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Sky soars in Al Quoz sprint

Hong Kong star Amber Sky ended the dominance of Mike de Kock's Shea Shea in the Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan.

Ridden by the Brazilian sensation Joao Moreira, Amber Sky had risen through the ranks in the Far East in the care of trainer Ricky Yiu Poon-fai and was swiftly into the lead from the outset.

Last year's winner and 11-10 favourite Shea Shea appeared to be left with too much on his plate as he sneaked third, but Amber Sky (5-2) was just doing enough and finished just ahead of Ahtoug.

Moreira said: "I really couldn't feel any better after that. He's such an easy horse to ride and I was able to get him into a good rhythm and nicely relaxed.

"You have to have a good horse to win a race like this and he's a special one."

De Kock said of Shea Shea: "He lost half a length leaving the gate and then he had to snatch him up but, in fairness, we would never have beaten the winner."