A very busy weekend in racing with cards all over the world. Saturday's flat potential shone, with the likes of Medan & Doncaster. Michael Halford was the first to clinch success for the Irish raiders in Dubai, coming in the form of Certerach, at a valuable price of 33/1. Certerach quickened up well to get to the front & slightly idled but the line came in time, tuning over last year's winner & favourite Cavalryman, in the Dubai Gold Cup. The result did not come without conflict. Silvestre de Sousa claimed "The winner came right across me & took my ground, otherwise I would have won". A stewards enquiry was brought to the surface, but Sheikh Mohammed (Prime Minister and Vice President of the United Arab Emirates) withdrew the objection & the result stood. The Dubai World Cup signalled the end of the meeting & some of the raiders looked to be in with a squeak. Ruler of the World & favourite, Military Attack, posed a threat to the home team in a bid to claim victory in the richest race in the game. Neither could do enough to sting African Story & Silvestre de Sousa, who rode the winner for Godolphin. A casual sixth win in this race for the Godolphin stable. De Sousa was fined approximately £280 for celebrating victory before the line. Why bother in a race worth 10 million US dollars?
There was some decent jumps racing on Sunday in the UK & Ireland respectively. Manyriverstocross rightly upholding favouritism over at Ascot, scoring for Alan King. The race was not without suspense as the verdict went to a photo finish between Bellenos & Manyriverstocross, the latter getting the vote. The 3 o'clock at Ascot looked like a tricky one to solve, with the likes of Dawalan giving the tongue-tie a go, as appose to the tried cheek pieces. Aalim, Zamoyski & Ronaldinho all also in with a shout, but none were good enough for Ravens Tower. The Green Ogre put in a big run & earned a respectable second at 25/1 managing to pip front running Ronaldinho & Town Mouse for the place. Junior & Time for Rupert headed the betting in the 4.10. Junior looked strong on paper, but when it came to getting over the fences it was to be his downfall. Every hurdle set him off the pace, so in the grand scheme of things did well to cross the line in the position he did. A big run from Hey Big Spender secured the win for the Tizzard yard & I hope some of you managed to get on at a big 22/1, seems to be a popular horse with a lot of punters.
Mullins sent Un De Sceaux to France on Saturday. The unbeaten 6 year old went off at odds on but had to see off a late challenge from main threat Gemix, to seal the deal. Touch The Eden was sent to Limerick on Sunday. The 7 year old, who jumped with meticulous precision on the most part, & got the job done tuning over the Gigginstown House Stud duo, Folsom Blue & Rouge Angel.