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Kandar back in group form

The Doug Watson-trained Kandar Du Falgas scored an amazing victory in the Group 2 1600m Mazrat Al Ruwayah, the only Purebred Arabian race on the Meydan card on Thursday. On a night sponsored by Meydan, Pat Dobbs and Kandar Du Falgas missed the break badly and raced in rear behind a very slow pace.

Turning for home, Dobbs` mount had managed to get into contention, only to be short of room. Dobbs had to pull his mount out to challenge wide and the pair denied gallant front-runner Dynamite close home.
Watson said: "I was more than a bit worried after the break but Pat did not panic and it worked out fine in the end. That is a new track record and we will be back on the first night of the Dubai International Racing Carnival."

The opening Meydan City Corporation, a 1400m conditions race for next year`s UAE 2000 Guineas aspirants, was won by Brazil`s Energia Carioca who denied Argentine Group 1 winner Paulinho. Ridden by Bruno Reis, it was a second career win for the 3yo trained by Eduardo Martins who said: "We have to be pleased with that because the second is highly regarded. The UAE 2000 Guineas is the likely target."

The 1600m conditions race, The Meydan Hotel, was won by Derbaas for Ali Rashid Al Raihe with Royston Ffrench in the saddle as the four year old registered his second course and distance victory of the season to the delight of Ffrench: "He seems to be improving and can hopefully be a serious contender at the Carnival."

South African Mike De Kock made a flying start to his new season when Mahubo won the 1200m Meydan Freezone, denying Indian Skipper in the dying strides. Kevin Shea was in the saddle and de Kock said: "Kevin timed that to perfection and it is a great start to our season. Hopefully it bodes well for the Carnival."

The 1600m Meydan Sky Bubble was won by the Philippe Barbe-trained West Emirates who was opening his account at the eighth attempt. Kieren Fallon was in the saddle and said: "He deserved that after a narrow defeat last time."

Racing concluded with 2000m Meydan Golf Course in which Royaaty (Mubarak Bin Shafya/Xavier Ziani) held off the late challenge of Mark To Market (Doug Watson/Rory Cleary).