Meydan: ‘This opens up options’ – Algiers odds halved for Dubai World Cup after another Group 2 win.
Paddy Power reduced Algiers’ odds to 6-1 (from 12) for the Dubai World Cup next month as a result of his second-round victory in the Maktoum Challenge. Algiers performed similarly to how he did in the first round, which he won at the track last month.
Under James Doyle, the progressive six-year-old owned by Simon and Ed Crisford triumphed by six lengths over a wide trip and a step up in distance.
“That was pretty good wasn’t it,” the winning rider told Racing TV. “I knew it was going to be a tricky race to ride. It’s the furthest he’s been on dirt but we just wanted to learn something today. He overraced really so to achieve what he’s done off the back of that shows he has a serious engine.”
“This horse is the best dirt horse that we have in the UAE and he’s given them a thrashing over two different trips. It’s exciting and this opens up options whether it’s here or in Saudi Arabia or both.”
With The Moonlight won her first start in Dubai by getting up to deny follow Godolphin-owned runner White Moonlight, turning the Group 2 Cape Verde into a battle of the moonlights.
The mile-long journey appeared to be the minimum for the Frankel daughter, who won the Grade 3 Saratoga Oaks while traveling last year and was suited by the pace set by the eventual runner-up. The victory was Charlie Appleby’s fourth in the last five years, and he said that With The Moonlight would probably go up in trip the next time.
“With The Moonlight is a really good filly,” winning jockey William Buick said to Racing TV. “With The Moonlight is a really good filly. This was a nice place to start her back. She was taking on some racefit fillies and did it well.”
When Valiant Prince just got up to win the Group 2 Singspiel Stakes, Appleby and Doyle, who won the first 1m4f handicap with First Ruler together, completed a treble.
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