Dubai Carnival graduate Mawj wins 1000 Guineas


Mawj, unbeaten in two starts at Meydan Racecourse during the Dubai World Cup Carnival, elevated her career to the next level by winning the G1 Qipco 1000 Guineas at Newmarket.

Filly is the first British Classic winner to prep at Meydan Racecourse

Trained by Godolphin handler Saeed Bin Suroor, Mawj enjoyed a profitable winter in Dubai, landing the Jumeirah Fillies’ Classic in January (pictured), over 1400metres, followed by the Jumeirah Fillies’ Guineas, over a mile, in February. The daughter of Exceed And Excel returned to Newmarket from the UAE just two weeks before her Newmarket win on May 7th.

Ridden by Oisin Murphy, Mawj faced a tough field in the one mile Classic race for three-year-old fillies, with Group 1 winners Tahiyra and Meditate in opposition, as well as Fairy Cross and Dream Of Love, both beaten by Mawj at Meydan.

It was Tahiyra who laid down the toughest challenge, battling with Mawj during the final furlong and only giving way as the line approached; the verdict going to the Godolphin filly by half a length.

“There is nothing better; to win it is unbelievable,” said Murphy, who also combined with Bin Suroor for Group 1 success with Benbatl in the 2018 Dubai Turf. “Thank you to the trainer and his staff, they did all the hard work.”

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