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Irish eyes smiling in Dubai as A Case Of You sprints to victory

Irish challenger A Case Of You claimed top honours in the Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan.

The Ado McGuinness-trained four-year-old was already a Group One winner, having sparked scenes of wild celebration at ParisLongchamp with victory in last season’s Prix de l’Abbaye.

He went on to finish fifth at the Breeders’ Cup and made a successful reappearance at Dundalk last month before finishing second to Man Of Promise in the Nad Al Sheba Turf Sprint three weeks ago.

Man Of Promise was the odds-on favourite to complete a course and distance hat-trick for Charlie Appleby and William Buick, but could never quite get on terms with 11-1 shot A Case Of You, who galloped strongly against the rail to win a shade cosily under Ronan Whelan.

Richard Hannon’s Happy Romance came home to good effect to beat Man Of Promise to the runner-up spot.

McGuinness said: “Ronan, we call him Ronnie, is a world-class rider he’s proved it on this horse’s last two wins.

Ronan Whelan was all smiles after winning on A Case Of You
Ronan Whelan was all smiles after winning on A Case Of You (Neil Morrice/PA)

“I told him we had to get out. We were behind the Godolphin horse, but we knew we had a huge help being on this side. His last furlong is his best, and even though the favourite was beside us we beat him well.

“It was soft ground when he won in Paris and quickish here, but good horses go on any ground.

“He will be ok over a fast five furlongs at Ascot (King’s Stand), but the big ones are the Abbaye and then the Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland where the five and a half furlongs with a bit of juice in the ground would be ideal.”

Whelan said: “France was special for a number of different reasons, but we came here as a proven Group One horse and were chasing the win, not the prize money lower down.

“I thought I’d committed too soon but he pricked his ears and went again. I found a golden highway.”

Al Quoz aim for Hannon’s Happy Romance

Bargain-buy Happy Romance is set to continue her money-spinning ways in the Group One Al Quoz Sprint on Dubai World Cup night.

The daughter of Dandy Man finished half a length behind Songline in the Group Three 1351 Turf Sprint in Riyadh on her latest start.

Happy Romance, who won the Weatherbys Super Sprint as a juvenile and the Group Three Hackwood Stakes at Newbury last season, took her earnings to over £400,000 with her latest near-miss.

Richard Hannon’s purchasing gurus, Ross and Peter Doyle, picked up the filly for £25,000 at the Goffs UK Premier yearlings sale and she has gone on to win six of her 16 starts for first-time owners, Basingstoke-based husband and wife Ray and Claire McMurray, and their son, Oliver.

The filly, who was purchased with the couple’s 30th wedding anniversary in mind, is now set for the $1million Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan on World Cup night.

She is expected to take on the might of Charlie Appleby’s Group One winner Creative Force and Saturday’s impressive Group Three Nad Al Sheba Turf Sprint winner Man Of Promise.

Hannon said: “Happy Romance ran a blinder in Riyadh. She has come back and is in good form and she will go for the Al Quoz.

“I don’t really know what the plan is after that. We’ll get her back and plot races from there. We’ll see how she gets on in Dubai and once she is right, we’ll look for the next one.”

She will drop back from seven furlongs to the six-furlong trip that she has won over on four occasions on her next outing.

“I always thought she would get seven furlongs,” said Hannon. “She is extremely capable over both six and seven furlongs and that will give her plenty of options again this season. She is a smashing filly.”