03/29/2014 10:41AM

Al Quoz Sprint: Amber Sky leads all the way

Dubai Racing Club
Amber Sky, with jockey Joao Moreira up, wins the $1 million Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan.

Amber Sky, a Group 1 winner in Hong Kong in January, proved his status as a world-class turf sprinter with an impressive win in Saturday’s $1 million Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan.

Ridden by Joao Moreira, Amber Sky led throughout the five-furlong turf race and held off threats from Ahtoug and the 6-5 favorite Shea Shea in the final yards. Amber Sky, the 5-2 second choice, was timed in 56.21 seconds.

Amber Sky won by a neck over Ahtoug, who finished a head in front of Shea Shea.

Shea Shea won the 2013 Al Quoz Sprint and a local prep race March 8, the Group 3 Meydan Sprint. Ridden by Christophe Soumillon, Shea Shea was at the back of the field for the first quarter-mile and closed to well to finish third.

Ahtoug, second to Shea Shea in the Meydan Sprint, was ridden in the Al Quoz Sprint by Mikael Barzalona, who lost his whip with about a quarter-mile remaining. Berlino di Tiger, sixth in the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint on Feb. 1, finished 11th of 12.

Amber Sky, a 5-year-old gelding by Exceed and Excel, was bred in Australia. Owned by Hung Kam Po and trained by Ricky Yiu, Amber Sky has won 7 of 14 starts and $1,561,953.

The Al Quoz Sprint was Amber Sky’s third win in his last four starts. He won the $180,600 Albatross Handicap over five furlongs at Sha Tin Racecourse in Hong Kong last October and won the Group 1 Centenary Sprint Cup, worth $772,800, on Jan. 26 at Sha Tin.