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Godolphin enjoys the Cape Verdi aspect

Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa were the generous sponsors of Thursday`s second meeting of the 2011 Dubai International Racing Carnival and it was a big night for Godolphin.

Trainer Saeed bin Suroor and jockey Frankie Dettori combined to land a memorable double with Aspectoflove completing the brace when scoring in the featured Group Two Cape Verdi.

Surprisingly it was a first win in the 1600m Turf feature, restricted to fillies and mares and a deserved first UAE victory for Aspectoflove who was runner-up in both this and the Balanchine last year.

Bin Suroor said: "We were hopeful as she had been working very well and is an improved filly this year after a good campaign in Europe. We will bring her back for the Balanchine."

Spring Of Fame initiated the double in the 1900m All-Weather Al Sarab Trophy, and bin Suroor finished the night on 99 Dubai International Racing Carnival winners.

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum saw his colours carried to victory twice by his retained jockey Richard Hills who won the UAE 2000 Guineas Trial on Zanzamar, his first mount for South African Mike De Kock who won this 1400m All-Weather contest last year with Musir subsequent winner of the UAE 2000 Guineas and Derby.

Hills said: "He is a lazy sort and needs every yard of that trip. Hopefully the 1600m UAE 1000 Guineas will suit him and he seems a nice prospect. That was my first ride for Mike so I am particularly pleased."

Hills wasted no time returning to the winner`s enclosure and promptly doubled up on Derbaas who won the 1600m Falcon Turf Trophy for Champion Trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe, himself completing a double having saddled Happy Dubai to win the 1000m turf handicap under Ahmed Ajtebi.

It was the first race over the minimum trip on the Meydan Turf.

De Kock was also in double form having won the opening 1400m Masala Trophy with Solid Choice under Christophe Soumillon. The South African was in good spirits and said: "Solid Choice deserved that after some good efforts last year in tough races. Zanzamar will be better over further and the horses are running well."

One time French Derby hopeful Simon De Montfort made a winning UAE debut on his first start for Mahmmod Al Zarooni when landing the concluding Turf handicap, the 1200m Al Forsan Trophy under Kieren Fallon.

Al Zarooni said: "They are two nice horses and it is great to get them bacl on the track. We will see how they are and what the handicapper does before making further plans."