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Shea Shea steals show
March 31, 2013
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 RACE 5–AL QUOZ SPRINT
 
South African-bred sprinter Shea Shea broke his own course record and set himself up for a possible clash with World Champion sprinter Black Caviar later in the year with his win in the $1 million Al Quoz Sprint (1000m), sponsored by Emirates NBD.

The win also completed a double on World Cup night for trainer Mike de Kock after the win of Soft Failling Rain in the Godolphin Mile.

The five-year-old, who has now won 10 of his 19 starts, scorched over the 1000 metres on the straight turf track in 56.41 seconds, running the last 800 metres in 44.70.

Jockey Christophe Soumillion made full use of Shea Shea’s speed in keeping him well away from the inside rail and he looked to have the race under control from at least the final 400 metres although Joy And Fun proved hard to run down.

Jockey Tye Angland, who rode Joy And Fun, said the nine-year-old ran very well. ‘’He felt like the winner all the way. I could see Shea Shea coming and he was just too good.”

Shea Shea three-quarters of a length from the Hong Kong veteran Joy And Fun who had won the race in 2010 and also finished third last year.

De Kock said that although Shea Shea was expected to win by most fans, ‘’it is never easy winning a race like this.”
 

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