01/15/2009 12:00AM

My Indy wins Round 1 in Dubai


Opening night of the Dubai Racing Carnival at Nad Al Sheba proved a hopeful one for Godolphin on Thursday as My Indy powered to a 5 3/4-length victory in Round 1 of the $200,000 Maktoum Challenge. Earlier, Saeed bin Suroor unveiled the Chilean-bred filly Sos Brillante, whose victory in a seven-furlong allowance marked her as a leading candidate for the UAE 1000 Guineas.

The Argentine-bred My Indy had made a habit of chasing home Royal Vintage last year at Nad Al Sheba, finishing behind that one and his stablemate Honour Devil in the UAE Derby and the UAE 2000 Guineas. In the Group 3 Maktoum Challenge, he stormed to the lead under Frankie Dettori at the quarter pole for a handy score over the Doug Watson-trained, Fernando Jara-ridden Green Coast, getting the mile in 1:36.52 on a fast track. Royal Vintage, abreast of My Indy in fourth entering the 2 1/2-furlong stretch, faded to sixth, beaten 12 1/4 lengths. Last year's winner, Happy Boy, showed nothing in finishing 11th of 12, while last year's runner-up, Gloria de Campeao, came from last to finish fifth, a nose in front of Royal Vintage.

My Indy is now a prospect for Round 2 of the Maktoum Challenge, a 1 1/8-mile Group 3 contest scheduled for Feb. 5.

Sos Brillante had won her maiden race at first asking at the Hipodromo de Chile by 11 3/4 lengths back on March 29. Running in the colors of Sheikh Mohammed's son Ahmed but trained by Godolphin's Saeed bin Suroor, she was a two-length winner over India Tiberina, a Mike de Kock trainee who had won her maiden at the Hipodromo de Chile just as easily on March 22. Sos Brillante will be aimed at the Feb. 6 UAE 1000 Guineas, a race won last year by Cocoa Beach, but as a Northern Hemisphere 4-year-old she is ineligible for the American and European classics.