Dubai: Bizarre as it may seem, lightning did indeed strike twice at Meydan Racecourse when the new Phoenix Ladies Syndicate landed their second winner in as many weeks, courtesy a smart-looking two-year-old named Superiority.
Trained by Ahmad Bin Harmash, and ridden seemingly with an air of authority by Connor Beasely, the son of Majestic Perfection looked particularly impressive when stretching out to win the Longines Ladies Master Collection (Maiden).
The winner broke well and tailed the leader, Lahmoom, the mount of Xavier Ziani, for the first half of the mile, before settled on the outside of Martial Art, ridden by Pat Dobbs.
Like his name suggested, Superior looked the better of the two horses who broke away from the rest of the field, on the day as he grabbed the lead in the final half furlong to run on gamely for a half-length victory.
Bin Harmash and Beasely were reprising their win a similar success that their achieved on the opening day of the season at Meydan when Walking Thunder won the day’s two-year-old Its contest.
Phoenix Ladies Syndicate is a division of Phoenix Thoroughbreds, which was formed in October and whose aim is to broaden and increase the participation of women in the racing industry across the UA
“We’re so happy,” said a delighted Teresa Star, who is the legal consultant with the racing partnership.
“At the moment, we have 11 horses, and all members of the syndicate will be in involved in all horses.
“It’s still early days but we want to change the way it works for ladies in racing over here.”
Starr also revealed that the syndicate was open to more membership and encouraged more participation.
“Join us, we’re on a winning spree,” she called out at Meydan. “Come get involved it’s a lot of fun owning race horses.”
Two wins from two starts can only mean that the Phoenix Thoroughbreds-supported syndicate have made some astute purchases of unraced juveniles, thanks to the sharp eye of its team principal, Amer Abdulaziz.
The runner-up, Martial Art, was not disgraced in finishing second and should give a better account of himself during the season.
Prepared by reigning champion trainer Doug Watson, the juvenile colt by Jimmy Creed who sold at Keeneland last year for $120,000.
Pat Dobbs took the ride on the For the Russian Racing Syndicate-owned contender.