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Catholic Boy denies Mendelssohn in tactical Travers

Belmont Derby winner Catholic Boy denied the Aidan O’Brien-trained Mendelssohn a first top-level victory on dirt in a tactical renewal of the Runhappy Travers Stakes.

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Bonneval dual New Zealand Horse of the Year winner.

The Cambridge mare defended the title she won last year, as a three-year-old, when taking the premier prize at the New Zealand Thoroughbred Horse of the Year Awards, in Auckland on Sunday night.

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Jim Bannon's Journal for Woodbine - Sunday

Preview for Woodbine Entertainment Group's 11 race All Weather and Turf track programme featuring the $100,000 Soaring Free Stakes and $125,000 Seaway Stakes (Grade 3) at Woodbine on Sunday - selections by Jim Bannon - the 11 race programme commences at 1.00pm Canadian EDT, 3.00am AEST Monday - watch the live online meeting broadcast

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Exciting colt Brutal (NZ) remains unbeaten

Impressive debut winner Brutal (NZ) (O’Reilly) stepped up to stakes level on Saturday and kept his unbeaten record intact, heading a Karaka quinella in the A$120,000 Listed McMahon’s Dairy McKenzie Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley

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Mr Havercamp emerges with graded stakes win in Play the King at Woodbine

Mr Havercamp provided owner/breeder Sean Fitzhenry with a graded stakes victory for his birthday on Saturday as the four-year-old Court Vision gelding took the $175,000 Play the King Stakes (Grade 2) over seven furlongs on Woodbine’s E.P. Taylor Turf Course

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My Gal Betty wins inaugural Catch a Glimpse Stakes

Seeking redemption after a previous stakes disqualification, William Werner’s two-year-old filly My Gal Betty proved to be the best in the inaugural $100,000 Catch a Glimpse Stakes co-featured on Saturday afternoon’s program at Woodbine Racetrack

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Big Country chasing a Scandinavian win

Britain is represented on Norway's Derby day thanks to trainer Mick Appleby and the super shrewd Horse Watchers syndicate, which has sent its flagbearer Big Country to Ovrevoll in a bid to land the £72,000 first prize of the Group 3 Marit Sveaas Minnelop.

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O'Brien sticks to the plan as Mendelssohn faces Travers challenge

Aidan O'Brien, who has had just three winners from his last 49 runners in Ireland and Britain, puts his domestic travails behind him to focus on international priorities as he looks to secure a first victory for Mendelssohn on American dirt at Saratoga on Saturday.

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Raven's Lady bids to raise Heart of the South to new heights on Group 2 raid

Raven's Lady takes the next step up the ladder on Sunday when facing ten opponents in the feature race on day one of Baden-Baden's Grosse Woche, the Group 2 Goldene Peitsche.

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Baldrick plan pays off for money machine Gosden as Muntahaa romps to glory

Over the four days of Yorkshire's greatest race meeting there has been no man better at winning pounds than John Gosden, who sealed a wonderful week by supplying Muntahaa and Weekender to finish first and second in the most valuable Flat handicap ever staged in Britain.

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Derby favourite Anthony Van Dyck the big attraction in Futurity Stakes

O' Brien's main challenger for the Futurity this year, Anthony Van Dyck, successful in two of his three starts, will be bidding to join a long list of Ballydoyle winners of this race en route to bigger targets.

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Prendergast hoping Skitter Skatter can halt O'Brien's Debutante domination

Aidan O'Brien has been dominant in the last three renewals of the Debutante Stakes, but trainer Patrick Prendergast is hopeful his Skitter Scatter – the only Group-race winner in the ten-runner field – can put an end to the Ballydoyle man's run.

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Raid intrigues on first start since showing promise in the Guineas

The Derby and Juddmonte International winners were both beaten in the 2,000 Guineas earlier in their careers, so the performance of Raid, who finished eighth at Newmarket, in Goodwood’s Supreme Stakes promises to be informative.

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Group 1 winner Verbal Dexterity back in action in Royal Whip Stakes

Verbal Dexterity, a Group 1 winner last season and regarded as a genuine Classic contender this season, makes a belated reappearance in the Group 3 Manguard Plus Royal Whip Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday.

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Jim Bannon's Journal for Woodbine - Saturday

Preview for Woodbine Entertainment Group's ten race All Weather and Turf track programme featuring the Grade 2 $175,000 Play the King Stakes at Woodbine on Saturday - selections by Jim Bannon - the ten race programme commences at 1.00pm Canadian EDT, 3.00am AEST Saturday - watch the live online broadcast of the meeting

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Yearling Sales Stakes highlight mid-week stakes card at Woodbine

Many of the finest Canadian Premier Yearling Sale graduates will be in the spotlight on Wednesday evening as Woodbine hosts six yearling sales stakes with $750,000 in purses up for grabs

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UK racing on Saturday

I will be having a small each way bet on Ghostwatch in the 2.25pm at York but more because I think the son of Dubawi is seriously overpried if there is even a modicum of improvement for his recent gelding operation

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Tenacious Stradivarius toughs it out to land million-pound jackpot

Even if he wasn't at his best and victory in the Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup at York was rather more scrambled than might have been expected for a 4-11 favourite, a win is a win for Stradivarius – and that meant a £1million bonus.

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Alpha Delphini edges Mabs in superb finish as Battaash flops

The form book will say this was a race won by a nose, but in fact it was won by a single pixel on a photo print, with a tiny pinprick of darkness against a green background the only difference between Alpha Delphini and Mabs Cross.

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Trainer Michael Mullineaux chasing glory and sausages in historic Newmarket race

The historic Newmarket Town Plate provides a unique test for a field of riders from all walks of life, and among them on Saturday will be dual-purpose trainer Michael Mullineaux.

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