MIKE de Kock won the Group 2 Al Fahidi Fort at the Dubai Carnival yet again, with Anaerobio scoring an impressive victory to give the trainer his sixth win in the turf feature since 2003.
Run over 1400m for the first time this year, dropped 200m from 1600m, the trip has proved ideal for Anaerobio, a dual Classic winner in his native Argentina.
Mohammed Khaleel’s runner has now won three consecutive races over this rather specialist trip.
Christophe Soumillon tracked Pearl Flute and Jamie Spencer before easing his mount to the front 200m out to record a comfortable victory.
“He settled well today,” said Soumillon. “He is not an easy horse and one you have to know well but he loves this 1400m trip around here and has a nice turn of foot.
“He has now won three times here over course and distance but that is obviously his best effort. I am not sure what Mike has in mind for him.”
Anaerobio (Christophe Soumillon), approaching the Meydan winner’s enclosure. (Andrew Watkins).
Mike is in South Africa at the Cape Thoroughbred Sales.
Anaerobio was completing a double for trainer and jockey after Alexandra Palace and Soumillon led close home in a 1600m all-weather handicap.
Settled well off the pace, Soumillon asked his mount to challenge 200m and the pair quickened to lead close home. Soumillon said: “I was impressed as he showed really good acceleration and is clearly a good horse. Mike may go back to turf with him, I am not sure, but he will improve for that run.”
Owned by the TMen stable, Alexndra Palace is a four-year-old South African-bred by Jet Master.
Headline photo by Andrew Watkins: Alexandra Palace (15) stormed up late under Soumillon to win.