Bankable (Ryan Moore, near side) gets up to land the Group 2 at MeydanPicture: Dubai Racing Club/ AndrewWatkins
Bankable on top for Machiavellian in Group 2
Report: UAE, Friday
Meydan: Al Fahidi Fort (Group 2) 1m, all-weather
RYAN MOORE and Bankable won out in a gripping finish to Friday's highlight as they just got the better of Imbongi and Ibn Battuta.
Trained by Herman Brown, the son of Medicean was another winner for South Africa at a carnival where the country's runners are vying with Godolphin's for domination - but he only got it onthe nod in a thrilling three-way photo that left many observers convinced the Mike De Kock-trained Imbongi had prevailed.
Brown was among those less than convinced before the verdict came and said: "We thought he would go close and that was a nervous wait for the photo to be announced - we thought we had been beaten. I will probably go straight for the Dubai Duty Free now."
Bred by Barrownstown Stud and Cobra Bloodstock, Bankable is the best foal out ofDance To The Top, who carried Cheveley Park Stud's colours to a second place in the 1993 Fillies' Mile and a third in the following year's Musidora Stakes.
The daughter of Sadler's Wells has produced four winners in addition to Bankable, including the Group 3 winner Cheshire (Warning). She is also the granddam of last season's smart German two-year-old Keep Cool.
Dance To The Top hails from a famous Cheveley Park Stud family as a half-sister to the Group 1-placed Polar Bear and daughter of Group 3 winner Aim For The Top.
She has a two-year-old filly by Holy Roman Emperor and a yearling filly by Dylan Thomas.