Shea Shea wins Al Quoz Sprint

March 30, 2013 at 11:57 AM
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, March 30 (UPI) -- Shea Shea bettered his own course record in winning Saturday's $1 million, Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint by 3/4 length.

With Christophe Soumillon in the irons, the 5-year-old South African-bred gelding followed a brisk early pace, then made his move in the final 200 meters. Two runners from Hong Kong, Joy and Fun and Eagle Regiment, finished second and third. Sole Power from Ireland was fourth and a Singapore horse, Mr Big, finished sixth.

Shea Shea finished the 1,000 meters on the good Meydan Racecourse turf in 56.41 seconds, bettering the record time of 57.02 seconds he posted in winning his prep race March 9.

"The main thing," Soumillon said, "is I was hoping we had a lot of very fast horses in front of me because he likes to follow."

Shea Shea, trained by Mike de Kock, has 10 wins from 29 starts.

Joy and Fun, long a fixture in Hong Kong racing, won this race in 2010 and was making the final start of his career.

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