Meydan, Turf, 1800m

8 March 2014

Meydan Racecourse’s Super Saturday dress rehearsal for Dubai World Cup night in three weeks concluded with the second Group 1 Thoroughbred contest of the evening, the 1800m Jebel Hatta and the Mike de Kock-trained Vercingetorix maintained his unbeaten record.

Winner of all his four starts in his native South Africa, De Kock’s charge made a winning local debut in a handicap over this 1800m turf course and distance, the same conditions as the Group 1 Dubai Duty Free on Dubai World Cup night.

Stable companion, Anaerobio made the running under Pat Cosgrave with Christophe Soumillon never far away on the eventual winner.

As the pair turned into the straight, Cosgrave’s mount drifted off the rail, with Soumillon steering his mount into the space. They hit the front going well but Cosgrave’s mount fought back, forcing Soumillon to resort to the whip.

It was only in the final 100m that victory was assured, with Anaerobio losing second close home to Vancouverite.

De Kock said: “He is a very useful horse but it is hard to know just how good because he only ever does enough. In all his races he has travelled really well and gone to the front easily before quickening. He then tends to stop and wait for some company - as Christophe discovered last time. It is great to win a Group 1 here with him and the Dubai Duty Free is the obvious target. He did not take the travel and quarantine well and we are delighted to have him back at his best.”

Soumillon and De Kock were completing a turf double, having earlier won the Meydan Sprint with Shea Shea.

Extracts from Dubai Racing Club