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Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Delight as Dow's Scaramanga lands valuable Doha pot

Mr Scaramanga (Adrie de Vries, 3rd left) wins the Al Biddah
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Simon Dow thanked owners Robert Moss and Dale Brennan for transforming the fortunes of his Epsom stables after his Mr Scaramanga earned the pair a £115,000 pot in Qatar on Saturday.

Mr Scaramanga, a £90,000 purchase from a Richard Hannon syndicate at the Tattersalls Horses in Training Sale in October, was always well placed from stall two under Adrie De Vries in the Al Biddah Mile, a local Group 2.

Another British challenger, the David Evans-trained Sea Fox, made a bold bid from the front but faded to finish fourth, with Mr Scaramanga prevailing by three-quarters of a length from the Eduardo Pedroza-ridden local hope Pazeer.

Dow said: "He won on his first run for us at Lingfield and we wanted to go to Meydan with him, but we ran him in a trial on the all-weather at Newcastle and he ran badly – we'll keep him to the turf now. Then along came this wonderful opportunity."

Simon Dow in the winner's enclosure after Mr Scaramanga's win

A delighted Moss added: "They invited us – they were short of horses of his rating – and I'm glad they did. We have 16 horses with Simon altogether and now we'll be able to buy some more."

The Essex-based pair are both in the electrical business and have been friends for ten years. Moss is a long-term owner with Dow and persuaded his friend to get involved only recently.

Brennan added: "We're off to celebrate with bottles of water all round, as there is no alcohol allowed here."

On a beautiful afternoon in Doha perfect for a relaxed family day out, North Yorkshire raider Caspian Prince finished a gallant third under Tom Eaves in the earlier Dukhan Sprint, a local Group 3, behind Jassim Al Ghazali's favourite Izzthatright, mount of Harry Bentley and winner of the race the previous year.

Caspian Prince, whose best form has been at five furlongs, used his early speed to grab the race by the scruff of the neck under Eaves, but his early exertions told over the sixth furlong as he was just run out of it.

Proud owner Stephen Louch, an electrical engineer from Leicestershire, said: "He's run a brilliant race and has just been found out by the distance. We were worried about the trip but we thought we'd come here and give it a shot and see where we stood.

"We'll go back to Dubai now, run him on Super Saturday all being well, and then I'd love to get an invitation to run on World Cup night."

They invited us – they were short of horses of his rating – and I'm glad they did. We have 16 horses with Simon altogether and now we'll be able to buy some more
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