South African trainers hit a sweet purple patch at Meydan on Thursday evening where Mike de Kock saddled first and third in the Gr2 Zabeel Mile, with Brett Crawford grabbing a not disgraced fourth cheque at his first ‘outing’ in Dubai.
Jim Crowley rode a beautifully judged raced on Guineas winner Janoobi, who showed the mile is his A game with a gutsy win to beat the defending champion, Championship.
Following up on his second in the Al Fahidi Fort recently, Silvano’s son Janoobi won well and may be switched to dirt as his trainer believes he will be suited to the surface and won’t stay further than the mile.
Cape Guineas winner Noah From Goa under Christophe Soumillon, was runner-up in this race last year, and stayed on well for third – possibly suggesting he will go further.
The form is good as Championship, who is trained by Ahmad bin Harmash for Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohd Al Maktoum, was one of the stars of the early part of the 2017 carnival, winning the 1400m Gr2 Al Fahidi Fort before landing the Zabeel Mile.
A R1,2 million Cape Premier Yearling Sale graduate, Janoobi was bred by Maine Chance Farms, from champion sire Silvano (Lomitas) out of the well related unraced Rakeen mare, Shasta Daisy.
Colm O’Donoghue and Brett Crawford will be very pleased with the staying on effort for fourth by Sun Met winner Whisky Baron, who was in need of it and would have found the 1600m on the short side. Members of the Kieswetter family were on hand to enjoy the occasion.
Light The Lights is the other South African-bred to have won in Dubai this year.