Hector Crouch

Zoustar's Starlust Prevails In Sirenia Thriller

Fitri Hay's dual nursery handicap second Starlust (GB) (Zoustar {Aus}--Beyond Desire {GB}, by Invincible Spirit {Ire}), notched a quickfire double at Chelmsford and Newbury earlier in the year and took a step up the ladder with a narrow verdict in Saturday's G3 Unibet Zero% Mission Sirenia S. at Kempton, his sixth straight start going six furlongs. With tasks made easier by the scratching of 'TDN Rising Star' Eben Shaddad (Calyx {GB}), Starlust went postward as the 2-1 second favourite and found a comfortable rhythm off the pace in sixth before...

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Dark Angel's Angel Bleu Pounces Late For Celebration Mile Triumph

Marc Chan's 2021 G1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere and G1 Criterium International hero Angel Bleu (Fr) (Dark Angel {Ire}--Cercle De La Vie {Ire}, by Galileo {Ire}) had been in and out of form in eight outings since registering those career highlights as a juvenile and backed up a fourth in last month's G2 Summer Mile with a last-gasp win in Saturday's G2 William Hill Celebration Mile at Goodwood. Fourth through halfway and scrubbed along approaching the quarter-mile marker, the 9-2 chance was afforded a dream seam underneath the stands' side rail...

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Bahrain-Based Horses Back on Top in Turf Series

A pair of Bahrain-based horses won the third and fourth Bahrain Turf Series races--the Al Riffa Cup and Al Dana Cup--in Riyadh on Friday. Dark Shadow (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}), in the hands of Hector Crouch, produced a sharp turn of foot over 1200 metres to fend off a challenger in the closing stages of the Al Riffa Cup and returned to the winner's enclosure in the familiar colours of Al Mohamediya Racing. "It all went pretty smoothly for me," said Crouch. "We were drawn high and he's a horse...

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