Gamilati and Dettori unstoppable
Stan Moore’s filly Mary Fildes put on a brave front-running display in the UAE 1000 Guineas Trial in the Dubai Carnival at Meydan yesterday before finishing third behind the victorious odds-on favourite Gamilati.
Moore, from Dromore, Co Down and now based in Lambourn, was happy with his 10-1 shot’s efforts, acknowledging that Frankie Dettori and Gamilati |(4-11) were going to take some stopping.
“We were very pleased with her run and hopefully she will continue to do well out in the sunshine,” said a very satisfied Moore last night.
“We've had a great start to the New Year with two winners this week from just four runners at home.
“Wisecraic ran well at Lingfield to get his head in front again following a couple of good runs from him recently.
“Our old favourite Rosewood Lad did the business again at Wolverhampton — nice to see him also back to winning ways.
“Back in the yard at home, all the yearlings have now become two year olds and are starting back into work this week after a little quiet time over Christmas and New Year.
“Good to see them get going again and hopefully we'll have some nice two year olds again this year to add to our total of 19 two year old winners in 2011.
“We still have a few of the older horses running on the all weather and have plans to run a couple in France in the not too distant future,” Moore added.
Gamilati (4-11) gave notice that she will be a force to be reckoned with at this year's Dubai Carnival and beyond with a fine comeback victory.
The Godolphin-owned filly was a brilliant winner of last year's Cherry Hinton Stakes at Newmarket, but was a big disappointment on her final juvenile start in the Lowther Stakes at York in August.
Making her first start since, it was no surprise that Mahmood Al Zarooni's filly was sent off the red hot favourite.
As Moore's Mary Fildes weakened, Dettori cruised up hard on the bridle on the market leader and scooted clear in the final furlong to score by two and three-quarter lengths from Alsindi.
Sheikh Mohammed, head of the Godolphin operation, said: “It's very nice for Gamilati to come back and begin her year like that.
“She didn't have much time to prepare for this and it is a good start.
“I think that we will run her in the UAE 1,000 Guineas (February 3) and then save her for Europe because a mile is her distance — no more.”
Al Zarooni said: “I am very happy with that. I don't think that the race will take a lot out of her and she should improve for her first start of the year.
“Frankie gave her a clever ride and she should have no problem with the step up to a mile.”
Angel's Pursuit came close to scoring for Tipperary trainer David Marnane, only to be mugged on the line by Firestreak in the St Imier Handicap.