01/22/2013 12:57PM

Dubai: Sajjhaa looks to end skid in Cape Verdi Stakes


Sajjhaa, a 6-year-old mare who won three stakes in Europe earlier in her career, can end a four-race losing streak in Thursday’s $200,000 Cape Verdi Stakes at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai.

Sajjhaa, owned by Godolphin Racing and trained by Saeed bin Suroor, is part of a field of eight in the Group 2 Cape Verdi Stakes, which is run over about a mile on turf for fillies and mares. The Cape Verdi is Sajjhaa’s first start since a second in the Gillies’ Fillies Stakes at Doncaster, England, in November.

Earlier in her career, Sajjhaa won two stakes in England – at Bath and York – and one in Italy, at San Siro.

The Cape Verdi field includes defending champion First City, who was eighth against males in the President’s Cup in Abu Dhabi on Dec. 23; Godolphin’s Falls of Lora, who won the Group 3 United Arab Emirates Oaks in 2012 and the Coral Distaff Stakes at Sandown Park, England, last July; and the South African stakes winner Amanee, trained by Michael de Kock.

The Cape Verdi is the richest of six races at Meydan on Thursday.