Enable made favourite in September Stakes as John Godsen confirms Logician will miss Kempton clash


Enable made favourite in September Stakes as John Godsen confirms Logician will miss Kempton clash

  • Enable has emerged as heavy favourite ahead of Saturday’s meeting at Kempton
  • Trainer John Godsen has revealed stablemate Logician will not enter the race
  • Enable set for last British race before seeking third Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe win

Enable is the 1-5 favourite with Ladbrokes for Saturday’s September Stakes at Kempton after confirmation John Gosden-trained stablemate Logician will not take her on even though the 2019 St Leger winner features among the nine entries.

Enable will be having what is expected to be her last race in Britain before trying to win an historic third Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe on October 4 while Logician would be making his delayed seasonal debut after illness.

But Lord Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Khaled Abdullah, said: ‘They won’t run against each other. Enable is very much an intended runner at this stage. 

Enable is the 1-5 favourite with Ladbrokes for Saturday’s September Stakes at Kempton

‘We entered Logician just in case, as he is nearing a return and we’re considering a couple of different options.’

Highest rated of Enable’s potential opponents is Charlie Fellowes-trained Prince of Arran, who has twice been placed in the Melbourne Cup.

Meanwhile Roger Teal-trained July Cup winner Oxted is 7-2 favourite for Saturday’s Group One Haydock Sprint Cup.



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Charlie Appleby-trained Ghaiyyath made favourite for Juddmonte International Stakes


Charlie Appleby-trained Ghaiyyath made favourite for Juddmonte International Stakes at York

  • Ghaiyyath has been named favourite for Juddmonte International Stakes at York
  • William Buick’s mount already has wins in Coronation Cup and Eclipse Stakes
  • Ghaiyyath’s rivals include Aidan O’Brien’s six-time group one winner Magical

Charlie Appleby-trained Ghaiyyath is the 11-8 favourite with Coral for the Group One Juddmonte International Stakes at York on Wednesday.

William Buick’s mount will bid to add the most prestigious prize at the four-day Ebor meeting to group one wins already this season in the Coronation Cup and Eclipse Stakes.

Ghaiyyath’s five rivals include Aidan O’Brien’s six-time group one winning mare Magical (4-1), Andrew Balding-trained 2,000 Guineas winner Kameko (7-2), who was an unlucky fourth in the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on his last run, and John Gosden-trained Lord North (4-1), who won the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Ghaiyyath is favourite for the Group One Juddmonte International Stakes at York

Roger Charlton’s Aspetar (14-1), winner of the Group Two York Stakes last month, and Mark Johnston’s Musidora Stakes winner Rose of Kildare (100-1), complete the line-up.

Mogul, Highland Chief and Subjectivist – the 1-2-3 in the Gordon Stakes at Glorious Goodwood – face a re-match the Sky Bet Great Voltigeur Stakes.

Added spice in a contest which can act as a stepping stone to next month’s St Leger is provided by Gosden’s unbeaten Darain, brother to Too Darn Hot who cost £3,675,000. He has won his only two races but takes a big step up in class.

Meanwhile, the task facing Battaash as he tries to win Friday’s Group One Nunthorpe Stakes for a second time has been eased with Wesley Ward-trained two-year-old Golden Pal, runner-up at Royal Ascot, not now making the trip from the US.



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Telecaster 10-3 favourite for Saturday’s Sky Bet York Stakes


Telecaster 10-3 favourite for Saturday’s Sky Bet York Stakes

  • Telecaster has been installed as the 10-3 favourite for the Sky Bet York Stakes 
  • His main rival is Elarquam, who is aiming to become the race’s first dual winner 
  • Roger Charlton has confirmed that Aspetar is on target for Saturday’s race 

Telecaster is 10-3 favourite with the sponsors for Saturday’s Sky Bet York Stakes after nine entries were made for the Group Two prize.

Hughie Morrison’s colt got back to winning ways in the Group Three La Coupe at Longchamp last time and is set to return to the scene of his greatest triumph, a length defeat of Too Darn Hot in the 2019 Dante Stakes.

