Bahrain Trainer Saddles Dubai Golden Shaheen Winner

Krypton Factor struck a huge blow for Bahrain trainer Fawzi Nass when finishing off the race best of all under the powerful urgings of Kieren Fallon to wear down defending champion Rocket Man and Felix Coetzee, drawing away in the final 100m to win the Group 1 US$ 2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen, sponsored by Gulf News by two and a quarter lengths.

Rocket Man broke alertly from gate 1 to take an early but never uncontested lead. He was pressed all the way in the early stages by U.S challenger Giant Ryan who led briefly going into the turn before Rocket Man reasserted.

At the head of the straight Rocket Man found more and looked briefly to have shaken off the pursuing pack, but it was quickly apparent that danger was lurking behind in the shape of Krypton Factor, whom Fallon had launched in pursuit of the Singapore champion. The gap narrowed and Krypton Factor ran on to wear down the long-time leader, and win a shade cosily at the wire.

Of the remainder Hong Kong sprinter Lucky Nine ran on to be third under Brett Prebble two further lengths adrift, with a further length back to Hitchens and Silvestre De Sousa in fourth.

The win marked a first thoroughbred success at the Dubai World Cup for the Kingdom of Bahrain, and afterwards a delighted Fawzi Nass said, He had never faced competition as tough as this, but we still felt confident going into the race. We knew there would be a lot of pace, so thought it would be best to sit off it. Then Kieren angled him out and that was that. We may go to Singapore next and well be thinking about Royal Ascot as well depending on how things go.

Winning jockey Kieren Fallon said, This horse has continued to improve all through the Dubai World Cup Carnival, and I knew he was in good form. He was always going well for me tonight and Id love to ride him at Royal Ascot.

Rocket Mans jockey Felix Coetzee was gracious in defeat, saying: Hes such a professional. Going to the start he was composed and knew exactly what was going on. He flew out so fast and landed in front and was going well in front, though he was being pressed by the American horse, which wasnt ideal, but he never stopped.

Disappointment of the race was the Bob Baffert-trained The Factor, who never flashed his expected early speed an finished a lack lustre sixth. His jockey Rafael Bejarano said the horse had every chance but ran like a tired horse.

Krypton Factor stopped the clock in 1:10:79, in the fastest renewal of the Dubai Golden Shaheen since its relocation to Meydan.