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Ihtimal impresses in UAE Oaks

The Saeed Bin Suroor-trained Ihtimal was an impressive winner of the Group 3 UAE Oaks at Meydan.

The daughter of Shamardal was a very short priced favourite to follow up her recent success in the UAE 1000 Guineas but despite racing a little keener than Silvestre De Sousa may have liked in the early stages of the contest, she comfortably saw out the extra distance and cleared away from her seven rivals.

The runners were held in the stalls for some time after Magroora reared up and deposited Pat Cosgrave out of the saddle though this did not appear to have too much effect on the race as they went a modest gallop.

Sign Of Lucky and Illuminating Dream were among those to dispute the early fractions but all eyes were on the Godolphin filly as she began to make her move with five furlongs to travel.

Asked to go on with two furlongs to travel, she picked up nicely and soon cleared away from her rivals. Feedyah kept on to be a distant second with Mensoora back in third.