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Krypton Factor won the Golden Shaheen for Bahrain last year, when he came with a strong run in the closing stages to peg back Singapore's champion Rocket Man, winner of the race in 2011 and runner-up in 2010. Krypton Factor failed to win again in 2012. Don't hold that against him. He was not over-raced either, and he ran decent races in defeat, so it would be foolish to write him off.

Winning the Golden Shaheen back-to-back is anything but easy. Only one horse has managed the feat, namely US ace Caller One in 2001 and 2002. Krypton Factor, with regular partner Kieren Fallon, went on to Singapore after his win last year, but could manage only sixth behind the locally trained winner Ato in the Krisflyer Sprint (G1) at Kranji racecourse. A month later Krypton Factor stepped out on the famous Royal Ascot lawn, and went for an even tougher task. He was one of 13 brave enough to take on the sensational Black Caviar in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes (G1), run over a straight 6-furlong trip. He put in a fine effort to finish fifth, beaten no more than 2 lengths by the Australian champion. Black Caviar was not at her best on the day but remember; Krypton Factor was giving her three pounds (1,5kg). He could hardly have been a bad run could it. Especially since the Ascot course is so different to Meydan's Tapeta course, where Krypton Factor is at his best.

The son of Kyllachy, who actually began his racing career in lower grades in England, enjoyed a long break after his trip to Ascot and when he returned to the races, in the Al Shindagha Sprint (G3) here at Meydan in February, it was after a 129-day layoff and he was probably a bit ring rusty on the day. Sent off favourite, he was rather anonymous in the first half of the contest, but came with a late run to get up for third, behind the Australian Group One winner Mental and Kavanagh (who won next time out).

Last update: 2013-03-07 12:18:44 (First published: 2013-03-07 08:29:06 )

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