Bin Suroor, the prestigious stables' longest serving trainer, is casting an imposing shadow over an array of renowned trainers as the major meetings of the Dubai World Cup Carnival approach.
The 46-year-old began training for the love of it before he was spotted by Godolphin supremo Sheikh Al Maktoum who has entrusted him with some 30 horses since 1992.
Since the Sheikh employed him, Bin Suroor has repaid the faith shown in him in spades; he is a four-times British champion trainer (1996, 1998, 1999 and 2004) and holds the record for the number of wins in the Dubai World Cup (five), the last of which came in 2006.
But this year, the Blues trainer is already enjoying himself like never before.
His horses have won four of the eight races scheduled as part of the preliminaries for Meydan racecourse’s major meetings at the end of March (Sheema Classic and World Cup).
The win by Hunter’s Light, ridden by his favourite jockey Silvestre De Sousa, in the Al Maktoum Challenge R3 was his 200th Group 1 win for the Sheikh’s stables.
“Reaching 200 Group 1 wins is very important to me. It is a good demonstration of the quality of Godolphin’s work. We can all be very proud”, said Bin Suroor.
“I’ve been very lucky to have been involved in Godolphin’s great success over the last 19 years. I hope to experience even more of it in the future.”
Bin Suroor maintained his luck in the following race with Sajjhaa’s win in the Jebel Hatta (Group 1), with William Buick in the saddle.
"Sajjhaa was amazing," he said. "She was very fast and is in great form. I would now like to see her in the Dubai Duty Free during World Cup Night, on March 30.”