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Last Updated: 27/08/11 4:14pm
Shane Kelly: Rode Mehdi
Mehdi won the £100,000 Tattersalls Millions Median Auction Stakes at Newmarket.
Trained by Brian Meehan, Mehdi edged out red-hot favourite Samitar in a thrilling finish to the valuable sales race with the pair pulling clear of the third Balty Boys.
The son of Holy Roman Emperor had won just one of his previous five starts and had been well held in a conditions race at Windsor last time but returned to form with a game success.
He had raced in a group of five on the near side under Shane Kelly but the two groups gradually merged in the centre of the track in the closing stages as Samitar - the winner of the Albany Stakes - drifted to her right, carrying Balty Boys with her.
The third was squeezed out as the filly continued to drift under Jamie Spencer but he looked held at the time as the first two battled to the finish.
Samitar looked to be holding the upper hand only for Mehdi to wear her down in the shadow of the post and prevail by a short-head.
Meehan said: "He's done us proud. He is entered in the remaining Tattersalls Millions races so we will see what happens nearer the time.
"He was bought by Angie Sykes at Tattersalls last year and he's done a really good job for us and his owner, Iraj Parvizi who is a loyal supporter."