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Horse Racing: Folk bags Guineas straight out of quarantine.

FOLK, an ex-American filly who had been in Dubai for only ten days, made nearly every yard yesterday before a runaway success in the UAE 1,000 Guineas under Kerrin McEvoy.

Impressive winner of a maiden at Aqueduct on her last of three starts as a two-year-old, the daughter of Quiet American represented Dubai-based trainer Ismail Mohammed, who has enjoyed a fantastic carnival so far.

Before winning this EUR250,000 Listed race on the sand, Folk had spent six of her ten days in Dubai in quarantine. You would not have guessed it, though, from the way she came home clear of the odds-on favourite Greetings, who stayed on well for second ahead of the winner's stable companion Samba Reggae under Frankie Dettori.

McEvoy said: "That was the first time I'd sat on the filly but she gave me a lovely feel going to post. She loved the surface and I knew two furlongs out that I was not going to be caught.

"She was not stopping either and will hopefully be a nice filly for the UAE Oaks."

The British pair of Satulagi and Precocious Star were both well beaten.

The winning trainer was completing a double after the victory of the former Mark Johnston-trained Crime Scene under Johnny Murtagh in the 1m4f turf handicap. The four-year-old just got up in a thrilling finish to edge out stablemate Pearly King, ridden by Dettori, again sitting on the 'wrong' one for Mohammed and still awaiting his first carnival winner of 2007.

Ryan Moore was involved in a small slice of racing history in the concluding 1m turf handicap, which was won by the five-year-old Mystical, who duly became the first Indian-trained winner at the Dubai Carnival.

A multiple Group 1 winner in his native country, Mystical powered home under Moore, completing a double after his earlier victory on Grantley Adams.

Star performance

India: Mystical's emphatic success brought yet another new nation to the most lucrative of tables

Wait 'til she gets used to it

Folk had been in the Gulf for only a few days before her Guineas success. The UAE Oaks beckons

Hope it's worth the wait

Frankie Dettori, still without a winner at this year's Dubai Carnival, was touched off on Pearly King and then third behind stablemate Folk on Samba Reggae

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Ex-American filly Folk lands the UAE 1,000 Guineas at Nad Al Sheba yesterday
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Feb 16, 2007
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