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+12 Fawzi Nass
Bahrain’s success on the international stage has been a feature of recent months, not least on the Saudi Cup undercard, where trainers Fawzi Nass and Allan Smith, both based in the kingdom, won the first two races with Dark Power and Port Lions respectively.
They were both $1 million events, and the Nass-trained Port Lions – who started life in Ireland – claimed a notable scalp when downing Japan’s globetrotting mare Deirdre.
Nass was at it again last week, this time in Dubai on the Super Saturday card when he saddled Salute The Soldier for a runaway 5½-length success under the ever-reliable Adrie de Vries in the G3 Burj Nahaar. Formerly trained by Clive Cox, the five-year-old had won a handicap on turf earlier at this year’s Dubai Carnival.
Salute The Soldier will now go to the Godolphin Mile on World Cup night as a leading contender; Nass earns a 12pt gain on the TRC global rankings (#168 from #265).
Elsewhere it was another good week for the Kiwi contingent in terms of ranking points. After the previous week’s G1 double in Australia, Opie Bosson must be wondering what he’s got to do to be named our rankings star as he joined forces with trainer Jamie Richards for more of the same back home at Ellerslie.
The pair teamed up to score at the Auckland track with Cool Aza Beel in the Sistema Stakes and Avanatge in the New Zealand Stakes. With a 6pt gain, Bosson enters the world jockeys’ top 20 (#19 from £21), while the impressive Richards continues his startling rise up the trainers’ ranks (#6 from #9). Sam Collett registers a 9pt gain, too, for winning the Auckland Cup on Roger That.
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