Godolphin took Super Saturday by the scruff of the neck in Dubai last Saturday night, but it was Mike de Kock's sprinter Shea Shea that sent out the message most relevant for Hong Kong's World Cup night aspirants.
Only the turf staying event and the two sprint races, the designated lead-ups for the Al Quoz Sprint and Golden Shaheen did not end up the property of Godolphin.
And Hong Kong interest is all about the sprints, with Eagle Regiment and Joy And Fun in the Al Quoz and Frederick Engels in the Golden Shaheen on Saturday fortnight. Godolphin's influence on the latter race is still going to be considerable, despite not playing much of a role in the Mahab Al Shimaal won by Reynaldothewizard on the tapeta. It has Australian Group One winning sprinter Mental to come on the big night and he has already proved his ability to win on the artificial surface at Meydan.
De Kock's Shea Shea, however, sounded a deafening warning shot to our 1,000m runners, belting home by a big margin in the Listed Meydan Sprint over the straight turf course.
Now with a lifetime formline of 17 turf runs for nine wins and four placings, Shea Shea put behind him a defeat over the same course in January when having his first run for nine months. The Meydan Sprint is only a new race and that's why it is only Listed yet, but J J The Jet Plane won both it and the Al Quoz in 2011, while Sole Power, second this year, was also runner-up in 2012 before finding only Ortensia too strong in the Al Quoz.