Meydan report: Rare Rhythm masters Vazirabad in feature

Thu 1 Mar 2018

Watch how Rare Rhythm turned over Vazirabad in the Nad Al Sheba Trophy at Meydan on Thursday plus an interview with winning trainer Charlie Appleby.

By staff

Rare Rhythm turned over Vazirabad in the Nad Al Sheba Trophy at Meydan.

The two horses had it to themselves in the home straight and pulled a long way clear, but it was William Buick on Charlie Appleby's six-year-old who came out on top.

Vazirabad, trained Alain de Royer-Dupre, was beaten in the same race 12 months ago before going on to win the Dubai Gold Cup, and connections will be hoping for a similar outcome on World Cup night.

The lightly-raced Rare Rhythm, winner of his previous two starts at Royal Ascot and York, is, however, likely to provide a stern test.

Buick got first run on Christophe Soumillon and was able to keep him at bay throughout the last furlong.

Appleby said of the 7-4 chance: "He was in great nick and he doesn't have much mileage on the clock.

"When he won at Royal Ascot, he didn't surprise me and then he backed it up with a Listed win at York so he ticked a lot of boxes.

"I think we just had the better turn of foot. He is handy over a mile and a half, but we'll probably look towards the Gold Cup on World Cup night now.

"He's a nice horse going forward."

Long odds-on favourite Winter Lightning was a huge disappointment in the UAE Oaks, won by Rayya.

On the figures it looked a straightforward task for Saeed bin Suroor's filly, but she put in a very laboured effort in third.

Doug Watson's Rayya (9-2) was allowed an easy lead and Pat Dobbs never had a moment of worry, beating Expressiy by three and three-quarter lengths.

Dobbs said: "I knew halfway down the back she was going to be hard to beat.

"It was a massive advantage being in the lead and I just went nice, even fractions."

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