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UAE Derby 2005

Blues and Royals, the mount of Godolphin''s Kerrin McEvoy, won the US$2 million 2005 UAE Derby, sponsored by Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group, over 1,800 metres on the dirt.

Godolphin had won this race in 2000, 2001 and 2002 but Mike de Kock claimed it for the next two years with Victory Moon in 2003 and Lundy''s Liability in 2005.

The favourite, Godolphin`s Shamardal, the mount of Frankie Dettori, set a fast pace early on ahead of the Kenneth McPeek trained Durban Thunder. Blues and Royals was racing in sixth place on the rails. Shamardal weakened going into the straight as Durban Thunder took over the lead. Blues and Royal, a son of Honour and Glory, came through on the rails to lead just over 200 metres out and was soon clear, running on to an easy 12 length victory from Bobby Frankel`s Marenostrum with Parole Board in third.

Ned Kelly, third to Parole Board in the Al Bastakiya – the second leg of the UAE Triple Crown, took fourth.

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