His main market rival at this stage is Mark Johnston-trained Elarqam, who is bidding to become the first dual winner of the York race following his three-and-a-quarter length victory over Addeybb last year.

Telecaster is the 10-3 favourite with the sponsors for Saturday’s Sky Bet York Stakes

Roger Charlton has confirmed Aspetar to be on target for the race. He landed a Group One in Cologne last season and chased home Magny-Cours in the Gala Stakes at Sandown on his reappearance.

David O’Meara intends to run last year’s Queen Anne Stakes winner Lord Glitters, who finished fourth behind Mohaather in the Summer Mile on his return to action at Ascot earlier this month.

Telecaster's main rival is Elarqam, who is aiming to become the York race's first dual winner

Telecaster’s main rival is Elarqam, who is aiming to become the York race’s first dual winner

His assistant Jason Kelly said: “The run at Ascot blew the cobwebs away and he’s come out of the race well. We’re stepping up to ten furlongs but he runs well at York and it will be interesting to see how he goes.”

Sky Bet Head of Sports PR Michael Shinners said: “It’s a very strong six-day entry and I’m really looking forward to the race. It’s great to see Elarqam back in there but there are a host of big threats to him and it looks very open at this stage.”

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Frankie Dettori called up to ride ante-post derby favourite English King at Epsom


Frankie Dettori called up to ride ante-post derby favourite English King at Epsom as strong partnership with owner Bjorn Nielsen sees him replace Tom Marquand 

  • Frankie Dettori will ride the ante-post derby favourite English King at Epsom
  • He will takeover from Tom Marquand who had won the Lingfield Derby Trial 
  • Dettori has forged a strong partnership with the horse’s owner Bjorn Nielsen 

The lure of utilising the services of Frankie Dettori proved irresistible for connections of ante-post Derby favourite English King who have snapped up the Italian to ride the market leader at Epsom in 12 days time.

The dual Derby winning-rider will take over from Tom Marquand aboard the impressive Lingfield Derby Trial winner, a decision trainer Ed Walker revealed was taken with a heavy heart following consultation with the colt’s owner Bjorn Nielsen.

Nielsen and Dettori have forged a strong partnership in recent seasons courtesy of  champion stayer Stradivarius who landed a third Gold Cup in the former’s colours last week at Ascot.

Frankie Dettori will ride ante-post Derby favourite English King at Epsom in 12 days time

Detorri (right) has formed a strong partnership with the owner Bjorn Nielsen in recent years

Detorri (right) has formed a strong partnership with the owner Bjorn Nielsen in recent years

Walker said: ‘Frankie is going to ride English King in the Derby. I feel desperately sorry for Tom, and it is absolutely no reflection of our faith and trust in his ability.

‘Bjorn and I mulled it over and watched all the trials, and it became increasingly clear John (Gosden) wasn’t going to have a Derby runner.

‘After Tom won on the horse at Lingfield he asked if he’d keep the ride in the Derby, and I said to him ‘your only danger is Frankie’.

‘Frankie obviously has a wealth of big-race experience and raises his game to stratospheric heights for the big races. We feel very privileged to have him onboard.

He will takeover from Tom Marquand who rode the horse to victory in the Lingfield Derby Trial

He will takeover from Tom Marquand who rode the horse to victory in the Lingfield Derby Trial

‘The Derby is the Derby, and Frankie is Frankie. It’s very tough on Tom – but he has never ridden in a Classic around Epsom before, and I hope he’ll have other big days with us in the future, very possibly on this horse.

‘It will be my first runner in the Derby – fingers crossed we get there – and having Frankie Dettori on board will just give me a bit of confidence as well, and obviously Frankie and Bjorn have the connection through Stradivarius.

‘It wasn’t an easy decision. I’m sure it won’t be too long before Tom is jocking people off left, right and centre.’



