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In It For The Long Haul

The longest day, and in more ways than one. On the two previous mornings, the only racegoers on the train had been murmuring to each other over the rustle of their newspapers, trying not to feel too conspicuous in their finery among the stolid and resentful commuters. Yesterday, the same service was crammed with the noisy, bibulous vanguard of Ladies' Day, launching a fusillade of corks in ominous syncopation with the safety-catch clicking of cans. Some, plainly, were setting impossible early fractions. By the time the shadows of the solstice...

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Where Did They Come From: G2 Albany S.

A large field for the G2 Albany S. has something for everyone: from a vendor buyback at €1,000 to a representative of one of the most illustrious families in the modern-day studbook ANGEL'S HIDEAWAY (IRE) (Dark Angel {Ire}) An impressive winner at Haydock on her second starts, she was bred by the O'Callaghan family at Yeomanstown Stud and sold to Cheveley Park Stud at the Goffs Orby Sale for €390,000. Her dam The Hermitage (Ire) (Kheleyf) was bought form the Darley draft at Tattersalls in 2010 for 29,000gns. B-Yeomanstown Stud...

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Sea the Stars’ Stradivarius Has the Answers In the Gold Cup

Thursday's G1 Ascot Gold Cup was mostly talked of as a match between Order of St George (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and Stradivarius (Ire) (Sea the Stars {Ire}), but the 2016 winner and 2017 runner-up could manage only fourth this time while Bjorn Nielsen's 4-year-old excelled in a fight with Vazirabad (Fr) (Manduro {Ger}). Successful in the G2 Queen's Vase at this meeting 12 months ago, the chestnut who was the 7-4 joint-favourite alongside the Ballydoyle stalwart was kept back in fourth off the moderate early pace by Frankie Dettori. Angled...

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Another For Ballydoyle as Galileo’s Magic Wand Takes the Ribblesdale

Having beaten Forever Together (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) with a degree of ease in the May 9 Listed Cheshire Oaks, Magic Wand (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) was the pick of Ryan Moore in the June 1 G1 Epsom Oaks before trailing that stablemate by 11 lengths in fourth. Back on Royal Ascot's summer surface, she was clear best in the G2 Ribblesdale S. to provide Ballydoyle and Ryan Moore with a third winner for the week. Always happy in second tracking Highgarden (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}), the 10-3 shot was sent past that...

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Camelot’s Hunting Horn Takes the Hampton Court

Performing with credit when sixth from a wide draw last time in the G1 Prix du Jockey Club, Hunting Horn (Ire) (Camelot {GB}) was on song on Wednesday in the Susan Magnier silks as he won the G3 Hampton Court S. with authority to provide Ryan Moore with a 50th Royal Ascot winner. Racing in sixth without cover early, the 5-1 second favourite was sent past Crossed Baton (GB) (Dansili {GB}) with 1 1/2 furlongs remaining and despite lugging down towards the rail stayed on strongly to score by 4...

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Shanghai Bobby’s Shang Shang Shang Holds On In the Norfolk

It was inconceivable that Wesley Ward would go home with a blank at Royal Ascot and Breeze Easy's Apr. 26 Keeneland maiden special weight winner Shang Shang Shang (Shanghai Bobby) duly stepped up to provide the customary victory in the G2 Norfolk S., a "Win And You're In" for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint. Quickest away under Joel Rosario in contrast to the barn's G2 Queen Mary S. favourite Chelsea Cloisters (First Samurai), the 5-1 shot kept finding as Pocket Dynamo (Dialed In) fought hard and at the line...

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Royal Ascot Friday: Star 3YOs and Rising Juveniles

Friday's Royal Ascot card is one of the strongest of the week, with real commercial concerns on the line in the G1 Coronation S. and G1 Commonwealth Cup and the supporting G2 King Edward VII S. and G3 Albany S., two of the more significant pattern races of the week. Ballydoyle have had a mixed bag of results so far and could possibly supply the favourite for the fillies' mile contest in Clemmie (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), who was effectively prepping for this prize when ninth in the G1 Irish 1000...

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Frankel Filly Gets Black-Type Win at La Teste de Buch

   Frankel Light bettered a May 8 debut runner-up finish tackling one mile at Saint-Cloud when graduating over the same trip at Fontainebleau last time May 30, and duly obliged in this black-type bow. Recovering from a sluggish exit to enjoy a soft lead until turning for home, she was shaken up when threatened approaching the quarter-mile marker and kept on resolutely under continued urging thereafter to register a career high in game fashion.    Frankel Light is one of four winners and the leading performer produced by MGSP dual...

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Cecil Legacy Still Shining At Ascot

When you race here, you run against both the quick and the dead. That's the real point of all this tradition, all this history: not the millinery and processions and car park picnics. Because the horses and people that contest a place in the vivid, teeming annals of Royal Ascot will also be measured against spectres that never fade. It still hurts to think that these should now also include the man who, until yesterday, shared the status as the most prolific trainer in the meeting's history. For while Sir...

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Acclamation’s Expert Eye Takes Apart the Jersey Field

So soon after Sir Michael Stoute made the Royal Ascot record his own, there was more glory in store for the Freemason Lodge handler as Khalid Abdullah's aptly-named Expert Eye (GB) (Acclamation {GB}) bounced back to his brilliant best in the G3 Jersey S. Only 10th in the G1 2000 Guineas at Newmarket May 5, last year's impressive G2 Vintage S. scorer needed a revival and that came in the able hands of James McDonald as he registered a first Royal winner with all the skill that had made him...

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