x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Society Rock victorious in Sprint Cup

Society Rock returned to Group 1-winning form with victory in the Sprint Cup at Haydock Park in England.

DUBAI , UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - Mar 31 : Ortensia ( AUS ) ridden by Craig Williams won the Al Quoz Sprint ( 5th horse race 1000m Turf ) at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai. The trainer is Paul Messara. ( Pawan Singh / The National ) For Sports. Story by Sarah
DUBAI , UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - Mar 31 : Ortensia ( AUS ) ridden by Craig Williams won the Al Quoz Sprint ( 5th horse race 1000m Turf ) at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai. The trainer is Paul Messara. ( Pawan Singh / The National ) For Sports. Story by Sarah

Society Rock returned to Group 1-winning form with victory in the Sprint Cup at Haydock Park in England yesterday for trainer James Fanshawe and jockey Kieren Fallon.

Society Rock was winning his second race at the highest level, having been successful in the Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot last year.

Australian mare Ortensia, the pre-race favourite, raced much handier than when winning the Nunthorpe Stakes at York but could never get in a serious position to challenge for the lead and was heavily eased in the final furlong in beating just one home.

Fallon said: "It all came right today and he's done it well. He travelled really well and I got all the splits down the rail that I needed."

Elsewhere, Godolphin celebrated their 150th winner of the year when Ahzeemah won the Mobile Handicap at Ascot. The Dubai-based operation reached the milestone in its quickest ever time.

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