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Love wins 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket and secures status as favourite for Epsom Oaks


Love conquers all in the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket with dominant performance and becomes 7-4 favourite for next month’s Epsom Oaks

  • Love was the winner in the Qipco 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket on Sunday
  • Ridden by Ryan Moore, Love finished first by four and a quarter lengths 
  • Love, who beat Cloak of Spirits, is now the favourite for the Investec Oaks 

Love conquered the Qipco 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket and is now 7-4 favourite for the Investec Oaks after pulling a whopping four and a quarter lengths clear of runner-up Cloak of Spirits.

Back in third, unable to live with 4-1 shot Love in the final furlong and beaten an additional head was 11-4 favourite Quadrilateral.

The bad news for those thinking of lining up against the daughter of Galileo at Epsom is that trainer Aidan O’Brien thinks Love will take the step up to a mile and a half in her smooth stride.

Love ridden by Ryan Moore won the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket by four and a quarter lengths

With travel quarantine restrictions in place for people who enter Ireland from Britain, O’Brien has sent a team of grooms to Britain to look after his horses which ran at the Qipco Guineas Festival and then stay here to perform the same task for his Royal Ascot squad.

O’Brien was watching on television from his Ballydoyle base in County Tipperary and it must have made for pleasant Sunday afternoon viewing as jockey Ryan Moore delivered the trainer a fourth 1,000 Guineas win in the last five years and sixth in all.

O’Brien is often mob-handed in Classics but significantly he relied on only Love, winner of the Group One Moyglare Stud Stakes last year, who was having the eighth race of her life.

Love is favourite for the Investec Oaks and trainer Aidan O'Brien is optimistic about success

Love is favourite for the Investec Oaks and trainer Aidan O’Brien is optimistic about success

O’Brien, who is looking to run his 2,000 Guineas runner-up Wichita in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, said: ‘We always thought Love would get much further than a mile and that we would start into the 1,000 Guineas and go on to the Oaks.

‘Ryan gave her a lovely ride and got her in a lovely rhythm. She is very genuine and really ran to the line. It’s been a little bit tricky (in the build-up) but everyone has been very focussed.’

Love had finished third to Quadrilateral in last season’s Group One Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket but Moore, who was riding his fourth 1,000 Guineas winner, believed he could turn around the form.

He said: ‘I thought she would win the Fillies’ Mile but I think the ground was too slow and blunted her.’

O'Brien is confident that Love will take the step up to a mile and a half in her smooth stride

O’Brien is confident that Love will take the step up to a mile and a half in her smooth stride

It was a big run from Richard Hannon-trained 12-1 runner-up Cloak of Spirits, who tried to make all from her rail-side draw until headed a furlong out. She could head to Royal Ascot’s Coronation Stakes.

Roger Charlton-trained Quadrilateral over-raced early on just off the pace but stayed on resolutely under Jason Watson to reinforce the pre-race suspicion that the daughter of Frankel will be better at longer distances.

Mark Johnston-trained Raffle Prize fluffed the start but was still a disappointment being beaten over 32 lengths.

While Millisle never looked like she would give champion jockey Oisin Murphy a second Classic win of the weekend after his 2,000 Guineas success on Kameko, with a never-dangerous seventh.

But Murphy was still among the Newmarket winners with a treble courtesy of Bell Rock, Dashing Willoughby and Run Wild. The latter won the Pretty Polly Stakes but will not be heading to the Oaks according to trainer John Gosden.



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Kameko set to run in Epsom Derby as favourite after race record time in 2,000 Guineas victory


Kameko set to run in Epsom Derby next month as favourite after recording race record time in 2,000 Guineas victory on Saturday

  • Kameko stormed to victory in Saturday’s Qipco 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket
  • The horse, ridden by Oisin Murphy, is now 4-1 favourite for the Derby on July 4
  • Pinatubo will run in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 20
  • Kameko’s win was watched by a bumper audience on ITV, with a peak of 1.4m

Reservations about whether Kameko has the necessary stamina for next month’s Investec Derby will not stop Saturday’s Qipco 2,000 Guineas winner lining up at Epsom on July 4.

Kameko is 4-1 favourite for the most significant race of the British Flat season after recording a race record time in the 2,000 Guineas as he helped champion jockey Oisin Murphy record his first Classic win and trainer Andrew Balding his second.

