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Posted 2023-11-17 22:31:24  
Spirit Dancer Gallops to Victory: Sir Alex Ferguson's Joy at Bahrain International Trophy

In a dazzling showcase of speed, stamina, and strategy, the Bahrain International Trophy unfolded at the Bahrain Turf Club, keeping racing enthusiasts at the edge of their seats. Spirit Dancer emerged as the triumphant hero amidst fierce competition, securing a decisive victory that brought unparalleled joy to legendary football manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

Under the guidance of skilled jockey Oisin Orr and the training expertise of Richard Fahey, Spirit Dancer, a six-year-old Group 3 winner at York's Ebor meeting earlier this year, displayed exceptional form throughout the thrilling 1m 2f race. The final furlong surge sealed the victory, drawing Spirit Dancer clear of the competition and claiming the $1 million prize.

Sir Alex Ferguson, former manager of Manchester United and co-breeder of Spirit Dancer alongside Niall McLoughlin, expressed his excitement in an interview with Racing TV, exclaiming, "He absolutely bolted up. Without doubt, that's the best feeling ever! To do that against those horses, I couldn't believe it."

The victory was not just a testament to Spirit Dancer's prowess but also a result of strategic decision-making. Ferguson acknowledged the trust placed in jockey Oisin Orr, following Fahey's advice to "leave it to the jockey, and he'll be alright." This collaboration between owner, trainer, and jockey proved to be a winning formula.

Despite facing strong competition, including entries from the Godolphin stable, Spirit Dancer's performance was exceptional, leaving Ferguson both terrified and immensely proud of the gelding's triumph.

Joint-owner Ged Mason expressed gratitude to Bahrain for hosting the event, saying, "It's unbelievable, and thank you to Bahrain for having us. The people have been so lovely, and it's been amazing. This is an unbelievable feeling."

The victory adds another illustrious chapter to the joint-ownership success of Ferguson and Mason, solidifying their reputation in the world of horse ownership. As the curtain falls on the Bahrain International Trophy, the Bahrain Turf Club receives applause for orchestrating a world-class event that captivated global horse racing enthusiasts.

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