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27 Sep 2018
Issue Number: Issue 648
Seemar can only hope for another upward performance from North America
Dubai playing a key role in British racing, says Jockey Club boss
Busybody Tadhg looks to scale mountains after climbing Hills
Nass’ trial and error style seems to be working wonders for him
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Navy sails home as Merchant retains winning business


In a dramatic Diamond Jubilee Stakes, in which Godolphin’s favourite Harry Angel became upset in the stalls and was very slowly away, Merchant Navy prevailed for the Ballydoyle team. Harry Angel was never able to land a blow so it was left to American raider Bound For Nowhere to blaze a trail down the long Ascot straight. He was still in front a furlong out but began to hang to his left towards the eventual winner who was beginning his charge. However no sooner had Ryan Moore mastered that rival aboard Merchant Navy than he was immediately pressed by City Light and at the line only had a short head to spare. Bound For Nowhere was third. Of the ‘Australian import’ Moore said: “I can’t repeat what I was thinking when we hit the line. He’s a remarkable horse. He hasn’t been up here long, he’s won both his starts here and he’s beat a high class field today. “I thought he would win easier, but the American horse leaned into me, we were very tight and he just lost his rhythm for a second. If he’d have been beaten I’d have felt he would have been unlucky. I’m delighted with him and it’s a pleasure to ride these sort of horses.” Clive Cox said of the vanquished Harry Angel: “His leg was still in the stall when it opened. He’s not straightforward in the stalls, as you can see. It’s a shame it’s happened and it obviously affected the whole day. “He has a nasty puncture wound, which we’re concerned enough about. He wasn’t sound behind when he came in. Not dreadful, but he wasn’t sound. I’m just sorry for everyone and it’s a shame, but I hope he’ll be fine.”

Bacchus denies Godolphin’s Dreamfield

Outsider Bacchus reeled in favourite Dreamfield, under James Doyle in the Godolphin blue, to win the Wokingham Handicap, over the same 6f course and distance as the Diamond Jubilee. The runner-up led the field a merry dance down the far side of the track. He was still in front a furlong out but began to hang to his left as the eventual winner threw down a determined challenge which took him to the front close home for a neck success. Winning trainer Brian Meehan said: “I’m delighted. He’s a stunning horse and a real yard favourite. He’s not that young, but he has a huge future ahead of him. It was a terrible spring and we had a rough time with our horses. He took a long time to come to hand and he needed that extra time like a lot of them. It’s been tough. “I said to the owners the spring didn’t go well, I won’t run him, I’ll go straight to the Wokingham with him. We’ve been talking about the Ayr Gold Cup and races like that as well. He’s tailor made for the job.”

Stoute claims another Hardwicke

Crystal Ocean provided Sir Michael Stoute with a remarkable 11th win in the Hardwicke Stakes with an impressive display under Ryan Moore. The hot favourite tracked market rival Idaho through the early stages of the contest and went to the front 2f out. As the pacesetter began to backtrack, outsider Red Verdon emerged as the main threat but he could never land a telling blow and the winner surged to the line, scoring by two and a half lengths. Stoute, who on the Wednesday set a new best for career winners at the showpiece fixture, said: “He’s really continued to progress with his racing. He has a lovely temperament and he’s a joy to train. “It was straightforward. He is so uncomplicated you can do what you like with him. He is a relaxed horse. It is so far, so good. “We will take him home and look at him for a little while, but I expect that the King George is likely. We will take it step by step. I think we will get brave now. The King George is likely, but we will get home and think about it.”

Soldier’s Call conquers Windsor Castle

Soldier’s Call was a cosy winner of the Windsor Castle Stakes for Archie Watson and Danny Tudhope, sporting the grey silks of Clipper Logistics. The winner was in front 2f out and fended off the late thrust of Richard Fahey’s Sabre to score by a length as runners in the standside group dominated the finish. Dom Carlos was another to finish with a flourish but was almost two lengths adrift in third. It was a first Royal Ascot success for Watson who said: “This is only our second year training and our second year with runners here. “This horse means a lot to us. The owners have all put a lot of faith in me as a second season trainer and sent me a lot of kit. I’m just delighted that I can repay their faith. Danny is a world class jockey and I’m very lucky to have him ride my horses. It means a lot to the whole team.”

Arthur has winning Kitt

Arthur Kitt claimed a fairytale success in the Chesham Stakes; Tom Dascombe’s charge is a son of the yard’s 2012 Queen Mary Stakes heroine Ceiling Kitty, who died after giving birth to this Camelot colt. It did not look great for his supporters for much of the 7f journey, with the 2yo having to be niggled along by Richard Kingscote from the halfway stage. However, to his credit, Arthur Kitt responded to his rider’s urgings and as the early leaders fell away, the youngster battled his way to the lead and held off Nate The Great by a neck. Andrew Black, of winning owners Chasemore Farm, said: “This is so special. I’ve been more emotionally attached to this horse than any horse I’ve ever had. “The night he was born was such an incredibly difficult, painful night. We put the mare down within literally seconds of having the problem and then we had problems getting the foal out. He had a twisted leg at that point and it took a long time for that to heal. “We had to go and find a foster mare for him straight away; we put the call out and managed to get one and we still have her today. When they’re brought up by a foster mare they’re kind of different and have different personalities. He was much more friendly than your average horse. “I always hoped he would be special and we always felt this was the race. I thought we would win the Chesham and that would make it right somehow. I’m massively emotional.”

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