03/27/2004 12:00AM

Paolini, Right Approach dead heat in Duty Free

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Paolini and Right Approach finished in a dead heat for first in the $2 million Dubai Duty Free, arriving at the wire together after rallying from the back of the field.

Paolini was forced to check early in the long stretch. He recovered and rallied from last of 11 in the final quarter-mile. Right Approach was last with three furlongs remaining.

Paolini is trained in Germany by Andreas Wohler and was ridden by Eduardo Pedroza.

Right Approach is trained by de Kock and was ridden by Marwing.

Nayyir finished third in the field of 11. Sarafan, trained in California by Neil Drysdale, was third midway through the race, but faded to finish 10th.

Paolini was making his first start since finishing in a dead heat for third in the Arlington Million last August. He was promoted to second after the disqualification of race winner Storming Home.