Meydan round-up: muddy track suits Summer in Mile

Doug Watson landed the Godolphin Mile for the second year running as Second Summer triumphed on the muddy dirt track.

Ridden by Pat Dobbs, Second Summer stayed on strongly to see off outsider Ross in a tight finish.

Racing over what is considered an inadequate trip, Second Summer seemed well suited by the rain-softened track.

British runner Gifted Master, trained by Hugo Palmer and ridden by Ryan Moore, took up a good early position but faded in the home straight.

Giving his verdict on the track, jockey Colm O’Donoghue said: “The pace was strong. I thought the track was better – it’s tight and the kickback was not as fierce.”

Andrea Atzeni added: “It’s very fast but at least there’s no water on it. It’s safe.”

Stormardal appeared to suffer a leg injury about one furlong out, where he unseated the rider. Meydan officials later confirmed he had suffered a fatal injury to his right foreleg.

Soumillon doubles up

Following his win in the Dubai Gold Cup on Vazirabad, Christophe Soumillon quickly doubled up with a win on Thunder Snow in a photo finish.

The Saeed Bin Suroor-trained winner narrowly got the better of Epicharis after a long battle down the straight.


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