Ispolini was a ready winner of a race marred by a serious injury to Brundtland, in the Group Three Nad Al Sheba Trophy at Meydan.

Seven went to post for this 1 ¾ mile contest, a possible trial for the Dubai Gold Cup.

Red Galileo took the field along from Brundtland, who raced wide, with Zamaam tucked in against the rail in third, as the field scrimmaged on the first bend.

Racing down the back, there was little change in the order, as Red Galileo led from Brundtland and Zamaam, with Bin Battuta next.

As the field left the back, William Buick moved Brundtland up to the leader’s withers, but disaster struck on the bend, as he broke down badly.

Red Galileo turned for home in front, but Mickael Barzalona came with a smooth run down the outside, on Ispolini, who had been held up.

Ispolini shot clear and went on to win by perhaps ten lengths from Red Galileo, with Bin Battuta just holding off Suspicious Mind for third.

This was a fine victory for the Charlie Appleby trained four year-old, but the trainer’s thoughts will have been very mixed after what happened to Brundtland.