Commanding lands the UAE 2,000 Guineas Trial
Commanding won a tight finish to the UAE 2,000 Guineas Trial at Meydan.
Sixteen contested this one-mile race on the dirt.
From the gates it was Far Sky who took them along.
He was still to the fore with Dubai Avenue, as they left the back and turned for home.
At that point, Al Modayar was soon into the lead and moved two lengths clear, with Commanding and Richard Mullen gradually wearing them down.
It looked as though Al Modayar would hold on, but right at the death Commanding overhauled him to win by a short head, with Dark Of Night finishing fast and late to the outside, to end up just a short head further back in third.
Benbatl imperious in the Singspiel Stakes
Benbatl oozed class as he easily landed the Group Two Singspiel Stakes at Meydan.
Five took part in this nine-furlong race on the turf.
Christophe Soumillon quickly had Benbatl in front and the Saeed Bin Suroor-trained six year-old was able to dominate.
For The Top gave chase, but with 1 ½ furlongs to race, Benbatl pulled clear and none of his four rivals had any answer.
Benbatl stretched to an effortless 4 ¾ length win over For The Top, with Majestic Mambo claiming third.
Kimbear edges home at Meydan
Kimbear won a close battle for the Group Two Al Maktoum Challenge Round One at Meydan.
A field of seven took part in this one-mile race on the dirt.
North America so impressive a year ago, went into the early lead from Heavy Metal, with former Ebor winner Muntazah to the inside.
Racing out of the back straight, Heavy Metal came to join North America, with Muntazah to the outside with Secret Ambition, while Kimbear raced to the inside.
North America turned for home with a two length lead, but had not shaken off Secret Ambition or Kimbear.
The two reeled in the leader and the three horses flashed past the post almost in a line.
It was Kimbear and Pat Dobbs who were called winners by a short-head from Secret Ambition, with the same gap back to North America.