02/22/2007 12:00AM

Lingari repeats in Dubai


Linngari made easy work of the $250,000 Group 2 Al Fahidi Fort at Nad Al Sheba Thursday night, winning the Dubai Duty Free prep for the second successive year.

A 5-year-old son of Indian Ridge, Linngari came form fourth to lead at the three-sixteenths pole under Kevin Shea, then swept clear of runner-up Seihali for a 3 1/4-length score. South African hotshot Kapil was another 1 1/4 lengths back in third, with Killybegs a fading fourth, beaten 6 1/4 lengths. Court Masterpiece, a two-time Group 1 winner in Europe, was an unthreatening eighth. The winning time for the turf mile was 1:38.45 on good ground.

Linngari has been trained to both of his Al Fahidi Fort triumphs by Herman Brown, but he spent last year in France with Diego Lowther, for whom he won the six-furlong Group 2 Goldene Peitsche before finishing a neck second in the Group 1 Prix de la Foret and a close fifth in the Hong Kong Mile. This was his first start since Dec. 10 and he will run next on March 31 in the Duty Free in which he finished 13th last year.

With Dubai World Cup Preview Night just a week away, the performance of Killybegs was a disappointment for his owners, Godolphin, which has now sent out 21 consecutive losers at Nad Al Sheba dating back to Jan. 11.

Earlier, Blue Sky God, purchased by Godolphin from Alan Cook after a five-length Aqueduct maiden victory for Barclay Tagg on Nov. 4, failed in his first start for Saeed bin Suroor, finishing fifth in a six-furlong dirt allowance. The only Northern Hemisphere 3-year-old in the field, he was beaten 9 1/2 lengths by the victoious South African-bred Mike de Kock-trained Limehouse.