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Godolphin flying at Meydan

Godolphin continued their fine start to the Dubai Carnival with a treble through Cat O'Mountain, Wedding Ring and Emirates Flyer at Meydan.

Successful with Shuruq in the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 1 on last week's opening night, Sheikh Mohammed's operation was again the team to follow.

Cat O'Mountain (6-4 favourite) could well be a star of the future after he backed up two Kempton wins with an impressive performance in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships (Handicap).

Mickael Barzalona hardly had to move a muscle as the Charlie Appleby-trained four-year-old bolted up from Haafaguinea by an eased-down two lengths.

"He was mightily impressive. He loved the surface as we saw at Kempton before, he loves the all-weather surface," said Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford.

"I loved his action over it and I think he's got plenty more to come.

"He's got enough speed to drop back to 10 furlongs and I would imagine his next race will be in exalted company. We will bump him right up and we won't be looking at handicaps anymore."

The same combination doubled up when Wedding Ring (5-4 favourite) cut down Magrooma close home to claim the UAE 1000 Guineas Trial.

Held up until early in the straight, she quickly reduced the deficit and showed her class to score by a cosy length and a quarter with long-timer leader Letterfromamerica third.

"She'll go for the UAE 1000 Guineas. Obviously there's a question mark about the mile, but around this track she should get it, no problem," Crisford told Sky Sports.

"We might have to wait with her a little bit longer (to make her challenge) but she's an honest, nice, sweet-natured filly and she finishes her races very well."

The pair were denied a treble when Safety Check was second to Godolphin's other runner, Emirates Flyer in the UAE 2000 Guineas Trial.

The Saeed bin Suroor-trained Emirates Flyer, ridden by Silvestre de Sousa, got first run and just held Barzalona's mount by half a length.

The winner was paying a compliment to Classic hope Kingman who beat Emirates Flyer in the Solario Stakes at Sandown in August.

Bin Suroor told the Godolphin website: "Emirates Flyer ran a big race tonight and I was very pleased with his effort.

"We will look at the UAE 2000 Guineas (February 13) for him now. I think that a mile will be a better distance for him."

James Doyle took the Listed honours on United Color (9-2) for trainer Dhruba Selvaratnam in the Dubawi Stakes over six furlongs.

The rider, whose first major success came on Cityscape for his now boss Khalid Abullah on this course in March 2012, was at his best on the Dhruba Selvaratnam-trained five-year-old.

He kicked on some way out and kept on to hold Michael Halford's strong-finishing Russian Soul by a neck.

Doyle said: "It was a funny race to ride in. Obviously, we were drawn widest of all.

"They went no pace early on in the race, so I took a chance. It's not his ideal running style, but I wanted to do that and not be stuck out in the middle of the track on my own.

"I was pleased with him but he just idled a bit in the straight. He took a little blow so he'll improve again."

Martin Lane got a dream up on the rail to guide Sheikhzayedroad (7-1) to victory for Newmarket trainer David Simcock in the Dubai Duty Free Gold World Cup from William Knight's Aussie Reigns.

"This horse in one of my favourites. He's been really good to me the last few years and tonight has just topped it all off," said Lane.

"I was lucky enough horse to go through the gap when it opened up. He was good enough and he's done it well."