Meydan

  • 16:50 UAE 2000 Guineas Trial Sponsored By Dubai Duty Free Jumeirah Creekside 7f

  • Winner 104,768 2nd 39,629 3rd 19,689 4th 9,009
  • Going: Standard
  • Surface: Sand

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Off time: 16:51:24
16:50 Meydan Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Soft Falling Rain (SAF) 7/4
2nd I'm Back (IRE) 12/1
3rd Snowboarder (USA) 12/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (6) 1111- Royal Blue, White epaulets, striped cap Soft Falling Rain (SAF) 264
4 9-11 M F De Kock P Hanagan 7/42.75
2 (11) 1- Yellow, Blue chevron, Yellow sleeves, Blue cap El Estruendoso (ARG) 261
Distance Winner
4 9-4 M F De Kock C Soumillon 6/17.00
3 (8) 21511- Yellow, blue chevron, yellow sleeves, white cap Zahee (NZ) 128
Distance Winner
4 9-4 M F De Kock Johnny Geroudis 14/115.00
4 (5) 313911- pink, emerald green chevron, pink and emerald green halved sleeves, quartered cap Glass Office 131
3 8-10 D M Simcock J P Spencer 93 4/15.00
5 (4) 212007- Dark blue, orange star, dark blue sleeves, dark blue, orange star cap Bircham (IRE) 97
3 8-8 I Mohammed Antioco Murgia 82 100/1101.00
6 (2) 33222- royal Blue, white striped sleeves, yellow cap Bravo Youmzain (IRE) 90
3 8-8 A Al Raihe Harry Bentley 82 33/134.00
7 (7) 24231-5 Royal Blue, White striped sleeves, White cap Desert Of Dreams 14
Course Winner
3 8-8 A Al Raihe R Ffrench 83 28/129.00
8 (10) 155331- Royal blue, royal blue sleeves, royal blue cap Filfil (USA) 72
Distance Winner
3 8-8 M Al Zarooni M Barzalona 79 14/115.00
9 (14) 15131- Royal blue, royal blue sleeves, red cap I'm Back (IRE) 106
Distance Winner
3 8-8 t1 Saeed bin Suroor S De Sousa 83 12/113.00
10 (9) 173435- Yellow, light blue chevron, red cap Luhaif 88
Distance Winner
3 8-8 M R Channon Martin Harley 105 14/115.00
11 (1) 421-4 red, black stars, red sleeves, red cap Related 14
Distance Winner
3 8-8 E Oertel T P O'Shea 80 20/121.00
12 (3) 12121- Dark green, dark green sleeves, red, dark green diamond cap Snowboarder (USA) 98
Distance Winner
3 8-8 M Al Zarooni K Fallon 94 12/113.00
13 (12) 435224- Dark green, dark green sleeves, white cap Tarbawi (IRE) 63
Beaten Favourite
3 8-8 M bin Shafya T E Durcan 75 50/151.00
14 (13) 133- Royal blue, royal blue sleeves, white cap Timoneer (USA) 139
Distance Winner
3 8-8 M Al Zarooni Ahmed Ajtebi 100 12/113.00
Non runners
1572237-Ormindo (USA)38-8M bin ShafyaReserve 176
16637111-Ouzinkie (IRE)38-8A Al RaiheReserve 264
17846-Price Is Truth (USA)38-8S SeemarReserve 3
185550-Constans (IRE)38-8E OertelReserve 4

Verdict

The Singapore-based Dark Matter surprised better fancied rivals in this last year and though Soft Falling Rain will probably start a short-priced favourite there are reasons to oppose him. Mike De Kock's charge was bred in the southern hemisphere so has extra weight to carry as a consequence. He's also penalised for landing a Group 1 at Turffontein last April and has to concede over a stone to GLASS OFFICE and it's Dave Simcock's charge who gets the vote. He was very impressive when landing the Group 3 Sirenia Stakes on Polytrack at Kempton and will take some beating in that kind of form. Mike De Kock also runs another pair of southern-breds in El Estruendoso and Zahee and they should be kept a close eye on for the future as should Timoneer, who had decent form in the UK but isn't well drawn here. Snowboarder had Luhaif just behind when scoring at Kempton in October and the latter's best form has come on Turf.