Spotify leads home fantastic Godolphin five in G3 Dubai Millennium Stakes
Five-year-old Spotify continued his unbeaten start to 2019 when making virtually all to head a Godolphin 1-2-3-4-5 in the G3 Dubai Millennium Stakes over 10 furlongs on turf at Meydan, UAE, on Thursday, 21 February.
The Charlie Appleby-trained horse, successful in a 12-furlong turf handicap at the same course on his first start for Godolphin in January, was prominent and took up the running after a furlong ahead of Racing History (Saeed bin Suroor/Christophe Soumillon) and the free-running Oasis Charm (Charlie Appleby/Brett Doyle).
Spotify, with James Doyle up, dictated the pace from the front before kicking for home at the top of the straight and increasing his advantage entering the final furlong.
Racing History, who had settled in third on the inside rail, started to make his move with a quarter of a mile remaining and ran on to take second. He kept closing in the run to the line, but Spotify held on bravely by a short head in 2m 5.55s on good turf, with the front two finishing a length and a half clear.
First Nation (Charlie Appleby/William Buick) and Team Talk (Saeed bin Suroor/Pat Cosgrave) both made good late headway to take third and fourth respectively, separated by a nose, with Oasis Charm keeping on at the same pace in fifth.
Charlie Appleby said, “It was a great ride by James Doyle on the front end.
“It was a copybook ride of what he did on Spotify last time – he has got into a nice rhythm and the horse digs deep when they come to him, so full credit to James.
“We felt that Spotify had come forward from his last start and the drop back in trip would suit him. It was a good performance and I am delighted for the team.
“We had a strong team of horses in the race and Saeed had a strong couple of horses as well, so it was always going to be a tactical race and James has got all his fractions right on the front end.
“It will be interesting to speak to James, but I would think that this will probably be his Carnival wrapped up for this year now. We will give him a break and look towards a European campaign.”
James Doyle added, “I could feel Spotify stick his neck out when Racing History joined me, so full credit to the horse.
“It was a race that looked like there would be a lack of speed and we know that Spotify has won over a mile and a half here, so we knew that he would keep going.
“We got a nice soft lead, put some soft fractions in down the back and let him stretch in the straight - I think that won it for Spotify.
“He would have to raise him game a bit to get into one of the races on Super Saturday (9 March), but there will be plenty of nice races around Europe for him in the summer.
“He has shown a nice burst in the straight over this trip, but he is quite versatile. You could go out and set your own fractions if we went out to France with him, so a mile and a half wouldn’t be a problem either.”