THE famous blue colours of the all-powerful Godolphin stable saluted with its first runner at Albury when odds-on favourite Subservient fell in to win the first race on cup day.
The first starter sat outside the leader and then had to withstand the fast finishing Peter Maher trained Bel Dancer ($21) to win by a ¾-length, with No Smudge ($7) a head away third.
Former Albury lad Brad Widdup, now a key part of the John O’Shea and Godolphin operation in Australia, said it wouldn’t be the last time Sheikh Mohammed’s horses travel to Albury.
“She did a bit wrong early and had to travel so she did the job,” he said.
“It’s great to have a winner but it’s not all about that — we know we have to support racing everywhere.
"There is just so much good racing around — there is also Grafton, Wagga, we’re going to Wellington on Sunday and some of the smaller trainers might not be happy but we think we can bring something extra to these great carnivals.
"Sheikh Mohammed likes to see his horses racing around the country and a win’s a win.”
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