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  • Variety Club Dazzles In Firebreak Stakes

Firebreak Stakes Sponsored By Ford Explorer Sport (Group 3) 1m

  • (3yo+, 1m, Class 1, 9 runners)
  • Winner 419,082 2nd 158,518 3rd 78,748 4th 36,042 5th 18,167 6th 10,841
  • Going: Standard
  • Surface: Sand
Weighed In:
  • Off time: 16:31:14
  • Last Updated: February 13 2014, 18:38 GMT

Variety Club extended his winning streak with a commanding performance in the Firebreak Stakes Sponsored By Ford Explorer Sport at Meydan.

A walk in the park for Variety Club at Meydan
A walk in the park for Variety Club at Meydan

Joey Ramsden was bringing his horse (evens fav) back from an eight month break but the six-year-old showed no signs of rustiness as he made a lot of the running.

With most of his rivals in-behind hard at the work, Anton Marcus sent the South African colt for home off the final bend and he quickened nicely, eventually winning by two lengths.

Ramsden said: "He's gone good, I'm not sure it was more than a reasonable field but he's done it nicely after a break.

"We've never had anything quick enough to go in front of him and while a mile appears to be his best trip, he'll go further.

"We will head to Super Saturday next for a mile and a furlong race on the turf, then we'll see where we go from there."

Jockey Marcus said: "It's pleasing but a relief as well - it's fantastic that the first leg has come to fruition."

Haatheq (12/1) stayed on well under Paul Hanagan to finish a clear second, with Michael Attwater's Empire Storm (20/1) getting the best of a bunch finish for third under Kieren Fallon.

Another South African star Vercingetorix (5-2 favourite) maintained his unbeaten record when holding on for victory in the Ford Tauris Trophy Handicap.

The five-year-old, who had not run for 257 days, led a furlong from the finish and was all out to hold the former Hendy Candy inmate Code Of Honor by half a length with Forjatt just a nose back in third.

"I'm relieved more than anything else. He didn't travel over well but class prevailed at the end of the day," said trainer Mike de Kock.

"He's a horse we'd like to aim at the Duty Free."

De Kock and jockey Christophe Soumillon had earlier struck with Sanshaawes (4-1) in the Ford F-150 Raptor Trophy Handicap.

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