28 November 2005

Daring Dettori defies all in Japan Cup

"Alkaased rewrote a race record that had stood for 16 years, topping the New Zealand mare Horlick's time of 2 minutes, 22.2 seconds by one-tenth of a second." The Japan Times Online

"I cannot believe it,’’ Dettori told Racing Post. 'It means a huge amount to me to win this race for Luca Cumani. He started me off, and we had eight great years together. He molded me and taught me what to do and say. The fact that I am here talking to you is due to him. He is mainly responsible for it.’’ Thoroughbred Times

"On account of Alkaased being trained in Newmarket by Luca Cumani, he goes down in the record books as Britain's first victor since Pilsudski in 1997, though the horse himself was bred in the USA and both trainer and jockey are Italian."
The Guardan

"The 2003 winner Tap Dance City set a furious pace with Stormy Cafe early on as the pair pulled four lengths clear of the field. Tap Dance City turned for home with a three-length lead, but was swallowed up by the pack... Alkaased took a narrow lead in the final furlong and held on to take victory in [world] record time." BBC Horse Racing:

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