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Majestic Roi beats fancied rivals to win Dubai Duty Free Stakes

Dubai businessman Jaber Abdullah has had a string of top horses and he came up with a surprise classic packet in the shape of 25-1 shot winner Majestic Roi.

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Dubai: Dubai businessman Jaber Abdullah has had a string of top horses and he came up with a surprise classic packet in the shape of 25-1 shot Majestic Roi, who floored better-fancied rivals to win the Dubai Duty Free Stakes at a sultry Newbury yesterday.

Abdullah has enjoyed great success with the likes of Youmzain, third in the Sheema Classic on World Cup night at Nad Al Sheba, Flashy Wings and Queen's Logic, but he pulled a "rabbit out of the hat" in supposed no-hoper Majestic Roi, who floored Cheveley Park Stakes winner Indian Ink in what is a traditional trial for next month's 1000 Guineas.

There was no fluke whatsoever about Majestic Roi's success, but Jaber Abdullah, who plans to run Youmzain next in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at The Curragh, would need to supplement the Street Cry filly for the Newmarket classic.

Winning trainer Mick Channon said: "She only won her maiden at Hamilton, but I always knew that she was better than that, and she has really come to herself in the past two weeks.

"It is up to Jaber whether he stumps up the £25,000 to put her in the Guineas, but either way she is a class act who will win many more races."

Big winners

Jamie Spencer, who rode Majestic Roi, said: "We didn't expect to beat Indian Ink, but I followed Richard Hughes through on the favourite and when I saw Hughesie's long legs start to wobble, I knew that we were in business."

Spencer, who had earlier won the Dubai International Airport Maiden Stakes in spectacular fashion on Brian Meehan's Diamond Tycoon, added: "When I got up this morning and looked at my rides, I thought they looked ordinary, but I have ended up with two big winners, so it has been a good day."

Meehan confirmed that Diamond Tycoon, who had shown enormous promise on his one run at Newmarket last back-end and has always been the apple of his trainer's eye, was quoted at 20-1 for the Guineas, and Spencer has agreed to ride.

Shaikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance and Industry's Maraahel had found his owner's stalwart Mubtaker too good in last year's Dubai Tennis Championship Stakes, but he enjoyed his own moment of glory in the Group 3 race this time around, keeping on bravely under an enterprising ride from Richard Hills to hold Mighty at bay, with Shaikh Hamdan's Munsef staying on to be third.

Very brave

Angus Gold, racing manager to Shaikh Hamdan, said: "Richard dictated matters from the front, and Maraahel was very brave.

"He'll never be a champion, but, while he has been accused of being a bit of a monkey, I'd like a few more with his guts, and he could now take in a big race in Singapore en route to the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot."

This is a week when classic bubbles are burst with alarming regularity, and Dutch Art, who went into the Lane's End Greenham Stakes as second-favourite for the 2000 Guineas behind Teofilo, lost his five-race unbeaten record when being beaten fair and square by Richard Hannon's Major Cadeaux in the colts trial.

Richard Hughes, who also called the shots from the front on Major Cadeaux, said: "Nobody wanted to take up the cudgels, so I took the bull by the horns from the start, and I kept on pouring the coal. He does not have the best of wheels, but if he stays sound they will all have him to beat on Guineas day."