Spencer strikes in Qatar with Brian Meehan-trained Perkunas

Trainer Brian Meehan during the Investec Spring Meeting at Epsom Downs Racecourse, Surrey. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 23, 2014.
Image: Brian Meehan: Trainer of Perkunas.

Brian Meehan broke new ground on Tuesday when Perkunas became the first European-trained winner in Qatar.

The Meehan-trained colt landed the feature race on the opening day of the International Derby festival, the US$100,000 Al Rayyan Stakes under a well-judged ride from Jamie Spencer.

The other European runner, the Tom Dascombe-trained Above N Beyond, ran on under Martin Harley to finish in third place.

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Meehan commented: "I am obviously delighted to have our first-ever runner and winner in Qatar. I thought it was a very good ride from Jamie Spencer and am delighted for the owner, Bernard Gover."

Wednesday's big race is the US$500,000 Qatar Derby for three year old colts, geldings and fillies, run over a mile and a quarter.

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