Double delight for Barzalona as jockey ends drought

The jockey punched the air as he won the UAE 2000 Guineas aboard Kinglet, having partnered Godolphin's Spring Of Fame to victory 40 minutes earlier.

Mickael Barzalona's skills have been overshadowed this season by more experienced riders, but last night the 20-year-old jockey finally found reward for his considerable abilities at the Meydan racecourse.

The jockey punched the air as he won the UAE 2000 Guineas aboard Mahmood Al Zarooni's Kinglet, having partnered Godolphin's Spring Of Fame to victory 40 minutes earlier.

Before riding the first two thoroughbred winners on the card, Barzalona had not entered the winners' enclosure at the racetrack since the opening night of this season's World Cup Carnival - that's 20 mounts without success.

Since early last month, the Frenchman had ridden 10 horses to second place, many of those behind some of the finest riders in the world.

Compatriot Olivier Peslier and Christophe Soumillon have shared six championships between them, while Kenichi Ikezoe, the Japanese jockey, can boast 16 Group 1 victories. And then, of course, there is Frankie Dettori, who for the past three weeks has put the young pretender in his place.

Last week, Dettori outpointed his rival when Gamilati beat stablemate Pimpernel, while a fortnight ago Capponi edged out Sarrsar by a short head. A week before that, Prince Bishop thrashed Spring Of Fame, but all that was forgotten last night as Godolphin won five of the six races, without the Italian partnering a winner.

"Kinglet had the benefit of Mickael," said Al Zarooni after the Guineas. Barzalona now has the benefit of a few wins.

 

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Published: February 10, 2012 04:00 AM

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