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Byline: By Robin WEIR

ELECTROCUTIONIST defied convention under the Nad Al Sheba floodlights to win the world's richest race, the $6million dollar Dubai World Cup, on sheer guts alone.

Instead of taking the usual route of grinding out success from the front, Frankie Dettori had to do it the hard way.

And it was a feat the crowd recognised with a tremendous roar on a highly-charged evening as the Italian somehow brought the winner from nowhere to win going away from the American challenger Brass Hat.

Even Dettori was forced to admit, despite being no stranger to big-race success, that the victory and reception had left him feeling "totally numb".

Electrocutionist was always going to face a tough task in getting a decent position from stall one and when the ex-Italian recruit was slowly into his stride the writing appeared to be firmly on the wall.

Dettori had to push along for the first furlong to get up into mid-division as Super Frolic and Magna Graduate set the early pace.

The jockey was pumping again at halfway but the five-year-old picked up on the turn after switching to the outside.

It looked as though Brass Hat and Wilko would battle it out at the two-furlong point but Electrocutionist was hitting top gear and began to power down the middle of the track.

He swept through in the final 100 yards to win by an ever-widening margin from the brave Brass Hat. Dettori was full of praise for his mount, saying: "I wanted to be in the boxes at but I wasn't travelling as well as the others.

"Yutaka Take was going well in front of me, while we weren't really going at all, but at about the five-eighths pole I saw a little gap on the outside and switched him and that's what probably won him the race.

"Once he saw the daylight he quickened right away. It was a hell of a performance. He is really a grass horse and didn't change his legs properly until about 50 yards from the line. I knew his stamina would kick in.

"I couldn't seem to shake Brass Hat off but finally in the last 20 yards I realised we were going to get there. I still can't believe it."


Quite Frankly: Dettori looks fairly happy with his Dubai World Cup victory
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Mar 26, 2006
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