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Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Sprint thriller

Jamie Spencer has long been a master on hold-up horses and he produced a peach of a ride as the William Haggas-trained Victory Day (7/4f) came from last to first to win the £60,000 Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Sprint.

Spencer, riding for the Great Britain & Ireland team produced the three-year-old son of Bated Breath to perfection in the six-furlong contest as they took the lead in the closing stages to record a length win.

“That was a good performance from Victory Day. He is a very good horse. Victory Day should have won at York last time, but he is a typical William Haggas improver.

“He looks to be a Group horse in a handicap and he did that very well.

“I rode him like the best horse today. We didn’t go that fast and they drifted towards the middle of the rail and given my draw in stall 12, I was able to go down the fence and run on strongly.

“It is nice to get a winner at the Shergar Cup after a tough day for the Great Britain & Ireland team.”

After the final race at today’s Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup, the Rest of the World were crowned the winning team with 86 points. Team Europe and The Girls were joint-second with 63 points and Great Britain & Ireland finished with 28 points.

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