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J J The Jet Plane (2nd from top) wins the Al Quoz Sprint from War Artist (red cap) Meydan 26.03.2011

J J The Jet Plane swoops to land Al Quoz Sprint

Report: Meydan, Saturday

Al Quoz Sprint Sponsored By Emirates NDB (Group 2) Turf, 3yo+

J J The Jet Plane overcame an extremely troubled path to land the Group 2 Al Quoz Sprint, the opening race of the Dubai World Cup meeting, in a thrilling four-way finish.

Getting blocked in his run on multiple occasions, jockey Bernard Fayd'herbe found several dead ends before finally getting a gap inside the last furlong and rallying to get up close home.


The race was run in poor visibility with a fog hanging over the course. Trainer Lucky Houdalakis said: "The first I saw of him he was going sideways and he got bumped several times. I didn't know he was going to get up until the last 70 metres."

Fayd'herbe, explaining the trouble in running, said: "I jumped well and was happy with where I was but I got into a box at the wrong time.

"The horse got me out and he's won a very good race. It's the most valuable win of my career and a definite highlight, though I have won some big races in South Africa."

War Artist, under Olivier Peslier, made a bold bid from the front and was just caught close home by the flying South African sprinter in the shadows of the post. Better Be The One took third.

 
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