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Frankel's Bro In Control At Chester
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2nd at CHEG3 Betfair Price Rush Huxley S.  [10f 75y (T)]Winner: Noble Mission (GB), h, 5 by Galileo (Ire)
 
Thursday, Chester, Britain
BETFAIR PRICE RUSH HUXLEY S.-G3, £60,000, CHS, 5-8, 4yo/up, 10f 75yT, 2:13.11, sf.
1--NOBLE MISSION (GB), 129, h, 5, by Galileo (Ire)
     1st Dam: Kind (Ire) (MSW-Eng & GSP-Ire, $132,389), by Danehill
     2nd Dam: Rainbow Lake (GB), by Rainbow Quest
     3rd Dam: Rockfest, by Stage Door Johnny
O-Khalid Abdullah. B-Juddmonte Farms (GB). T-Lady Cecil. J-James Doyle. £34,026. Lifetime Record: 17-6-5-2, £269,544. Werk Nick Rating: A+++ *Triple Plus*. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree. *Full to Frankel (GB), Co-Champion 2yo Colt in Europe, Co-Hwt. 2yo Colt-Eng, Champion 3yo Colt in Europe, Hwt. 3yo Colt at 7-9.5f-Eng, Horse of the Year in Europe, Hwt. Older Horse at 7-9.5f-Eng, Hwt. Older Horse at 9.5-11f-Eng, Hwt. Older Horse in Europe, MG1SW-Eng, $4,788,744; 3/4 to Bullet Train (GB) (Sadler’s Wells), GSW-Eng, $177,615; 1/2 to Joyeuse (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}), SW & MGSP-Eng.
2--Telescope (Ire), 126, c, 4, Galileo (Ire)--Velouette (GB), by Darshaan (GB). O-Highclere Thoroughbred Racing (Wavertree). B-Barronstown Stud (IRE). T-Sir Michael Stoute. £12,900.
3--Danadana (Ire), 131, h, 6, Dubawi (Ire)--Zeeba (Ire), by Barathea (Ire). O-Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum. B-Darley (IRE). T-Luca Cumani. £6,456.
Margins: 2 1/4, 8, 9. Odds: 2.25, 2.50, 12.00.
Also Ran: Gabrial’s Kaka (Ire), Ektihaam (Ire), Edu Querido (Brz). Scratched: Highland Knight (Ire), Afonso de Sousa. Click for the Racing Post result or the brisnet.com PPs. VIDEO, courtesy Racing UK.
Allowed to bowl along on rain-softened ground when impressive in the G3 Gordon Richards S. at Sandown last time Apr. 25, Noble Mission backed up that pivotal career performance under similar conditions on the Roodeye to defy a penalty and his persistent foe Telescope. Slower to reach his potential than his imperious brother Frankel (GB), the bay had nevertheless shown smart form when beating the subsequent G1 St Leger hero Encke (Kingmambo) in Goodwood’s G3 Gordon S. over 12 furlongs in July 2012 prior to a string of placed efforts in Pattern company. They may largely have been down to a sluggishness at the start of his races and lack of a potent finishing kick, so after another near-miss in Newbury’s G3 John Porter S. over a mile and a half Apr. 12, the decision was made to wake him up from the outset and use his pace earlier. That resulted in a devastating display at Sandown and with the now race-fit Telescope better off at the weights the feeling was that he could be hard-pressed to confirm his superiority over that rival. Sent to contest the lead from his wide draw by James Doyle, the hooded homebred had to wrestle the free TDN Rising Star Ektihaam (Ire) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}) for that position and was carried wide on the turns as a result but finally gained the advantage passing halfway. Shadowed by Telescope from there, he had shaken off that rival by the time he reached the home straight and stayed on to hold his margin as the runner-up kept on to pull clear of the out-classed remainder. “He didn’t have it as easy as he had at Sandown, but the great thing is he was happy and settled in his stride and got into a nice rhythm,” Racing Manager Teddy Grimthorpe said. “He toughed it out and is a much more mature horse, both mentally and physically, so it’s all there. He’s never been out of the frame and has been honest and genuine, but he’s come to himself now and is in great form. All options are open and we can go up a stage to something like the G2 Hardwicke S. [at Royal Ascot June 21].” Highclere’s Racing Manager Harry Herbert was offering no excuses for the second consecutive eclipse of TDN Rising Star Telescope and suggested that he could renew rivalry with the winner at the Royal meeting. “He has run well and, to be honest, he has been beaten by a better horse on the day,” he told PA Sport. “I’ll talk to Sir Michael [Stoute], but we will probably step up to a mile and a half on a more galloping track and I think the Hardwicke will be a likely option. He’s got a long season ahead and I’d say he’s coming, but today he’s been beaten fair and square.”

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