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Friday, February 15, 2008


A victory for Wingman in the totesport Trophy was enough to allow two bonus chasers to each pick up £254,430. There was no such luck for those chasing the win fund, with all players knocked out by the end of the fifth leg. That news means that £91,062 starts in the win fund rollover.

Races this week are divided between Haydock, Wincanton and Uttoxeter

Paul Petrie, totepool spokesman commented, "If Punjabi was carrying less weight then there is every chance the bonus fund would have gone unclaimed. Having said that, the victory for Wingman caused a lot of damage to those chasing the win fund and, despite a first week rollover, there is already nearly £100,000 up for grabs."

totescoop6 Legs

Leg 1 2.05 Wincanton

Leg 2 2.20 Uttoxeter

Leg 3 2.40 Wincanton

Leg 4 2.45 Haydock

Leg 5 3.25 Haydock

Leg 6 3.50 Uttoxeter

Win Fund - £91,062

Bonus Fund - £39,026


Mike De Kock celebrated his birthday with a brilliant one-two in the Gulf News UAE 2,000 Guineas, as Honour Devil bravely saw off his stablemate Royal Vintage to land the colt's Classic.

The South African trainer - who along with Saeed bin Suroor, has swept all before him this Dubai International Racing Carnival - looks to have not one, but two horses who can dominate the three-year-old division in the UAE.

Honour Devil was following in the footsteps of Asiatic Boy - who runs in the same colours of HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum and was the first horse to win the UAE Triple Crown last year.

A similar path awaits Honour Devil and the runner-up, as both will be aimed at the second leg, the Al Bastakiya on Super Thursday before the UAE Derby on Dubai World Cup day.

The owner also has a share in the second, and De Kock said: "It's a fantastic result for Sheikh Mohammed and we're all indebted to him for his support of the stable.

"Honour Devil just doesn't know when to lay down. But take nothing away from the runner-up who hadn't run for 257 days and did not have the best draw (13)."

While winning rider Johnny Murtagh added: "There isn't much between them at home, and so it proved, but mine was always finding more."

The South African maestro was also on the mark in the opening Wheels Handicap with Drift Ice, but otherwise the night belonged to Bin Suroor and Frankie Dettori, who combined for a hat-trick.

The highlight was With Reason who came to the front very easily in the US$175,000 Sport Extra Handicap, but then initially found little when joined by Gower Song.

However, Frankie Dettori galvanised his mount for a second run, to get him up on the line and beat the British raider by a head.

The winning jockey said: "It was a bit stop-start so I made my move early, but I had a good partner and he battled back really well when the other horse came to head him."

Earlier, Blackat Blackitten obliged for jockey and trainer, this time in the Godolphin blue, in the GNADS4U Handicap.

After conjuring a late winning run from the four-year-old, Dettori added: "He's pretty lazy and he took time to get going but he definitely has ability."

The hat-trick was completed in the closing GNB Handicap via Familiar Territory, who ran out a easy three and a quarter length winner.

Sprint king Adi Selvaratnam looked to hold the key to the Xpress Sprint, saddling five runners including the Group 1 Dubai Golden Shaheen third Salaam Dubai.

However, his stable star could manage only third as the 1000m sprint, which went the way of the Rashed Bouresly-trained Star Crowned under Brett Doyle, who saw off veteran Sir Edwin Landseer.


Adi Selvaratnam's Comandante Xara won the Jebel Ali Sprint prep, under young South African Keagan Latham, from Marbush who ran a great race on his first start since March 2006 when fourth in the Godolphin Mile.

Selvaratnam's charge, with the visors removed, was showing a welcome return to form and delighted his trainer: "He has always shown speed and we thought he was well. Keagan (Latham) has given him a great ride and is a promising jockey.

Latham added: "He quickened nicely when I asked him and is a nice horse."

Erwan Charpy saddled a 1-2-3 in the 1200m maiden with David Badel winning on Kept Faith from stable companions Royal Degree and Beetuna. A delighted trainer explained: "I knew they would run well and could not really split them beforehand."

Musabah Al Muhairi's Always Emirates was badly impeded at the start of the 1200m handicap but recovered to score a narrow victory under Wayne Smith. Trainer and jockey doubled up courtesy of Changing Wind in the 1600m handicap and Liwa completed their treble in the concluding 1400m handicap.

Doug Watson's Al Nab'A won the opening 1600m conditions race for Purebred Arabians bred locally in the hands of Martin Dwyer and the trainer saddled a 1-2 in the 1950m handicap. With Gaven Birrer injured in the opening race, Wayne Lordan was able to ride his first UAE winner on Lucky Ray who was chased home by stable companion Tri Another Cat.

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