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27 Sep 2018
Issue Number: Issue 648
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Biscuit Minds his trophy in stunning fashion


After a disappointing end to 2017 Mind Your Biscuits, winner of last year’s Dubai Golden Shaheen, proved he deserved to come back to Meydan again with a thrilling repeat victory in the 2018 renewal.Mind Your Biscuits was slow to break, forfeiting the presumed advantage of his draw in one and trailing the field for the majority of the 1200m contest. With 400m to go his jockey, Joel Rosario, finally found the response he had been looking for earlier in the race and the pair flew down the middle of the wide dirt track. With little time to spare they chased down X Y Jet and 2017 Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Roy H, who seemed untouchable as they battled it out in the last 100m.

With mere metres left in the race, the Chad Summers-trained Mind Your Biscuits ate the distance between his opponents to snatch the valuable first place prize for himself by a head from X Y Jet with Roy H less than a length further back. He completed the race in 1:10.12s, a new track record. Previous track record holder, Jordan Sport, was first out of the gate to set the early pace with X Y Jet hot on his heels. My Catch settled into third and Japanese invader Matera Sky took the fourth position on the back stretch but moved up to third as they rounded the far turn. As they turned for home Jordan Sport began to fade, giving X Y Jet the lead with Roy H chasing hard.

Neither seemed aware of the looming threat that was Mind Your Biscuits until he swooped in the final strides. “We had lost four in a row but we had reasons for all four,” Summers said. “He’s a horse who knows where the wire is and he just never gives up. For my staff in New York, Florida and internationally it’s such an unbelievable thing for them: the team that gets everything done. It’s never about the trainer and never should be about the trainer. For the horse, it’s important he showed who the real Mind Your Biscuits was. “We respect the international community so much. We’ve seen what Wesley Ward has done as an ambassador for the sport and we should not to be afraid to ship out.

To ship and do it and overcome everything, and Lasix free, it’s important. “To have a horse peak on the right day and the right time, this is the race we pointed for and he took it to the wire but he came through for us.” A relieved Rosario added: “I have a lot of faith in this horse every time I ride him. I just let him be ‘Biscuits’ and do what he wants. He always gives 100%. I’m so happy, Chad and his team did a very good job.”

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