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Krypton Factor wins the 2012 Golden Shaheen
Krypton Factor wins the 2012 Golden Shaheen

Krypton Factor wins the 2012 Golden Shaheen at Meydan Racecourse

© Vanessa Ng
March 31, 2012

There are two sprints held on Dubai World Cup night, one on the "dirt" and one on the turf. The $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen (G1), sponsored by Gulf News, is the feature sprint event on the card, contested at 1200 meters (about 6 furlongs) around one turn of the Tapeta main track. A field of 12 older horses went to post, with top American hope The Factor sent off as the 2-1 favorite off his wins in the Malibu (G1) and San Carlos (G2) both at Santa Anita. In to challenge him included 5-2 second choice and defending champion Rocket Man, winner of the Kranji Stakes in Singapore, and 7-1 third choice Lucky Nine, winner of the Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup (G1) at Sha Tin last out.

Jockey Felix Coetzee sent Rocket Man to the lead and he led the field through quick fractions of 23.83 and 46.54 while pressed by Giant Ryan. Rocket Man led to mid-stretch through 5/8 in 58.38,. but 8-1 Krypton Factor who stalked the pace 4th early, passed the pacesetter to win by 2 1/4 lengths in 1:10.79. It was another 2 lengths back to Lucky Nine third, while favorite The Factor raced near the back of the field early and could not recover, checking in sixth.

Results Chart for the race from Racing Post which incluces a link to the video replay.

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