Australian sprinter Faatinah powered home late to kick off his 2019 Dubai campaign with a win over 1000m at Meydan on Thursday night.
Under a confident Jim Crowley ride, the son of Nicconi improved his fresh record to six wins from eight first-up attempts with the two-and-a-half length victory over Hit The Bid.
Co-trainer Ben Hayes said the six-year-old would again be aimed at the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint (1200m) in March.
“As he has aged, he seems to have become quicker and we were keen to run him over 1000m, as he had perhaps not always been seeing out the 1200m,” Hayes told the Dubai Racing Club.
“He is my favourite horse in the yard and we will now have to think about how to campaign him.
“He runs well fresh as we know so that might be the plan, to give him plenty of time between runs, with the Al Quoz Sprint the final target on the Dubai World Cup card.”
Satish Seemar’s six-year-old Raven’s Corner won the Group 3 Dubawi Stakes (1200m) while Saeed Bin Suroor’s Dream Castle captured the Group 3 Singspiel Stakes (1800m).
Faatinah’s Lindsay Park-trained stablemates Eshtiraak and Muraaqeb are expected to race in Dubai over the coming fortnight.