Presvis prevails in Al Rashidiya

Dubai International Racing Carnival regular Presvis returned to his very best as he made a winning return in the Group Two Al Rashidiya, the 1800m Turf feature at Meydan's Gulf News-sponsored third meeting of the 2011 Carnival. Runner-up in the 2009 Group One Dubai Duty Free, connections will be aiming him at that race again after he produced a great performance under Ryan Moore to win going away from a quality field.

Moore said: "They went quickly which always helps him and he travels so strongly he almost pulls his way into the race. He has quickened nicely at the 200m pole to win his race in a few strides. Hopefully he is on target for the Dubai Duty Free."

It was a rapid-fire double for Moore who had won the preceding 2000m InsideOut Trophy on the Bronze Cannon for Herman Brown. He too could be aimed at Dubai World Cup night.

For the third week running Godolphin trainer Saeed Bin Suroor saddled a double but this time there was added significance with the first, a win by the Mickael Barzalona-ridden Lost In The Moment, supplying the trainer with both his 100th Dubai International Racing Carnival and 250th UAE winner.

That was in the 2200m Aquarius Trophy and the trainer then completed a double when Ted Durcan partnered Whispering Gallery to an impressive victory in the 2810m Turf Wheels Trophy. A delighted bin Suroor said: "It is great to reach these milestones and a real credit to all the team and everybody involved. We have made a great start to the Carnival and the horses are running well."

Barzalona was completing a double having steered City Style to win the opening 1600m Friday Trophy for Godolphin's second trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni who has now had a winner at each of the Carnival fixtures and said: "We have made a pleasing start and have some nice horses to run. Hopefully we can keep getting among the winners but it is never easy with such competitive racing."

It is not often that Godolphin's number one jockey Frankie Dettori is denied and he was not to be on this occasion either and won the 1200m GNB Sprint, run on the Turf on Happy Dubai. Trained by Champion Trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe, he had won over 1000m last week and is clearly improving rapidly.

Dettori said: "I thought he was my best chance on the night and he really did that well, quickening like a good horse."

On another evening of thrilling finishes, the best was arguably saved to last, a 1600m Turf Handicap – the XPRESS Trophy. UK raider Navajo Chief led 300m out and ran all the way to the line under apprentice Harry Bentley but was joined in the shadows of the post by both Raihana and Win For Sure.

The judge's photo revealed that the latter had led virtually on the line under Gregory Benoist for trainer Xavier Nakkachdji and opening France's 2011 Carnival account in the process.