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Step down in class pays dividends for Beyond Reason


Beyond Reason capitalised on a drop in grade and distance as she stayed on gamely to score in a turf seven-furlong handicap on week six of the Dubai World Cup Carnival at Meydan, UAE, on Thursday, 6 February.

The four-year-old filly, a G2 winner for Charlie Appleby in France in 2018, was covered up in sixth of the 10 runners by William Buick.

She was taken wide in the straight and quickened to dispute the running with a furlong to race before asserting in the shadow of the post to beat Laieth by a neck.

William Buick said: “Beyond Reason ran very well to finish third in the G2 Cape Verdi last month but didn’t quite get home over a mile. Tonight, she travelled extremely well and I felt I had them all covered. It was a good performance and she was always in control.

“She turned in travelling better than anything and was very game at the finish. It is great to get her head back in front because she has gone a long time without winning. She deserved that.

“Beyond Reason is a filly with a lot of speed and I think you could drop back to six furlongs if you wanted to. She was an earlyish two-year-old and won a G2 over seven furlongs at Deauville, so she had the form in the book tonight.”