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Olivier Peslier - jockey - 2010

Olivier Peslier: won the Qatar International Cup on Burren Quality

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Peslier victorious on Burren Quality

Report: Qatar, Wednesday

Al Rayyan, Doha: Qatar International Cup (Group 2) 1m turf, 3yo+

OLIVIER PESLIER showed there is no substitute for experience when he rode his rivals to sleep from the front on Burren Quality in the Qatar International Cup on Wednesday.

Peslier turned 40 last month and won the last of his four French champion jockey's title in 2000, but remains at the top of his game in international terms, and conjured more than the best out of his four-year-old mount, whose form in France warranted a rating of 97, which had slipped back to 92 after four races for the leading stable of Umm Qarn and trainer Alban de Mieulle in Qatar.

Burren Quality, bred by the Moyglare stud in Ireland but sold in France to present connections for €240,000 as a yearling, had won just one race previously, a small conditions event last May - ridden by Peslier.

The combination clicked again on their first meeting in Qatar, and took the winner's prize of £81,200 by coming home unchallenged after making all the running.

Burren Quality, whose previous trainer Freddy Head was on hand to share in the success, is set for a significant hike in the ratings, as the runner-up, a length-and-a-quarter behind, was Amigo Mio, a reliable yardstick locally rated 115 -admittedly over longer distances - since his departure from France in 2010.

The ex-Brian Meehan-trained Right To Dream took third place for Mark Lawson.

Also on Wednesday

HOPES that Emma Sayer, Britain's representative in this year's Fegentri women's amateur riders' world championship, and Ireland's Lisa O'Neill might make an impression in the second leg of the season-long series were dashed by halfway in the 1m maiden race.

Both were at full stretch from the start and nearer the back of the field than the front on the home turn.

Jones, who limbered up for her second visit to Qatar in a hunter chase and a bumper at the weekend, stayed on the better of the two, finishing sixth on Statesmanship, while Sayer beat three home in the 15-horse field on Loup Green.

The race was won by Tortoni, formerly with Kevin Ryan, scooting clear by five lengths under France's Barbara Guenet.

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