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Jim Bannon's Journal for Woodbine - Sunday

Preview for Woodbine Entertainment Group's 11 race Turf and All Weather track programme at Woodbine on Sunday - selections by Jim Bannon - the 11 race programme commences at 1.05pm Canadian EDT, 3.05am AEST Monday - watch the online broadcast of the meeting

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Our Emperor defies the odds to score in main event in Mauritius

The Hennessy Park Hotel - MTC 175th Anniversary Trophy (Group 3) witnessed a major upset, as #7 Our Emperor produced a cracker of a showing to open his account on Mauritian turf on Sunday. In doing so, he earned Akshay Balloo his first Group race win here.

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Discreet Lover gains Breeders' Cup berth after upset in Jockey Gold Cup at Belmont

Lewis’s 5-year-old Discreet Lover, ridden by Manny Franco, shocked the 1 ¼ mile, $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) on Saturday at Belmont Park, wearing down Dubai World Cup winner Thunder Snow (IRE) in the final yards to win by a neck at 45-1 and gained an automatic berth into the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic

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Unseen Angels leads chestnut distaffers in Lady In Red Handicap

Clad in scarlet striped silks, meet-leading jockey Eurico Rosa Da Silva worked out a divine trip aboard favourite Unseen Angels to win the inaugural $50,000 Lady In Red Handicap, restricted to chestnut fillies and mares, on Saturday at Woodbine Racetrack.

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Zestina gifts Attard a stakes win with gutsy Ontario Damsel effort

Hall of Fame trainer Sid Attard celebrated his birthday in the Woodbine winner’s circle as Zestina turned in a gutsy performance to win the $125,000 Ontario Damsel Stakes on Saturday afternoon over the E.P. Taylor Turf Course.

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Mendelssohn and Thunder Snow put Classic claims on line in Jockey Club Gold Cup

With just over a month to go until the Breeders' Cup, Mendelssohn and Thunder Snow are among the contenders putting the finishing touches to their preparation for Churchill Downs.

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No rest for evergreen Gordon Lord Byron as he bids for 17th success

No rest for the wicked, or the wonderful. Eight days after finishing fifth in a Listed race in the Czech Republic, the evergreen Gordon Lord Byron is back on home soil to try and add win number 17 to his CV on his 92nd start in the Group 3 Renaissance Stakes at Naas.

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O'Brien: we've had our eye on the Beresford for Mount Everest for quite a while

No pressure, chaps, but this Group 2 has been a stepping stone to stardom and a whole host of household names are on the roll of honour. Something special is required to bag the Beresford.

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Unbeaten Ten Sovereigns sparkles to make it a day to remember for Ballydoyle

Strains of The Wild Rover were no doubt echoing around pubs in Ireland as Ten Sovereigns maintained his unbeaten record in the Group 1 Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes, with Aidan O'Brien dominating on the Rowley Mile.

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'Naughty' Wissahickon turns from bad to good with decisive victory

John Gosden was full of praise for Frankie Dettori after Wissahickon turned the 33-runner bet365 Cambridgeshire into a one-horse race but the real hero of the hour was the winner’s groom Asif Nazir, who had to limp on to the winner’s rostrum to collect his prize having been floored as the stroppy chestnut tried to avoid Dettori mounting before the race.

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Fairyland grinds it out to deny The Mackem Bullet as Pollyanna disappoints

This time last year Aidan O’Brien was closing in on Bobby Frankel’s world record for top-flight winners in a year. Any hope of a repeat of that record-breaking season this term went under when a respiratory illness swept through Ballydoyle, in the process taming his big-race winning spree through the height of summer.

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Game Mohawk at the head of Ballydoyle 1-2-3 after Beatboxer fails to fire

Mohawk ran out a game winner of the Royal Lodge Stakes to give Aidan O'Brien a 1-2-3 after the John Gosden-trained favourite Beatboxer ran visibly below par to finish last.

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Jim Bannon's Journal for Woodbine - Saturday

Preview for Woodbine Entertainment Group's 11 race Turf and All Weather track programme at Woodbine on Sunday - selections by Jim Bannon - the 11 race programme commences at 1.05pm Canadian EDT, 3.05am AEST Monday - watch the online broadcast of the meeting

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The McCoys announced at Cheltenham

Nicky Henderson, Harry Skelton, James Bowen, J P McManus, Native River, Might Bite and Andrew Thornton are among the winners at the second The McCoys.

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All you need to know as Sovereigns faces Middle Park test

Ten Sovereigns, unbeaten in two starts and 8-1 for the Qipco 2,000 Guineas, faces his biggest test in a race, the Middle Park Stakes, his trainer Aidan O'Brien has won five times, most recently with US Navy Flag a year ago.

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Just Wonderful now 14-1 for Guineas after showing fine turn of foot in Rockfel

Just Wonderful emulated her dam Wading when landing the Group 2 Rockfel Stakes (1400m) at Newmarket on Friday to set up a possible tilt at the Group 1 Fillies' Mile back at the Rowley Mile next month.

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UK racing this weekend

Racing on Saturday starts with three Group races at Newmarket which looks as good a trio to focus my attentions on as any.

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Twenty-seven nominated to the Pattison Canadian International

Twenty-seven horses have been nominated to the 81st running of the $800,000 Pattison Canadian International, a 1-1/2 mile Grade 1 event which will be contested on Saturday, Oct. 13 over Woodbine's world-renowned E.P. Taylor Turf Course in Toronto.

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Johnston chasing another Derby wildcard with Persian Moon at Epsom Downs this Sunday

Saga's Season Finale this Sunday, September 30, is the last fixture of 2018 at Epsom Downs Racecourse, with the highlight being the £20,000 Investec Conditions Stakes for two-year-old's over an extended mile

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Winner of the Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup 2019 to receive original trophy as racecourse is reunited with 1924 cup

Cheltenham Racecourse on Friday announced it has been reunited with the original Cheltenham Gold Cup trophy, dating back to 1924, and will present it to the winner of the 2019 Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup.

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