DUBAL were the generous sponsors of Meydan's fifth meeting of the 2011 Dubai International Racing Carnival which was highlighted by the 1600m Group Three UAE 2000 Guineas. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum was present to see Splash Point win under Mickael Barzalona and supply trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni with his first UAE Classic success.
The winner carries the colours of His Excellency Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum and was reversing 1400m Trial form with runner-up Zanzamar. Al Zarooni said: "That is a great feeling and I am delighted. I am so grateful to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed and everybody for this opportunity. Splash Point ran well first time and we were hoping for a big run. Mickael did everything right."
For the second year running Skysurfers carried the Godolphin blue to victory in the Listed Firebreak Stakes under a jubilant Frankie Dettori who was always travelling strongly. The pair denied last year's UAE 2000 Guineas and Derby winner Musir to the delight of trainer Saeed bin Suroor who said: "The horse had been working very well and seems to run best when fresh. We will probably wait until [Dubai] World Cup night now and the Godolphin Mile."
Trainers from the UK were in good form with the opening 1400m DUBAL Imtiaz Trophy, won by the Jamie Osborne-trained Rakaan who was produced with a telling late challenge by Ted Durcan. Osborne said: "There is a race for him next week and hopefully we will be back for that. It is my first winner here and a great night."
The 1000m turf DUBAL Trophy was then won by Prohibit, a second UAE winner for Robert Cowell who was not present to witness it. That was a third winner of the night for jockey Christophe Soumillon who finished on four after combining with Mike De Kock for three winners.
Hunting Tower set the ball rolling when he returned to winning ways in the All-Weather 2200m DUBAL Casthouse Trophy, before Golden Sword won the 1900m DUBAL Potlines Trophy on the same surface. Both winners carried the colours of Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, as did Raihana who won the concluding Turf DUBAL Excellence Trophy over 1800m.
After their four-timer last week, the De Kock team remains in great form and they also had second and third in the Firebreak Stakes with Musir and Imbongi, as well as the runner-up in the UAE 2000 Guineas with Zanzamar.
The trainer said: "It has been another good night and it is nice to get a treble. Hunting Tower has been a great servant over the years and we thought Golden Sword was back to something like his best. Raihana ran well last time and we hoped for a big run. Obviously it would have been nice to win one of the features but Musir and Zanzamar have both run good races and perhaps, with some luck and a clear passage, Zanzamar especially could have won."