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Frenchman wins Super Jockey Series


French jockey Ioritz Mendizabal claimed the World Super Jockey series overall title on Sunday, despite failing to post a win in the four races.

 jockeys2 The Australians just missed the podium, Craig Williams fourth ahead of Melbourne Cup winner Blake Shinn 33.

Mendizabal, who finished second and third in Sunday’s two races, collected a total of 45 points in the competition.

Douglas Whyte of Hong Kong finished in second with 42 points, while Japan’s Futoshi Komaki was third with 38.

Japan’s Isao Sugawara rode second shot Spellbind to victory in the 2,000-metre Golden Boots Trophy in two minutes 02.7 seconds ahead of Lord Alphard by one and a quarter length.

Mendizabal, riding Aventino, came in third, a neck further back.

"I was stuck between horses right after the break, and couldn’t find space," said Mendizabal.

"I wasn’t able to steer my (horse) to the outside in the stretch, so our drive down the lane was a bit too late. It’s pretty frustrating since we had a good chance to win."

In the 1,600-metre Golden Whip Trophy, Whyte rode Crown Princess to victory in 1:34.6. Mendizabal, on Match Mate, placed second by a neck and Craig Williams’ mount Pisa No Alhambra was third.

"He (Match Mate) broke well from the gate and was able to relax during the race. He also gave a good kick at the straight but was caught in the end," Mendizabal said after the race.

Whyte said: "We had a comfortable trip and were able to keep a good position. We had a clear path in the straight and she responded well when I gave her the go."