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ANTHONY Delpech might not have emulated the feat of Weichong Marwing in 2004 and walked away from the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup at Ascot with the Silver Saddle, but he certainly had a memorable UK debut on Saturday.

The South African champion joined Australian Kerrin McEvoy and Japan’s Keita Tosaki to make up the Rest Of The World team and they finished in second spot behind Great Britain and Ireland.

Delpech was in line for the Silver Saddle trophy that goes to the jockey with the highest points at the meeting and it all came down to the last race.

Delpech won on Glenys The Menace (nearest camera).

Delpech won on Glenys The Menace (nearest camera).

The South African had earlier won Race 5 over 2300m on 8-1 shot Glenys The Menace, who beat 2-1 favourite Contango by 0.50 lengths with Bear Valley a further neck back in third place. The horse appeared to be quite keen early on but in the straight he made headway on the outside over the final 200m. He led close home and then stayed on well to get the better of the favourite.

With teammate McEvoy finishing second, it put the Rest Of The World in contention. It all came down to the final race, in which Delpech rode 9-2 shot Lualiwa and, had he won, he would have walked off with the Silver Saddle. But it wasn’t to be for the South African as he ran second to Golden Apollo ridden by Fran Berry, who took the title.

“It was a good finish from Lualiwa,” said Delpech. “it was a great ride, and everything went my way. I might have moved up just a little soon but I didn’t want to get squeezed out.”

That left Delpech in fourth place on 30 points, but the five-point difference between first and second gave Berry 37 points.

Berry continued his love affair with the Shergar Cup, maintaining his unbeaten record in the competition as part of the winning team for the third time.

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SHEIKH Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum’s home-bred Kinaan (Aus) has ‘stayer’ written all over him.

Kinaan had showed marked improvement in his first start over ground midway through November, finishing second over 2450m – he built on that to get his first win out the way in a MR70 Handicap over 2400m at the Vaal on Tuesday.

Jockey Anthony Delpech said Kinaan, five lengths off them, was travelling so well halfway down the home straight that he had them all taped.

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Kinaan didn’t quite know what to do, but won well anyway. (JC Photos).

His mount came charging through with 400m to run, shifted out and then ducked sharply in, but regained his momentum and overwhelmed his competition, winning by just over three lengths.

“I had to change my stick when Kinaan ducked to the rail and I kept riding him because Andrew Fortune was following me on Top Shot and I didn’t know how far they were behind me,”” said Delpech.

“Kinaan is a big baby, he didn’t know what to do when he came to the front but the more mature, the better he’ll get.  He won a nice race, he’s a lovely little horse.”

Assistant Clayton Matthee commented: “We’ll pick out a couple of races for him now. He’’s a very well bred horse and he won well against winners today, he was running away at the end.”

Kinaan is a three-year-old colt by Galileo, and presumably named after jockey Mick Kinane (often pronounced Ki-Naan), who partnered the former European great to five of his six wins.

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