NEWMARKET, ENGLAND // Fly At Dawn will be aimed at the UAE 2,000 Guineas after the Godolphin colt lengthened away to win a Nursery race here on Thursday.
On paper the 1,600-metre contest was nothing special but the manner with which the American-bred colt finished off his rivals mid-race suggests brighter things are around the corner.
Fly At Dawn was ridden confidently by William Buick for trainer Charlie Appleby.
With 600 metres to go he took the lead and powered up the hill to beat Richard Hannon’s Whip Nae Nae by three-quarters of a length.
Fly At Dawn is by Discreet Cat, the 2006 Cigar Mile winner, out of an American-bred mare called Emirates Girl who was owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
As such he is perfect for the dirt surface of Meydan, and will be heading to Dubai this winter.
“He won his first two races and I was pleased with his last run at Kempton when he was beaten,” Appleby said.
“He does what he’s good at, gets into a nice rhythm and sees the trip out well. He did it nicely, so he’s earned a trip to Dubai for the winter now, probably. The UAE Guineas is a likely target for him. He has the pedigree for it.”
Eminent added the latest chapter to the Frankel story when becoming the first son of the famous racehorse to run and win on the Rowley Mile, where Frankel memorably blitzed the field in the English 2,000 Guineas five years ago.
Eminent put in a blazing performance to win the opening maiden for champion jockey contender Jim Crowley.
Hannon was on the mark when Larchmont Lad put his name forward for next season’s English 2,000 Guineas with a gritty performance in the Tattersalls Stakes.
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