Meydan

  • 17:17 Dubai Sheema Classic Presented By Longines 1m 4f

  • Winner 3,000,000 2nd 1,000,002 3rd 500,001 4th 249,997
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Sand

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Off time: 17:20:02
17:17 Meydan Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Gentildonna (JPN) 4/1
2nd Cirrus Des Aigles (FR) 9/1
3rd My Ambivalent (IRE) 50/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (1) 714-411 Blue Excellent Result (IRE) 21
Distance Winner
4 8-13 Saeed bin Suroor S De Sousa 99 12/113.00
2 (2) 6342-77 Black, black sleeves, red cap Mars (IRE) 21
4 8-13 h M F De Kock R Hughes 118 25/126.00
3 (3) 131452- Black, Yellow yoke, Blue sleeves, Blue cap Denim And Ruby (JPN) 125
4 8-8 K Sumii S Hamanaka 13/27.50
4 (4) 17/1191- Blue, orange disc, blue, orange striped sleeves, blue, orange striped cap Magician (IRE) 147
Distance Winner
4 8-13 A P O'Brien J P O'Brien 122 5/23.50
5 (5) 58239-3 Grey, beige star, grey, beige stars sleeves, grey, beige stars cap Mount Athos (IRE) 21
Distance Winner
7 9-0 M Botti K Fallon 115 16/117.00
6 (6) 28053-6 Yellow, blue stars, yellow, blue stars sleeves, yellow cap Dunaden (FR) 51
Distance Winner
8 9-0 M Delzangles J P Spencer 117 16/117.00
7 (7) 0/23192- Yellow, blue disc, blue, yellow halved sleeves, blue, yellow diamonds cap My Ambivalent (IRE) 202
Distance Winner
5 8-9 h R Varian Andrea Atzeni 108 50/151.00
8 (8) 3103-24 Red, black seams, White and Emerald Green striped sleeves, White cap Meandre (FR) 21
Distance Winner
6 9-0 D Watson P J Dobbs 122 33/134.00
9 (9) 51/303- Blue, orange disc, blue, orange striped sleeves, blue cap Festive Cheer (FR) 273
4 8-13 A P O'Brien S Heffernan 111 20/121.00
10 (10) 3251-11 Grey, gold braid, grey sleeves, red cap Dubday 30
Distance Winner
4 8-13 J Ghazali L Dettori 25/126.00
11 (11) 22561-1 Yellow, black star, black sleeves, yellow armlets, black cap Twilight Eclipse (USA) 42
Distance Winner
5 9-0 t1 Thomas Albertrani Jose Lezcano 33/134.00
12 (12) 1/2321-6 Black, red cross belts, black and yellow striped sleeves, red cap Gentildonna (JPN) 41
Distance Winner
5 8-9 h S Ishizaka R L Moore 4/15.00
13 (13) 2024D-2 White, black checked, blue sleeves, blue cap Empoli (GER) 37
4 8-13 P Schiergen A de Vries 25/126.00
14 (14) 3081-83 White, maroon hoop, white, maroon hooped sleeves, white, maroon quartered cap Dominant (IRE) 34
Distance Winner
6 9-0 h J S Moore J Moreira 110 12/113.00
15 (15) 51123-4 Grey, maroon braces, grey, maroon striped sleeves, grey, maroon striped cap Cirrus Des Aigles (FR) 25
Distance Winner
8 9-0 Mme C Barbe C Soumillon 123 9/110.00

Verdict

GENTILDONNA, runner-up to St Nicholas Abbey in this a year ago, faces another stiff test against some top-class opposition including her compatriot Denim And Ruby, who just failed to catch her in the Japan Cup in November when Dunaden stayed on strongly to be beaten less than 2l. The runner-up is lightly-raced and may just have more scope but the winner has track knowledge which can just swing things her way. Cirrus Des Aigles beat St NIcholas Abbey in this two years ago but wasn't quite up to that level last season and was beaten the four times he ran at Group 1 level. The Irish 2000 Guineas winner Magician put a poor run at Royal Ascot behind him to beat The Fugue in the Breeders' Cup Turf with Twilight Eclipse back in sixth. With much more to come this season he looks certain to give a good account though he'll probably not be quite as wound up as some of the opposition.