Dubai: What an incredible weekend it was for Dubai’s Team Godolphin who enjoyed one of their best days ever on the global flat tennis scene. Shortly after Adayar won a shock victory in the Epsom Derby (G1) in England on Saturday night, Godolphin achieved two major victories in America when Essential Quality won the Belmont Stakes (G1) and Althiqa the Just A Games Stakes (G1). by Belmont Park. Essential Quality, coached by Brad Cox, properly compensated for the only setback in his career in the Kentucky Derby (G1) by getting Hot Rod Charlie going over the length and a quarter. in the final leg of the Triple Crown. The Godolphin’s own race has now won six of its seven starts for the powerful race stall created in 1992 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai. The Belmont is the third and final race of the American Triple Crown following the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness Stakes (G1). In a race dominated by the Godolphin fillings, Althiqa delivered an impressive late run to eliminate fellow Godolphin-hoping Summer Romance in the Just a Game Stakes. The pair met for a third time this season after winning Group 2 races at Meydan during the World Cup Carnival in Dubai, while Althiqa won the Cape Verdi in January and Saeed Bin Surour’s Summer Romance landed the Balanchine next month has.
Godolphin has now won seven Group 1 races this year out of a score of 239 winners. Overall, the stable has won 340 Group 1 successes since 1992 with 6,815 winners. “What a tribute it is to Sheikh Mohammed,” Jimmy Bell, president of Godolphin in the US, told the stable’s website. ‘It represents his breeding and racing program. We are delighted to be a part of that and it’s great to be on this stage to represent him. This is just a great day for the Godolphin team. ” Hugh Anderson, managing director of Godolphin (UK and Dubai), agrees with Bell’s sentiment, saying: ” The Group 1 win over the quality of the Derby, the Just a Game Stakes and the Belmont Stakes is proof of the international strength of Godolphin at the moment. . It is exciting to be a part of this team and wonderful to be able to repay the loyalty and dedication that His Highness Sheikh Mohammed shows us. I’m ready to be proven wrong, but I think this should be one of the best days in Godolphin’s history. ” Brad Cox, who trains Essential Quality, was exuberant in his praise for the Godolphin team and its founder and inspiration. “I want to thank Sheikh Mohammed. “He has been supporting us for the past two years and Godolphin is a great organization, a world-class organization,” the American said. “We would not be here without this wonderful horse and his support, so I want to thank him very much.”