There was added poignancy for owner Sheik Fahad Al Thani with Kameko being sired by US stallion Kitten’s Joy.

Kameko recorded a race record time in the Qipco 2,000 Guineas on Saturday at Newmarket

He was the sire of Sheik Fahad-owned Roaring Lion, who landed the 2018 Coral-Eclipse Stakes, Juddmonte International Stakes, Qipco Irish Champion Stakes and Queen Elizabeth Stakes before losing his life last year to an attack of colic in his first season as a stallion.

Roaring Lion finished third to Masar in the 2018 Derby as his stamina ran on but David Redvers, racing manager to Sheik Fahad’s Qatar Racing operation, said that would not put the team off testing Kameko at Epsom.

Redvers, who bought Kameko for what now looks like a bargain £71,000 ($90,000) at Keeneland sales in September 2018, said: ‘If Kameko had not won the 2,000 Guineas I would have been loathed to run him in the Derby.

‘But having won the 2,000 Guineas, he is now a Classic winning three-year-old on top of being a group-one winning two-year-old. There is nothing to lose except the worry he doesn’t stay and the race leaves its mark on him.

Kameko (L), ridden by Oisin Murphy, approaches the finish line at Newmarket yesterday

Kameko (L), ridden by Oisin Murphy, approaches the finish line at Newmarket yesterday

‘There is only one Derby. Andrew Balding has spent his entire life in the shadow of his father Ian’s 1971 Derby winner Mill Reef and Sheik Fahad has said the race he would most like to win in the entire world is the Epsom Derby and the horse is favourite.

‘It would be foolish to say the horse will not run in the race but you would imagine the opposition would make it the truest test of stamina that they possibly can.’

With the Eclipse Stakes closed to three-year-olds this year, midsummer 10 furlong options for Roaring Lion are limited.

Redvers added: ‘If he had not won the Guineas the obvious 10 furlong race for him would have been the French Derby. 

Action at Newmarket Racecourse on Saturday took place in front of empty grandstands

Action at Newmarket Racecourse on Saturday took place in front of empty grandstands

‘Later on I think the Juddmonte International (at York in August) will be the perfect race for him, as it was for Roaring Lion, and they we will hope we don’t get bottomless ground for the Qipco Champion Stakes (at Ascot in October).

Meanwhile, trainer Charlie Appleby is planning to run Pinatubo, who lost his unbeaten record when third in the 2,000 Guineas, in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 20.

Appleby said: ‘It is obviously disappointing when you taste your first defeat with a horse like Pinatubo but, taking the positives out of the race, I think that he has shown that he has trained on. He was beaten by two good horses in a very quick time.

‘I think that we will see an improvement with Pinatubo mentally going forward, because he is a very relaxed horse at home. He improved with racing throughout his two-year-old season and it could be a similar situation this year.

Pinatubo, who lost his unbeaten record when third in the 2,000 Guineas, will run at Ascot

Pinatubo, who lost his unbeaten record when third in the 2,000 Guineas, will run at Ascot

‘Hopefully, we can regroup and get him back on track for the G1 St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot in a couple of weeks’ time.’

Kameko’s win was watched by a bumper audience on ITV. The Saturday programme peak of 1.453 million and average of 975,000 were both almost double the respective 2019 figures of 749,000 and 504,000. 

The figures demonstrated the pent-up demand of sports-starved television viewers and bode well for the upcoming ITV coverage of Royal Ascot.



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Outsider Kameko claims shock victory over market favourite Pinatubo at Newmarket


Outsider Kameko claims shock victory over market favourite Pinatubo at Newmarket with fastest run ever recorded in Qipco 2000 Guineas

  • Kameko powered to victory in the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket Saturday
  • Red-hot favourite for the race, Pinatubo, only finished third in the 8 furlong race
  • Charlie Appleby’s Pinatubo was 5-6 market leader after unbeaten season 

There was no owners, no crowd, no atmosphere but while the odds-on favourite isn’t the wonder horse many had hoped he might be, racing’s socially distanced fans still witnessed something special on Newmarket’s deserted and rain-lashed Rowley Mile on Saturday as 10-1 shot Kameko landed the 2,000 Guineas in a race record time.

