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Friday 24 November 2017

De Kock plunders Meydan feature

MIKE de Kock got his 2012 Dubai Carnival off to the perfect start as classy filly Mahbooba showed the boys the way home in the Longines-sponsored Al Rashidiya Trial.

The South African handler has enjoyed plenty of success in Dubai, and showed his intent for this year's fiesta of racing with victory in the opening night feature.

Laajooj and Derbaas led Mahbooba into the straight, but the filly picked them up with ease and pulled right away for an impressive win.

Godolphin enjoyed a fine first night with three winners.

Sarrsar (9/2) swept home in the hands of Mickael Barzalona to deny fellow Godolphin inmate Capponi in the Longines Conquest Collection Handicap.

Saeed bin Suroor was soon on the mark again, with Dettori this time doing the steering on Honour System in the Longines Prima Luna.

European raiders dominated the finish of the Longines Column Wheel Chronograph Handicap, with David Nicholls taking top honours with Addictive Dream.

David Marnane's Irish contender Nocturnal Affair filled the runner-up spot.

Colm O'Donoghue was the winner of the Meydan Masters International Jockeys Championship Handicap. The Irish rider's mount, Furnace, was all out at the finish, but narrowly held off the Dettori-ridden favourite Paschendale and Tom Queally on Masaalek.

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