posted on 21/06/2012: 1291 views
Her Highness Princess Haya Bint Hussain, wife of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, tasted success at Royal Ascot yesterday.
Joviality gave her a 15th winner in Britain this season by beating favourite Chachamaidee in the Group Two Windsor Forest Stakes.
Trainer John Gosden endured the extremes of racing in 24 hours when the horse gave him a lift after the fatal injury suffered by The Nile on Tuesday in the St James' Palace Stakes.
He said: "It was a thrilling performance. We had a difficult day (on Tuesday) and it's a strange game – it's a game of vicissitudes.”
Princess Haya will now bid for more glory as the UAE has an impressive list of contenders for today's Group 1 Gold Cup. Her hopes rest with Gulf of Naples while Nehaam will represent Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance.
He won the race back in 1990 with Ashal. But it is Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin stable who are most fancied to challenge last year's winner Fame and Glory, who is owned by Dubai-based Fitri Hay.
Saeed bin Suroor, who has won the Gold Cup with Classic Cliche, Kayf Tara (twice), and Papineau, trains Colour Vision and said: "He had a good blow out on Sunday and I am looking forward to seeing how he gets on, although he wouldn't want the ground to be soft.”
Frankie Dettori will be in the saddle while Godolphin also field the Mahmood Al Zarooni-trained Opinion Poll, who was last year's runner-up.
"I have been very happy with Opinion Poll so far this year and he looks better than ever,” said Al Zarooni. "He ran two very good races at Ascot last season and returns there in very good form.” - Sport 360°
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