The build-up to the delayed first Classic of the season – which should have been run on May 2 – had revolved around unbeaten odds-on favourite Pinatubo but he could only finish third, beaten just over a length.

Pinatubo didn’t even confirm the form with runner-up Frankie Dettori-ridden Wichita, who had been over four lengths behind him when the Charlie Appleby-trained colt made it six wins from six runs in Newmarket’s Dewhurst Stakes in October.

Kameko powered to a shock victory in the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket

Instead, there was a silent coronation of Kameko, who gave champion jockey Oisin Murphy a first British Classic win, trainer Andrew Balding his first 2,000 Guineas success while also ensuring owner Sheik Fahad Al Thani kept his own prizemoney with his Qipco company sponsors of the 2,000 Guineas.

Balding, Murphy and Sheik Fahad can now dream of a likely tilt at the Investec Derby with Kameko, now the 4-1 favourite for the biggest race of the Flat season at Epsom on July 4.

Balding, whose one previous Classic win came with Casual Look in the 2003 Oaks only a few months after taking over the from his father Ian as trainer at the spectacular Kingsclere stable in Hampshire, said: ‘It’s quite bizarre but I promise you I did not feel any less elation than if there had been 500,000 people here.

Jockey Oisin Murphy celebrates with stable staff after victory on Saturday afternoon

Jockey Oisin Murphy celebrates with stable staff after victory on Saturday afternoon

‘We had been looking forward to the race for a long time. It’s fantastic they could get it on. The Guineas is the Guineas whenever it is run.’

Murphy, 24, who has been part of the Balding team since arriving from Ireland as an apprentice protégé, added: ‘There isn’t the same atmosphere after the race. In fact, there is no atmosphere but it means just at much to me.

‘The only people shouting were Frankie and me. He was shouting at me and I don’t know what I was doing. When I look back in a few years I will not remember there was no crowd just that Kameko gave me my first 2,000 Guineas winner.

‘I wanted to carry Andrew on my shoulders and swing him round to make him dizzy but I am not strong enough to do that.

‘I was afraid to dream too big in case the race did not work out, but this horse had trained well without us doing anything silly on him at home. I think he is a really good horse.’

There was no owners, no crowd and no atmosphere due to coronavirus safety measures

There was no owners, no crowd and no atmosphere due to coronavirus safety measures

Pinatubo ridden by William Buick had been odds-on favourite before the day of racing

Pinatubo ridden by William Buick had been odds-on favourite before the day of racing

Kameko had put in a spectacular performance when winning the Group One Vertem Futurity Trophy run on Newcastle’s all-weather track in November.

But going into the race 14 of the 15 runners had their form judged in context of Pinatubo being rated the best two-year-old in 25 years.

Kenzai Warrior lost all chance stumbling exiting the starting stalls while Arizona, on paper Aidan O’Brien’s No 1 hope, was a tame 11th.

Pinatubo’s jockey William Buick looked uneasy three furlongs out before temporarily coming back on the bridle. But he could not respond when Murphy made a safety first switch off the stand’s rail, squeezing past fourth-place Miliary March to end up claiming victory in the middle of the track.

Murphy said: ‘I did waste ground by coming out but I was playing it safe rather than taking the more direct route. I was asked before was I worried about Pinatubo but he was drawn too far away from me and was always going to be ridden in a different way so I just focussed on getting a clear run.’

Balding’s father Ian missed out on the 1971 2,000 Guineas when the great Mill Reef was beaten by the equally brilliant Brigadier Gerard before going on to win the Derby.

The trainer said: ‘One of the big regrets of my father’s training career was not winning a Guineas so he’ll be absolutely over the moon.

‘There is only one Derby and I would be very keen to go that way now with Kameko. There would be a stamina doubt but there is only one way to find out..’

Pinatubo looks likely to head to the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 20.

Appleby said: ‘Obviously I’m disappointed as it’s the first time the horse has been beaten but at least he hasn’t fallen out of the back of the telly.’



