Saeed bin Suroor's Hunter's Light showed a smart change of gear to claim round two of the Al Maktoum Challenge at Meydan under Silvestre de Sousa.
The Group Two attracted a top quality field, with former Andre Fabre inmate Saint Baudolino making his debut for Mahmood Al Zarooni. Await The Dawn was another fascinating participant, a former winner of the Hardwicke Stakes for Aidan O'Brien, but now trained by South African maestro Mike de Kock.
While that pair were held up, 7-2 shot Hunter's Light was never far off the pace in the extended nine-furlong contest and quickened up to go by Surfer in the straight and win decisively. Another Godolphin runner, Prince Bishop, picked up minor honours in third, with Saint Baudolino doing all his best work at the finish in fourth.
De Sousa said: "Saeed brought the horse here in great form and I'm pleased he came out and won. He gave me my first Group One winner in Europe (in Italy in November) and I was delighted to keep the ride. He seems to be getting better and better. He had a blow out there and should improve again."
Bin Suroor added: "He improved last year to win the Group One in Italy and with time he has improved physically. He has handled the Tapeta, he has shown class and he faced better horses tonight. Sheikh Mohammed will decide the plan."
The main supporting race was the UAE 1000 Guineas, with the finish dominated by Godolphin-owned runners. Al Zarooni's trial winner Music Chart was the leading fancy, but she could not pick up off a slow pace and had to make do with third behind stablemate Lovely Pass (7-1) Bin Suroor's Shuruq split the pair in second.
Winning jockey Ahmed Ajtebi said: "She's a nice filly and I rode her at Ascot last year when she won nicely. Today she battled well, she likes the surface and she was in the right race."
Newmarket handler David Simcock was among the winners as Harry Bentley guided 9-2 shot Ottoman Empire to an impressive victory in the GN Focus Handicap.
"He battled all the way and I knew a furlong out he would put the race to bed. He always travels into his races very well," said Bentley.
Elleval struck a blow for the Irish as he showed a brilliant turn of foot to claim the Meydan Classic Trial under Fergal Lynch. David Marnane's gelding was a 12-1 shot on his first start since winning at Dundalk in December and he scythed his way through the pack to get up and beat El Estruendoso.
26 March 2017Flying start for Aidan O'Brien as new Irish Flat season kicks off at Naas
Aidan O'Brien targets Dundalk comeback for unbeaten Classic hope Caravaggio
Sam Twiston-Davies and Paul Nicholls dominate at Wincanton
Anseanachai Cliste prevails in Ulster National thriller at Downpatrick
Brendan Brackan back in style for Irish Lincolnshire victory
In-form Noel Fehily eager to take National chance on Blaklion
Park Express delight for Mick Channon and Graham Lee with Czabo
Moonlight Bay shows smart turn of foot to take Irish Flat season opener
Mark Walsh to have Cheltenham injury progress assessed
Seeyouatmidnight called up for National service by 'delighted' Sandy Thomson
Meade readies Aclaim for Lockinge bid
Martyn Meade has Craven Stakes in mind for Classic contender Eminent
Saint-Cloud scorer Plumatic one to watch
Super Solow on the comeback trail for Freddy Head
'I can't believe he won' - Bob Baffert in awe of World Cup hero Arrogate
Snow Leopardess pounces at Newbury
Jack Hobbs oozes class in Sheema stroll
Death of three-time Long Walk hero Reve De Sivola at Kelso
Moreira advertises skills in saddle as Vivlos claims Turf
Biscuits swoops for sweet success in Golden Shaheen
Right result for French ace in Al Quoz as Limato struggles
Snow digs deep for UAE Derby glory
Vazirabad does it again in Dubai Gold Cup
25 March 2017Great Field looks set for great things after Thurles demolition
Brilliant Arrogate rules the World in Dubai
Late Summer charge is enough to land Godolphin Mile spoils
Fozzy Stack hoping for Dream start to training career in Irish Lincolnshire
Somehow bids for Express success on seasonal bow at Naas
Bullish Tom Symonds fancies Don Bersy to maintain hot streak at Newbury
Nicky Henderson has Punchestown in mind for Brain Power
Amateur rider James Ridley banned for 28 days in Newbury drama
Daryl Jacob hoping Gordon Elliott can work Natonal magic with Ucello Conti
Oliver Sherwood has Hitherjacques Lady ready to roll for Newbury test
Hugo Palmer targets Mile high with Gifted Master
Jim Crowley bowled over by Al Quoz Sprint hope Ertijaal
Heartbreak City chasing Dubai Gold for Tony Martin
Roger Charlton has Decorated Knight ready for Meydan Turf war
Roger Varian optimistic as Postponed challenges for Sheema Classic double
24 March 2017Double delight for Nicky Henderson at Newbury
Dermot McLoughlin forced to rule Vics Canvas out of Grand National
Bob Baffert wants to rule the World with awesome Arrogate
Charlie Appleby maps out Classic gameplan with exciting filly Wuheida
Coneygree going great guns for Sizing John showdown at Punchestown
Sam Twiston-Davies sides with Saphir Du Rheu in Grand National at Aintree
Jean-Claude Rouget stars Almanzor and La Cressonniere set for big 2017
Cheltenham ace Yorkhill heads Ryanair entries at Fairyhouse
Supreme ruler Labaik in great heart with Fairyhouse and Punchestown on the radar
'Slow process' as Toast Of New York continues to be assessed for racing return
Hopes high Derek Fox will return from injury to ride One For Arthur in National
Mags Mullins in no hurry to map out Debuchet plans
Enda Bolger hoping Aintree fences will fire up On The Fringe
23 March 2017Nigel Hawke continues hot streak at Ludlow
Sweet success for Bonbon at Cork
Let's Dance figures in Fairyhouse list
Cheltenham hero Presenting Percy in frame for Grade One honours at Punchestown
Karl Burke keen on Temple Stakes return for Quiet Reflection
Red-hot Richard Johnson secures Warwick four-timer
Warren Greatrex has Punchestown plan for Haydock winner The Nipper
Ruth Carr issues Kempton poser to new recruit Sovereign Debt
Aintree 'the target' for injured Barry Geraghty
Willie Mullins has strong hand in Topham Chase at Aintree
Kim Bailey happy to play it cool with Charbel after Cheltenham woe
Andrew Slattery looking to new recruit Dinkum Diamond to sparkle at Naas