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Skysurfers a popular local winner of Godolphin Mile

The highly fancied Godolphin runner Skysurfers survived a spirited dual down the Meydan straight to win the 18th running of the US $1 million Group Two Godolphin Mile sponsored by Etisalat, getting the 1600m 1:37.65.

A full field of 14 started in the $1million purse 1600m race on the All-Weather surface.

A little reluctant to load, Skysurfers (GB) broke well from the gates and settled midfield. Another horse representing the UAE – Conveyance - was sent straight to the lead with I Want Revenge and As De Trebol on his heels.

The order would not change as the horses rounded the final turn: Conveyance leading I Want Revenge into the straight.

At the 300m mark Skysurfers and Mufarrah made their move. As an enthusiastic local crowd rose as one to cheer them home, the Godolphin and His HIghness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum runners challenged stride for stride in a scintillating duel.

Skysurfers stuck his head in front at the 50m mark and was able to hold on by half a length; Red Jazz (who also won the prize for best turned out horse) finishing 3 and a quarter lengths third.

The result was another Godolphin Mile win to the Godolphin team. It was the eighth time that trainer Saeed bin Suroor has trained the winner of the race and the sixth time that Dettori has ridden the winner.

“We knew he was coming into the race in very good form,” said winning trainer Saeed bin Suroor. “He was traveling well turning for home. Mufarrah was very tough, but I was always confident that he and Frankie would get there.”

Dettori had made no secret of his horse’s draw being an unfavorable one and was forced to travel three wide for much of the race but said: “The draw made a couple of lengths difference, but he`s got tactical speed, so I got to where I wanted to be and then he got into a nice rhythm. I knew I had the best horse. Mufarrah made me work but we got there in the end.”

Skysurfers is a five year old entire by E Dubai ex Fortune (IRE) y Night Shift. The horse – who finished third in last year’s running of the race is a stakes winning Dubai International Racing Carnival graduate; his last start on February 10 seeing success in the Firebreak Stakes where he defeated this year’s Dubai World Cup hopeful Musir.