Review: UAE 2000 Guineas ( Horses, Racecard, Video 2020)
Reddam Racing’s Fore Left romped to victory in the US$250,000 UAE 2000 Guineas with a 16-strong field of 16 strong under William Buick winning by 1¾ lengths. Zabardast was runner-up under Mickael Barzalona, while the Satish Seemar-trained pair of Emblem Storm and Lake Causeway completed the top four with one length between them.
Trained by Doug O’Neill, Fore Left became the earliest-ever American to win during the DWC Carnival and first Group winner, while winning his third career stakes race. The son of Twirling Candy won Belmont Park’s Tremont Stakes last summer and this past autumn’s Sunny Slope at Del Mar.
The $100,000 Meydan Classic Trial over 1400m on turf was a rousing way to start the card, with undefeated Uruguayan filly Bella Fever, owned by Chad Summers (J Stables) & Victor Azambullo and trained by Mike De Kock, overcame a lacklustre start to close resolutely between horses in the final 400m under a masterfully patient ride by Dane O’Neill. Settled midpack until the turning for home, she switched out, split horses and outpaced market favourite Final Song, despite carrying 4kgs more than her Godolphin-owned rival.