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Daily Archives: October 19, 2008

Racing: Godolphin’s All The Good wins Australia’s Caulfield Cup

The Godolphin stable, the world's largest racing team, finally claimed a Group One victory in Australia when outsider All The Good won the Caulfield Cup in Melbourne yesterday.
Ridden by Australian jockey Kerrin McEvoy, All The Good (40-1) raced away in the straight to beat AJC Australian Derby winner Nom Du Jeu (30-1) by three-quarters of a length, with Barbaricus (100-1) a long neck away in third.
The six-year-old, coming off a win at Newbury in England at its last start in August, was bought by the Godolphin stable a few months ago.
Godolphin, which was put together by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai, and his brothers Sheikh Hamdan and Sheikh Ahmed in 1993, has tried and failed 15 times to win one of Melbourne's two big Cup races.
The global stable has had three placegetters in the Melbourne Cup, the race they want to win to crown their worldwide Group One successes.
McEvoy said All The Good could be the horse to achieve that goal in Australia's big race at Flemington on November 4.
"To win this is such a thrill," McEvoy said. "The horse is obviously going to have a great chance in the Melbourne Cup if he pulls up well."

Motorcycling: Pedrosa grabs pole for Malaysian MotoGP

by M. Jegathesan*

Dani Pedrosa seized pole position ahead of today's Malaysian MotoGP after a fierce duel with newly crowned world champion Valentino Rossi in wet track conditions.
The Spaniard rocketed his Honda around the 5.5 kilometre (3.4 mile) Sepang track in two minutes 1.548 seconds yesterday to finish 0.409 seconds ahead of his Italian rival Rossi on a Yamaha.
Spain's Jorge Lorenzo on a Yamaha finished third in 2:02.171 while Australian Ducati rider Casey Stoner could only manage seventh in 2:02.953.
Pedrosa took pole position in one of the finest qualifying sessions of the season, snatching the top spot from Rossi with the clock already run down to zero.
Rossi looked to have secured what would have been his third pole of the season with two flying laps, with his reaction suggesting that enough had been done, but Pedrosa fired back to beat the Italian.
A frenetic final five minutes saw numerous changes in the leadership of the session, as the riders brought their qualifying tyres to the game in search of pole position.
Pedrosa, who will take the pole inside the front row of the grid, snatched pole in Sepang last year and went on to secure third place.
Rossi tops the standings after 16 races with 332 points while Stoner stands at 245.
"We were lucky … to go out (in wet track conditions) with the right tyre. It is great to start in the first row tomorrow," Rossi said after the qualifying practice.
Rossi will start from second on the grid, with Yamaha teammate Lorenzo on the front row for the fifth consecutive race.
The positions will be an important boost for all three, with the knowledge that every premier class winner in Malaysia since 1999 has come from the first row.
Honda rider Nicky Hayden will take off from the head of the second row, joined by Friday's fastest man, Yamaha's Colin Edwards with 2007 victor Stoner relegated to row three alongside Italian Suzuki rider Loris Capirossi and Frenchman Randy de Puniet on a Honda.
Rossi is the most successful rider at Sepang with four victories and is favourite to win again in Sunday's penultimate race of the season.
The Italian has been in top form since his victory at the US Grand Prix in Laguna Seca in July.
With 50 points still up for grabs, Rossi is 35 points short of his record 2005 MotoGP season tally of 367 from 17 races, matched by Stoner last year from 16 races.
Stoner, who will undergo an operation on an old wrist injury when the season finishes, has won in Sepang in all three world championship classes and is confident of another podium place.
Japan's Hiroshi Aoyama grabbed pole in the 250 cc class, while Italy's Marco Simoncelli, series leader in the 250 class with 240 points, was placed third.
Italy's Andrea Iannone on a Aprilia snatched pole in the 125cc ahead of Hungarian Gabor Talmacsi, the 2007 champion, also on a Aprilia.