By Dick Downey
Long John won the UAE 2000 Guineas after a scintillating stretch run which separated him from the next runner by 4 1/4 lengths.
Ridden by Mickael Barzalona, Long John rated off the pace, came under urging nearing the stretch, and spurted away from the field to complete the 1600 meters in 1:36.23.
After a half-mile, longshot My Catch led be field, followed by Safety Check, Paximadia, Full Combat, Jallato, Long John and four others.
Little of the early speed held on the synthetic surface at Meydan Racecourse. Finishing second behind Long John was Emirates Flyer, followed by Wednaan and Safety Check in fourth. Eleven ran.
Long John is owned by Godolphin, trained by Charlie Appleby and was bred in Australia by Darley. He's out of the Night Shift mare Hosiery (AUS).
Last year, Long John was a good-looking maiden winner of the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas at Melbourne while trained by Peter Snowden. The gelded son of Street Cry closed that campaign by running ninth, beaten 7 1/2 lengths, in the Group 1 Cox Plate in October. The UAE 2000 Guineas was his first start of 2014.
None of the runners was early-nominated to the Triple Crown, and Long John is a 4-year-old under North American rules, disqualifying him from Kentucky Derby consideration.
The 2000 Guineas carries no Kentucky Derby points but is a stepping stone to the UAE Derby, which carries significant points, with 100 going to the winner and 40, 20 and 10 to the next three finishers.