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Wednesday 8th August 2018

British Champions Day: Cracksman and Poet's Word to take part in Ascot races

Four of the world's top six horses are among the entries for British Champions Day at Ascot on 20 October.

The entries competing for a record-breaking £4.35m in prize money include the winners of 77 Group One races and 16 European Classics.

They include Cracksman, the holder of the Champion Stakes, and Poet's Word, the 2017 runner-up and currently the world's joint-highest rated horse.

The showpiece event is the finale to the British flat racing season.

Jessica Harrington's Alpha Centauri has been included in the field for the £1.1m Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, while Charlie Hills' Battaash has been given the option of the British Champions Sprint Stakes.

Aidan O'Brien will go for a sixth Qipco British Champions Day victory with a number of entries.


Glorious Goodwood: Battaash wins back-to-back King George Stakes

Battaash eased to victory to become the first horse to claim back-to-back wins in the Group Two King George Stakes at Goodwood.

The pre-race 8-11 favourite ridden by Jim Crowley finished ahead of two previous winners - Take Cover and Muthmir.


Royal Ascot 2018: Stradivarius wins Gold Cup at Ascot for Frankie Dettori

Frankie Dettori claimed his 60th Royal Ascot winner as Stradivarius took the Gold Cup after a thrilling finish.

Dettori was at his best on the 7-4 joint favourite, trained by John Gosden, to see off runner-up Vazirabad and long-time leader Torcedor in third.

It was the 47-year-old jockey's sixth Gold Cup win and he treated the 70,000 crowd to a trademark flying dismount.

Joint favourite Order Of St George, the 2016 winner and last year's runner-up, could only finish fourth.


Kentucky Derby: Justify wins at Churchill Downs

Justify maintained his unbeaten run to win the Kentucky Derby as Aidan O'Brien missed the chance to make history.

O'Brien, who won the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket earlier on Saturday, was hoping to saddle the first European-based horse to win the race.

After heavy rain saturated the dirt track for the 144th running of the race, favourite Justify powered home by two and a half lengths.

O'Brien's Mendelssohn finished last of the 20 runners.

Good Magic was second with Audible third.

Justify has now won all four of his races this year and is the first champion since Apollo in 1882 to win the showdown for three-year-olds without running anywhere as a two-year-old.

It was a fifth victory for trainer Bob Baffert in the coveted Group One race at Churchill Downs, the first leg of the American Triple Crown.


Cheltenham Festival: Native River romps to Gold Cup success

Native River won a thrilling Cheltenham Gold Cup after an epic duel with Might Bite.

The 5-1 chance gave Dorset trainer Colin Tizzard his first victory in the race after some spectacular jumping under champion jockey Richard Johnson.

Favourite Might Bite (4-1), seeking a historic Cheltenham Festival treble for trainer Nicky Henderson, was a gallant runner-up, beaten by four and a half lengths.

Anibale Fly (33-1) finished third ahead of Road To Respect and Djakadam.