The older geldings Jim and Tonic and Fairy King Prawn ran by the great New Zealand mare Sunline and fought to the finish in the Dubai Duty Free (UAE-II) on the World Cup card at Nad al Sheba racecourse. At the end, it was Jim and Tonic on top as the 7-year-old French-bred posted his 11th victory in his 30th career start. Previous to the Duty Free, the gelding trained by Francois Doumen was third in the Hong Kong Cup (HK-I) in December.
Sunline, a globe-trotting mare who could have become the first Australasian runner to reach the AUS$10-million earnings mark, took the lead down the backstretch and appeared headed to victory before being overtaken by the top two. She held on for third.
"Being 7 years old, he doesn't need as much work as before," Doumen said. "He's a real professional and runs like a professional."Chart