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Trainer Andrew Balding backs Kameko to take on unbeaten favourite Pinatubo in 2,000 Guineas


‘Kameko is the best we’ve had here for a long while’: Trainer Andrew Balding backs colt to take on unbeaten favourite Pinatubo in 2,000 Guineas

  • Kameko finished his two-year-old season with an impressive win at Newcastle 
  • Balding won the same race in 2014 with Elm Park, also owned by Sheik Fahad
  • The colt is prepared to face Pinatubo in 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket on June 6

Trainer Andrew Balding has described Kameko as ‘the best we’ve had for a long while’ in his Kingsclere stable as the colt is prepared to face unbeaten favourite Pinatubo in the Qipco 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket on June 6.

Kameko finished his two-year-old season with an impressive three-and-a-quarter-length win in the Group One Vertem Futurity Trophy Stakes at Newcastle in November.

Balding won the same race in 2014 with Elm Park, like Kameko owned by Sheik Fahad Al Thani’s Qatar Racing.

 Kameko (left) finished his two-year-old season with an impressive win at Newcastle

Elm Park was a little disappointing as a three-year-old, finishing 11th of 12 to Golden Horn in the 2015 Derby but the trainer believes he has grounds for higher hopes with Kameko.

But Balding said: ‘Elm Park and Kameko are very different horses. Elm Park was a tall gangly horse. He had a big engine but used to lose his co-ordination.

‘Kameko is a much stronger individual, much more the textbook physique you would like from a three-year-old. Both were talented but I hope and think Kameko is the best we’ve had here for a long while.’

Kameko is 14-1 joint third favourite for the delayed first Classic of the season after wrapping up his two-year-old season in style.

His one run on the Rowley Mile under jockey Oisin Murphy saw him headed in the final strides when beaten a neck by Aidan O’Brien’s Royal Dornoch in the Royal Lodge Stakes after looking the likely winner.

Balding believes the defeat was not down to an aversion to the track but a set of circumstances.

After that race, Balding switched the equipment on Kameko’s bridle, something he thinks made a difference in the colt’s smooth Newcastle victory.

Balding said: ‘When Kameko got beaten in the Royal Lodge Stakes, I blamed the jockey but he was blaming me because he thought the horse was too fresh and free. We put the cross noseband on him and that helped him switch off a little bit.

‘If we had our time again I would have been a little bit tougher on him leading into that race and Oisin would have sat on him a little bit longer.

‘It was a combination of circumstances which didn’t suit the horse. Personally I do not think it was the track and it does not worry me.’

With four races under his belt Kameko goes into the 2,000 Guineas with experience and tuned up with a racecourse gallop at Kempton last week.

Balding added: ‘If you were the only one who couldn’t race (before the Guineas), you would have been at a disadvantage but everybody is in the same boat.

‘In the circumstances, the fact we are going there first time up is to our advantage. He is a horse who will continue to improve as he gets more racing but the racecourse gallop has helped and he has done three or four pieces of work.

‘He had a quiet meeting during the Winter months and we had just got him back in to faster work around Cheltenham time when lockdown happened.

‘At the time we were still hoping that lockdown may be on the original date at the beginning of May so we had a period where we cranked up the intensity of the work and them when we realised that wasn’t going to be the case we let him down a little bit and I couldn’t be happier with him.

‘He is not flashy in his routine exercise but he has always been the type that every time you ask him little bit more he has given and improved for it.

‘We weigh the horses regularly and have aids like heart monitors that we didn’t have 10 years ago to help us gauge fitness.

‘With all that equipment, I think he is as ready as we could have him for a first run of the year but only time will tell. When the adrenalin is pumping on race day, horses behave differently.

‘Pinatubo is obviously an outstanding horse and I have huge respect for him.. He will be tough to beat but we will give it our best shot.’

Kameko is also entered in the Derby but Balding wait for Newmarket until making a call.

The trainer added: ‘Newmarket will tell us plenty. I have no doubt will stay a mile and a quarter. Whether he stays further than that we will probably only learn through the evidence of a run at Newmarket. His targets will be debated after the Guineas.



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