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Last Updated: Saturday, 18 June, 2005, 14:52 GMT 15:52 UK
Golden win for Cape of Good Hope
GOLDEN JUBILEE STAKES
Michael Kinane on Cape Of Good Hope
1 Cape of Good Hope (M J Kinane) 6-1
2 Galeota (RL Moore) 15-2
3 Balmont (C Soumillon) 9-2f
Hong Kong-based raider Cape of Good Hope set a new course record to win the Golden Jubilee Stakes on the final day of the Royal Ascot at York meeting.

The 6-1 shot, ridden by Mick Kinane, won by a head from Galeota, with the 9-2 favourite Balmont back in third.

The victory for the seven-year-old, who was fourth in the Kings Stand earlier in the week, extended his advantage in the Global Sprint Challenge.

It also provided Kinane with his fifth win of the five-day meeting.

Kinane was set to ride the well-fancided Somnus, but switched to Cape Of Good Hope when Tim Easterby's horse was one of five late withdrawals because of the fast ground.

The horse was always travelling well as Galeota attempted to make all the running but although Richard Hannon's charge looked as though he might hold on, Cape Of Good Hope proved too strong in the closing stages.

It was a sweet success for British-born trainer David Oughton, who had the honour of saddling the first-ever Hong Kong winner in Britain.

"It's a great day for me to come home and have a winner. It means an awful lot," he said.

"He's so tough, and a marvellous horse to train. He's been all over the world - to Australia, Japan and England twice - and he's just a really tough horse.

"I wouldn't make a habit of running him twice in a week. He's now done it twice at Ascot, but normally in Hong Kong he would have six weeks between races.

"Coming all this way we take a chance and run him twice in a week, and it's come off."




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