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  • 17:00 Al Rashidiya Sponsored By Dubal Group 2 Stakes 1m 1f

  • (Turf) 732,531 added 3yo+ 12 ran
  • Winner 419,082 2nd 158,518 3rd 78,748 4th 36,042
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
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  • Off time: 17:06:08

Mike de Kock saddled a one-two at Meydan

Last Updated: 30/01/14 5:19pm

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Mike de Kock: Saddled a one-two

Mike de Kock: Saddled a one-two

Mike de Kock saddled a one-two in the Group Two Al Rashidiya Sponsored By Dubal at Meydan.

The South African handler had won the previous two renewals of this race and completed a hat-trick with the Christophe Soumillon ridden Mujaarib edging out the better fancied Mushreq with both horses sporting the colours of Sheikh Hamdan al Maktoum.

There was drama before the race with a false start called with some stalls opening before others but the field were re-loaded and the contest got underway at the second attempt.

Steeler and Maputo took the field along at something of a crawl and there was plenty of trouble in running in a rough race as runners tried to engineer some room in the sprint for home.

Soumillon, however, brought his mount widest of all and the six-year-old just had enough left in the tank to repel the challenge of his stablemate on the inside with Maputo holding on for third.

De Kock revealed that the punters were not the only people surprised by the result: "[There were] None more surprised than me," he told Sky Sports.

"I didn't think he could win it at all although I thought he'd run well. He's had a lot of problems in his life and Sheikh Hamdan has been very patient with him and he's well rewarded.

"He's a smart horse but we felt he'd improve for the run. Mushreq was a little unlucky in that he didn't get out but we'll take the result and grab it with two hands."

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