Long John in Derby glory bid
Published 14/02/2014 | 01:30
LONG John looks bound for the UAE Derby after a scintillating display in the UAE 2000 Guineas at Meydan.
Winner of the Caulfield Guineas in October when carrying Sheikh Mohammed's colours, the Godolphin-owned gelding, an Australian import, burst clear with a blistering turn of foot on the turn for home.
Taking several lengths out of the field in a matter of strides under Mickael Barzalona, Long John (7-4 favourite) ran out an emphatic winner for trainer Charlie Appleby in his first race since leaving Peter Snowden after running in the Cox Plate.
He stormed past the line four and a quarter lengths clear of the Saeed bin Suroor-trained Emirates Flyer, with Wednaan a further length and a quarter back in third.
"I must give Peter Snowden's team a big thank you. They gave us a lot of information about the horse and they were 100 per cent spot on," Appleby said.
"The decision where we go next will be made by Sheikh Mohammed and Simon Crisford (racing manager), but I see no reason why we shouldn't head on to the UAE Derby. I can't see 10 furlongs being a problem on that evidence."
Russian Soul (15-2) came from off the pace to claim the Group Three Al Shindagha Sprint for trainer Michael Halford.
Shane Foley brought the six-year-old with a perfect run to lead a furlong and a half out and hold David Marnane's Jamesie by a length as Irish raiders grabbed the first two places in the six-furlong contest.
Halford said: "It was a very good performance.
"He'll run on Super Saturday and then he'll go for the Golden Shaheen."