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|16 January, 2019

Dubai's Godolphin look to keep excellent Cape Verdi record

Four-year-old Poetic Charm is among the favourite

Horse Racing - Dubai World Cup 2018 - Meydan Racecourse, Dubai - United Arab Emirates - March 31, 2018 - Christophe Soumillon rides Thunder Snow from Ireland to the finish line to win the Final Race. Image used for illustrative purpose.

Horse Racing - Dubai World Cup 2018 - Meydan Racecourse, Dubai - United Arab Emirates - March 31, 2018 - Christophe Soumillon rides Thunder Snow from Ireland to the finish line to win the Final Race. Image used for illustrative purpose.

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Godolphin have dominated the roll of honour in the mile race for fillies and mares, with six victories in the past eight years and now they have three runners to continue their fine record in the G2 Cape Verdi on turf, which is the highlight of week three of the Dubai World Cup Carnival at Meydan on Thursday.

Sajjhaa (2013), Very Special (2016 & 2017) and Promising Run (2018) are the previous winners for the royal blue silks.

Four-year-old Poetic Charm (Charlie Appleby/James Doyle, drawn two of the seven runners) twice ran well over a mile in France last year, finishing second in the G3 Prix de Lieurey at Deauville in August and swooping late to land a Longchamp Listed race the following month.

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The daughter of Dubawi makes her first appearance since finishing down the field in the G3 Pin Oak Valley View Stakes over an extended mile at Keeneland, USA, on Friday, 19 October.

"Poetic Charm showed a good level of form out in France last season, but things didn't go right for her in Keeneland, where she was drawn very wide," Charlie Appleby told Godolphin website.

"She has done well out in Dubai and will be a major player if she brings her French form to the table," he added.

Asoof (Saeed bin Suroor/Christophe Soumillon, drawn three), also a four-year-old Dubawi filly, scored three times in 10-furlong handicaps in the UK last year and makes her Pattern race debut after coming home third in another handicap over a mile and a quarter at Newmarket on Saturday, 6 October.

Victory Wave (Saeed bin Suroor/Kevin Stott, drawn five) gained four wins in the UK during 2018, her first year of racing, including a length success in a Polytrack handicap at Chelmsford City.

The five-year-old mare steps up in class and trip after coming home sixth in a seven-furlong turf handicap at Meydan on Thursday, 3 January.

"Victory Wave has come on for her first run of the year and has been working well," Saeed bin Suroor was quoted by Godolphin website.

"This is a step up and she is coming up against some nice fillies, but I am looking for a good run.

"Asoof has done very well since coming out to Dubai. She is a small filly, but has been working really nicely.

"The drop back to a mile will not be a problem and I am hoping for a decent performance."

Godolphin has runners on all five of Thursday's supporting races with Laieth (Saeed bin Suroor/Sam Hitchcott, drawn three), a lightly-raced four-year-old son of Dubawi, switching to dirt and dropping down in distance for the eight-runner six-furlong handicap, having won on two of his four starts on the All-Weather in the UK.

Desert Frost (Saeed bin Suroor/Antonio Fresu, drawn five of the 11 runners) also races on dirt for the first time in the mile handicap, with the five-year-old having won twice on turf over six furlongs.

Last season's G2 Dubai Gold Cup sixth Red Galileo (Saeed bin Suroor/Christophe Soumillon) tries for a second handicap victory over 14 furlongs at Meydan, with G3-runner up Ispolini (Charlie Appleby/James Doyle) stepping up in trip in the same race. Both are sons of Dubawi.

Six Godolphin contenders for the 10-furlong turf handicap includes the Saeed bin Suroor-trained trio of course and distance scorer Mountain Hunter (Christophe Soumillon), plus unexposed five-year-olds Big Challenge (Kevin Stott) and High End (Pat Cosgrave).

The trio are joined by Newmarket heritage handicap victor First Nation (Brett Doyle), Celestial Spheres (James Doyle) and Nordic Lights (Colm O'Donoghue), who are trained by Charlie Appleby.

Both of Godolphin's principal trainers are also represented in the closing mile turf handicap, with Saeed bin Suroor responsible for Bedouin's Story (Tadgh O'Shea), Desert Fire (Chris Hayes) and Race Day (Rowan Scott).

In the same race, Charlie Appleby relies on Newmarket Listed winner Key Victory (James Doyle) and 2017 Listed Meydan Classic runner-up Fly At Dawn (Colm O'Donoghue).

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