Artigiano third at Meydan
Artigiano was a promising third on his comeback after an enforced absence as Mushreq made a winning return in the Singspiel Stakes at Meydan.
Artigiano showed he retains plenty of ability on his first start after being suspended for six months last year for testing positive for anabolic steroids when with disgraced trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni.
Now with Charlie Appleby, the Godolphin-owned four-year-old pulled himself to the front under Mickael Barzalona early on in the Listed contest over nine furlongs.
However, he kept on gamely when headed by the Mike de Kock-trained Mushreq (7-2 favourite).
Gabrial, trained by Richard Fahey, came through for second, beaten a length and a quarter.
Winning rider Paul Hanagan told At The Races: "I was just so pleased. It was his first run back and there will be plenty of improvement as well.
"It was a stop-start gallop which didn't really suit, but he's done it well."
Appleby and Barzalona had got the best possible start to the Dubai Carnival with a double through Ahtoug and Fulbright.
Ahtoug (6-1) collared Hototo to take the Logines Master Collection Handicap after the pair had the five-furlong dash between them in the final furlong.
It was Barzalona's mount who got the better of Luke Morris on the Fawzi Nass-trained Hototo by half a length.
"We were very happy with Ahtoug's preparation and were confident that he would run a nice race," Appleby told www.godolphin.com.
"We purposely gave him a break after he won at Ascot in August because we thought he had a nice mark to come here and campaign over the winter.
"I think that he will possibly be better on Tapeta but we will cross that bridge when we come to it and mark out a sprint campaign in due course for the rest of the Dubai World Cup Carnival."
Appleby and Barzalona doubled up with Fulbright (6-1), who came with a great rattle to mug the Saeed bin Suroor-trained Modern History in the dying strides and claim the Longines Dolce Vita Handicap.
Godolphin's Steeler, who was also returning from an imposed absence, finished fourth to the Bin Suroor-trained Shuruq in round one of the Maktoum Challenge.
Third in the 2012 Racing Post Trophy on his last start, when trained by Mark Johnston, the four-year-old colt made late progress in the Group Two but was no match for the fellow Godolphin runner.
Empire Storm ran a huge race from the front for the Michael Attwater team, but Kieren Fallon's partner was overtaken late in the piece and had to be content with second place.
Irish raider Brendan Brackan ploughed earnestly along the far rail and was a worthy third under Colin Keane.
Winning jockey Silvestre de Sousa said: "I'm very pleased the way she did it. She should improve for the run."