Ghaly looks set to feature in Saeed bin Suroor’s team at next year’s Dubai World Cup Carnival after opening his account for the season at Newmarket.
The Dubawi gelding appeared to appreciate being dropped back to a mile in the MansionBet Bet £10 Get £20 Handicap, having found the extended 10-furlong trip beyond him on his return to action at York last time out.
Despite being faced with a host of late challengers, the 3-1 favourite pulled out more than enough to score by three-quarters of a length and complete a quick double for William Buick.
Bin Suroor said: “He handles any ground. He ran over a mile and a quarter last time at York, but we thought the mile would be better for him today.
“This horse is tough. He works sometimes twice a week as he leads the horses on the gallops. That win will do him good.
“He would be a nice horse for the Dubai Carnival. I think a mile in Dubai will be even better for him. I can see him running well out there. The mile is definitely better for him as he does show speed in the mornings.”
Danilova (4-6) put her previous experience to good use to get the ball rolling for Buick when going one better than on her debut at the track 21 days ago to claim the MansionBet Beaten By A Head EBF Stallions Fillies’ Novice Stakes.
Alex Merriam, assistant to winning trainer Charlie Appleby, said: “She has improved for that first run and William was pleased with her.
“She jumped out well and used that previous experience. William said he would be happy to stick at seven with her for the time being.”