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Kinane strikes Guineas Gold

SAUDI ARABIA’S Gold For Sale grabbed a last-gasp victory under Mick Kinane in the UAE 2000 Guineas at Nad Al Sheba yesterday.

The Ian Jory-trained three-year-old was last entering the straight, where he was forced very wide after being hampered on the bend, and it was a good effort to get up and deny the one-time Aidan O’Brien inmate Where’s That Tiger.

Jory, a former assistant to Sir Michael Stoute, was delighted: "That is a great way to open our UAE account and Mick has given him a great ride.

"The UAE Derby is the target now."

Kinane added: "We did not jump out as well as I would have liked so I was forced to settle in rear. Just as I was going to move out to close up I was pushed very wide and the horse has done remarkably well to get up from where we were.

"He is a really nice horse and I can see why he is unbeaten."

Clive Brittain’s Well Armed was well-beaten in ninth.

Carrying top-weight did not stop Erwan Charpy’s Kodiac landing the first of two 1300m grass handicaps under Tadhg O’Shea.

The five-year-old, formerly with John Dunlop, was always going well for O’Shea, who said: "He has done it well.

"We hit a bit of a flat spot briefly over a furlong out but he has done it well enough in the end."

Champion jockey Ted Durcan was seen at his best on Alec Laird’s Clasp whom he kicked clear over four furlongs out to win the 10-furlong dirt handicap.

A four-year-old son of Singspiel, winning for only the second time, Clasp always looked like holding the challenge of Parasol.

Laird said: "He ran well last week and that put him spot on for tonight. Ted rides this track as well as anyone and they have done it well."

Durcan added: "We knew he was fit and stays further so I was happy to commit him a long way from home and stretch the others, particularly Parasol. He has done it well."

Durcan had to settle for second in the following race, the second grass 1300m handicap, when Compton’s Eleven was collared over a furlong out by Ryan Moore on Brittain’s Bahiano.

Moore said: "It was not a great race and he worked well when I rode him the other day. He has run on well and it was a good effort."

The concluding 12-furlong grass handicap was won in scintillating fashion by Jamie Poulton’s Land ’n Stars, who prevailed in a thrilling clash in which no less than six horses had a major chance a furlong out.

Poulton’s charge, under John Egan, ran on strongly to land the spoils having been produced to challenge widest of all for a memorable victory.

"That was brilliant and so exciting," said Poulton.

"I knew he had been working well and was as fit as I could get him."