ALI Rashid Al Raihe captured all the headlines on the opening night of the Dubai World Cup Carnival on Thursday. He landed the Group 2 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 1 over a mile on dirt as the centrepiece of a four-timer. Longines was the sponsor of the card which saw a significant number of overseas runners.

A listed winner three weeks earlier, the Bernardini-sired Le Bernardin fought hard for this win, part of a treble for his rider Tadhg O’Shea. “This is my 15th winter in the UAE and a second Group 2 in my career, so it is very special,” said O’Shea.