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Mahooba storms to victory in the desert

Mike de Kock has major Carnival prizes in mind for Mahbooba after she struck gold in the UAE 1000 Guineas at Meydan.

The 8-11 favourite had chased home reopposing stable companion Reem in a trial at the track last month but, 7lb better off at the weights, Mahbooba had no trouble turning the tables in the Etislat-sponsored contest.

Ridden by Christophe Soumillon, the four-year-old passed the post with three and three-quarter lengths in hand over Reem, with fellow South African Chocolicious back in third.

“Christophe always wanted to be handy, and she has made the expected improvement,” said De Kock.

“Certainly on pedigree the further she goes the better she'll be. We'll go for the Oaks next and I've always maintained that she's a Derby filly who would have a chance.

“Raihana ran second last year and this filly is every bit as good, if not better.”

De Kock and Soumillon went on to complete a quickfire double as 7-4 favourite Star Empire swooped late to claim the eLife Handicap.

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Hong Kong raider Dynamic Blitz (14-1) lived up to his name with a dominant performance in the Group Three Al Shindagha Sprint.

David Simcock's 14-1 shot Lord Of The Stars put up a fine performance from the front in the Meydan Classic Trial. Tadhg O'Shea's mount took a couple of lengths out of the field turning for home and kept up the gallop to readily beat Krypton Factor.

De Kock put the seal on a splendid evening by saddling another two winners. Bold Silvano was the most noteworthy victor when emerging successful in round two of the Al Maktoum Challenge.

De Kock had earlier brought home the three-timer when 14-1 shot Warsaw, ridden by Kevin Shea, came from last to first to take the My Plan Handicap.


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