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Remembering the winners and some gallant losers

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 12 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 12 December, 2012, 2:37am
 

Results are compelling and the reflex after an event like the international meeting is to admire the best win, best rides, best training performances and so on. But while whoever finishes in front is what it's all about, that doesn't mean there weren't other great efforts which didn't hit the maximum pay-off.

Gerald Mosse was brilliant on Red Cadeaux, and his ride was only the winning short-head margin ahead of Douglas Whyte's effort on runner-up Jaguar Mail. Whyte won't ride two more perfect major races than his offerings on Jaguar Mail and Glorious Days without getting on the glory sheet.

Likewise, trainer Derek Cruz didn't get the thick end of the Sprint but did a terrific job to have three runners in the field of 12, including grand nine-year-old Joy And Fun, who was fourth at his first outing for six months.

And the Ambitious Dragon story was a great one, with Tony Millard, wife Beverley and all the stable staff virtually pulling an all-nighter to get him to the post and in shape to win the Mile in such facile fashion. But there was another amazing training performance, the one that doesn't attract so much attention because it wasn't successful. Lucky Forever.

Peter Ng Bik-kuen produced Lucky Forever in form to fight out the finish of the last race, even though he was just 23 days short of a two-year break from racing with serious injuries. You don't see that too often.

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