Shea Shea wins Al Quoz Sprint
Shea Shea wins Al Quoz Sprint

Watch Shea Shea winning the Al Quoz Sprint (Group 1)

(Photo : Virendra Saklani - Footage : Dubai Racing Meydan)

$1,000,000 AL QUOZ SPRINT (Group 1)

Meydan, Turf, 1000m

20 March 2013

South African-bred sprinter Shea Shea (National Emblem) gave champion South African trainer Mike de Kock his second win on the Dubai World Cup programme, pouncing from off the speed for an ultimately comfortable victory in the $1,000,000 Al Quoz Sprint (Group 1) from the Hong Kong-trained duo of Joy And Fun (Cullen) and Eagle Regiment (El Moxie). The final time of :56.41 eclipsed his own previous track record of :57.02 set in the Listed Meydan Sprint on the Super Saturday programme 9 March.

Fairly into stride for jockey Christophe Soumillon, Shea Shea raced in midfield of the main group of horses, and followed the move of Joy and Fun, the 2010 Al Quoz runner-up and last year’s third place getter, as they hooked up with the course proper. He remained in the 9-year-old’s slipstream entering the final furlong, and Soumillon got to work, shifting his mount off heels before powering home to a clear-cut win. Eagle Regiment raced prominently along the far-side rail and stayed on gamely to finish third.

Soumillion said he was confident of winning for most of the way. “I’m not surprised to win a race like this after his last run because that race was as good as this one. He likes to come last and catch them on the line and it worked out perfectly.”

“He had the horse to go and fetch and it was just as we’d hoped,” De Kock commented. “Coming here is not easy. The horses do better the longer they are here and horses like him are geared for these type of races.” Shea Shea, who is campaigned by Brian Joffe and Myron Berzack, will be pointed for the Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot in June where a possible clash with Champion sprinter Black Caviar could be on the cards.

Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News, Bloodhorse and Mike de Kock Racing