systems to victory in the 1900m The Dubai Duty Free Double Millionaire handicap. That was to prove decisive as he finished the Carnival one ahead of Mike De Kock on 15. Christophe Soumillon beat Dettori 11-10 in the jockeys` standings.

Steele Tango encapsulates the Dubai International Racing Carnival representing the small English yard of Roger Teal and he won for a second time when landing the concluding 2000m The Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire, on Turf, under Ryan Moore.

As he had done on the opening night, he denied Bin Suroor`s Enak in a thrilling finish to the delight of the trainer who said: "It is totally amazing and a dream come true. Ryan gets on so well with this horse and we will wait and see how he is. It would be lovely to run Dubai World Cup night but, if not, we have Hong Kong or we could just go back to England."

One horse who will be in action Dubai World Cup night is JJ The Jet Plane who won the 1200m Turf handicap, The Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise in fine style for trainer Michael `Lucky` Houdalakis under Bernard Fayd`Herbe. He was giving lots of weight to his 11 rivals and will contest the Al Quoz Sprint next.

The trainer said: "He did that very nicely and we go for the Al Quoz Sprint before perhaps a trip to Singapore and/or England."

Racing opened with a 1400m Turf conditions, The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, restricted to three year olds and won by Crying Lightening who was providing her trainer Peter Chapple-Hyam with a first UAE winner. Jimmy Quinn was in the saddle on the filly owned by footballers Joey Barton and Claudio Pizarro.