I then raced in Philadelphia where I took third in an international mile
Kelly Holmes capped a demanding season by retaining her BUPA Great North Run International Mile
title in Newcastle on Saturday.
Earlier in the meet, Oregon Track Club Elite's Ben Blankenship won the men's International Mile
in a then world-leading 3:55.
The pair did the same in the Cathay Pacific International Mile
Trial back in November.
Then there will be a pair of men's mile races, with Andrew Wheating, Lopez Lomong, Mac Fleet, Will Leer and Ben Blankenship entered in the International Mile
The six-year-old completed back-to-back victories in the race, quickening up smartly and cruising home by a cosy two and a half lengths from 2007 Champions Mile winner Able One (118), with International Mile
Trial winner Egyptian Ra (116) three-quarters of a length away in third.
He was a four-time indoor/outdoor NCAA champion at Texas, and won last year's International Mile
The winner had shown some smart placed form against older horses in 2006, including a fine third behind subsequent Group 1 winners Armada and The Duke in the International Mile
Trial in November, but he seems to be improving, posting solid RPRs of 118 on his last two starts.
41, in International Mile
, reset by Ayanleh Souleiman, Djibouti, 3:47.
After landing the Group 2 International Mile
Trial from The Duke in November, he had looked unlucky when losing out to the same horse in the Hong Kong Mile a month later, but his form is on an upward curve and he won with something to spare on Sunday.
In those terms, DBS has increasingly strong credentials, boosted by last year's Group winners Kinnaird (Prix de l'Opera-Gr1), Dave's Best (Cathay Pacific International Mile
Trial-Gr2), Penkenna Princess (Dubai Duty Free Stakes-Gr3), Balthazaar's Gift (Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte-Gr2), and Speciosa (Rockfel Stakes-Gr2).
DAVE'S BEST may have earned himself an invitation to the Group 1 Hong Kong Mile on December 11 after his 78-1 shock victory over Bullish Luck in the Group 2 Cathay Pacific International Mile
Trial at Sha Tin yesterday, writes Bob Tran.
2 Ayanleh Souleiman, 21, of Djibouti, who won bronze in the 800 at the World Championships last summer, is also entered in the race, as is South African Johan Cronje, the bronze medalist in Moscow, and James Magut of Kenya, who won the last two Pre Classic International Mile
His next race will be the Cathay Pacific International Mile
Trial on November 20.
Brown was all set to run the International Mile
at the Prefontaine Classic, but he suffered a mild right quad strain during a speed workout earlier in the week, and opted to play it safe.