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PUBLISHED : Thursday, 17 May, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 17 May, 2007, 12:00am

Olivier Doleuze receives the South China Morning Post Cup from Nancy Valiente, the newspaper's managing director, watched by the SCMP's editor C.K. Lau (second from right) and Jockey Club chairman John Chan (far right). Doleuze earned the honour by steering Grand Commands to victory in the feature race of last night's Happy Valley meeting. It looked a competitive race on paper but Grand Commands and Doleuze turned it into a one-horse affair, leading from the jump and clearing out to score by 31/2 lengths. This was the fourth year of sponsorship by the SCMP Group and Valiente told guests at the invitation-only function on the eighth floor that it further underlined the group's commitment to the most popular sport in Hong Kong. The eight-race programme saw leading jockey Douglas Whyte's comfort margin reduced by one, with Brett Prebble and Doleuze riding a winner each while the six-time champion went home empty-handed.