MIKE de Kock added a victory in the Racing at Meydan feature on Saturday evening to the two Dubai World Cup carnival handicaps he claimed on Thursday.
The six-race card, presented by Longines also gave British Champion Jockey, Richard Hughes a great opportunity to advertise his skills and he partnered the last two winners on a six race card.
The penultimate race, a 1600m turf handicap, looked wide open on paper and so it proved, with a plethora of runners holding chances from 100m out. Yet it was Hughes who gained the day, driving home Red Duke to lead close home and deny stable companion Alhebayeb in a frantic finish. Lehaaf finished just behind them in fifth. (see headline photo, Red Duke with yellow cap, Al Habeyeb on his outside).
Mike said: “We had four in the race and knew they were all capable of a big run. Obviously a 1-2 is a great result and continues our good run after a double on Thursday.”
Red Duke is owned by the partnership of Mohammed Khaleel, Chubby Chandler, Lee Westwood and the Hands-On Syndicate.
Richard Hughes returns victorious, Red Duke. (Photos by Andrew Watkins).