Nashmiah wins UAE 1000 Guineas
Nashmiah caused a mighty upset when stretching her unbeaten record to four with a narrow victory in the UAE 1000 Guineas at Meydan.
Jockey Mickael Barzalona
The filly, trained and bred in Saudi Arabia, kept pulling out more for a positive Mickael Barzalona ride to stun the crowd who had expected the hot favourite Really Special to take the Classic for Godolphin.
The Saeed bin Suroor-trained filly ran far too free and eventually finished fifth as Nashmiah (40-1) came out on top for trainer Nicholas Bachalard.
Nomorerichblondes finished strongly to be just a head behind the winner at the line, with the Richard Fahey-trained Rajar a length and a quarter away in third place.
"I told Mickael before the race that this filly had never been as good. She had been training really well and probably needed her last race. That came after a two-month lay-off," said Bachalard.
"I thought if she could go back to her second race she might have a slight chance, but it's never easy to compare form.
"He probably had to use more than he wanted to to get to the lead, but it paid off.
"Her first race she came from off the pace, so she can do whatever we want really.
"For a Saudi-bred horse to come here is not easy. It was a lot for her to handle and she has been very professional."
Barzalona said: "I knew my filly was very tough because when I rode her last time (in Saudi Arabia) she fought all the way in the straight, so I knew she was going to keep going.
"She proved tonight she is a top-class filly and has a big heart."
Adrie De Vries took the jockey honours with a 2,209-1 treble on Top Score, Krypton Factor and Salateen.
Krypton Factor (25-1), who showed he was no back number at the age of nine with a smooth victory in the Jaguar F-PACE Handicap.
The Fawzi Nass-trained sprinter, winner of the Golden Shaheen in 2012, cut a dash as he struck by a length and a half from David Marnane's Irish raider Jamesie with the Ian Williams-trained Sir Maximilian third.
Salateen (33-1), trained by David O'Meara, just held on from Charlie Appleby's Flash Fire and the Richard Hannon-trained Oh This Is Us.
The first leg of the De Vries treble came on Top Score, although the 6-4 favourite had to work hard to deny newcomer Nobelium in the Meydan Classic Trial.
Top Score's connections of Godolphin and Bin Suroor completed a double when Alabaster (9-1) battled back for Oisin Murphy after being headed to claim the Range Rover Sport Handicap.
Murphy set sail for home on the former American-trained five-year-old on the final turn but he looked beaten when Etijaah took a narrow lead in the final furlong.
Godolphin's other runner, the Charlie Appleby-trained Emotionless, arrived late on the scene under William Buick to dead-heat for second with Etijaah, a neck behind the winner.
The Appleby-trained Folkswood (4-1) gave Godolphin a treble when lifting the Jaguar F-Type Handicap in the hands of Colm O'Donoghue.
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