Smart Party impresses again

Street Cry colt breezes to UAE 2,000 Guineas victory

Desert Party will certainly spark a party in Dubai come World Cup night if the extremely promising form he has exhibited on his two runs to date continues. The Street Cry three-year-old took the G3 UAE 2,000 Guineas with ease under Frankie Dettori on Thursday night, building on his last-start win on his debut in the country.

Bred in the US by David Smith and Steven Sinatra, the colt, out of the Tabasco Cate mare Sage Cat, won the Grade Two Sanford Stakes (6f/1200m) at Saratoga on only his second racecourse outing in July and is now one of a clutch of exciting Kentucky Derby prospects for the Sheikh Mohammed.

Desert Party’s victory marked the fourth time the Godolphin team has been successful in the UAE 2,000 Guineas, having won it with his sire Street Cry in 2001, a year after Bachir triumphed, leaving Essence Of Dubai to bring up the hat-trick in 2002.