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Friday 23rd August 2019

Yorkshire Oaks: Enable claims 12th straight win under Frankie Dettori

Wonder mare Enable powered to a 12th consecutive win as she triumphed at York in what is likely to be her final race on British soil.

Jockey Frankie Dettori was in tears after steering the five-year-old to a clear-cut victory in the Yorkshire Oaks from Magical.

Enable will now be aimed at a record third victory in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on 6 October.

It was a 10th win at the top Group One level for the 1-4 favourite.

Dettori, 48, was himself clocking up his 14th Group One triumph of the year, just two short of his personal best tally from 2001.


Royal Ascot 2019: Blue Point wins the King's Stand Stakes for a second successive year

The Charlie Appleby-trained Blue Point won the King's Stand Stakes for a second successive year on the opening day of Royal Ascot.

Just as in 2018, Blue Point finished ahead of Battaash, who had started as the 2-1 favourite.

Blue Point, priced at 5-2, was ridden by James Doyle and becomes only the 12th horse to win the race twice.


Epsom Derby: Anthony Van Dyck wins showcase race for Aidan O'Brien

Anthony Van Dyck has won the Epsom Derby, giving acclaimed trainer Aidan O'Brien a record-equalling seventh winner in the prestigious race.

Jockey Seamie Heffernan rode the 13-2 chance to victory on his 12th attempt, with Madhmoon in second and Japan in third.

O'Brien trained seven of the 13 runners in the mile-and-a-half race.

Broome finished fourth to give O'Brien three of the top four.


Grand National: Tiger Roll unlikely to seek third straight title next year

Tiger Roll is unlikely to go for an unprecedented third successive Grand National win at Aintree next year, according to owner Michael O'Leary.

On Saturday, the nine-year-old gelding became the first horse since Red Rum 45 years earlier to claim back-to-back victories.

Red Rum claimed a record third win in 1977 but no runner in the race's 180-year history has won three in a row.

"I feel no pressure to go back and try to win a third time," said O'Leary.

"Tiger Roll isn't Red Rum - he's Tiger Roll."

The Ryanair chief has said his target next season would again be the Cross Country Chase at the Cheltenham Festival and Tiger Roll could be retired if he wins, meaning the horse would bow out after a fifth victory at jump racing's big March fixture.

However, O'Leary's comments have been met with scepticism as he had warned Tiger Roll would not go to Aintree this year after winning at Cheltenham last month.

Sent off the 4-1 favourite on Saturday, the horse, ridden by Davy Russell and trained by Gordon Elliott, was the shortest-priced winner since Poethlyn 100 years ago, seeing off runner-up Magic Of Light by just under three lengths despite carrying 6lb more in weight than last year.

O'Leary, who owns the horse through the Gigginstown House Stud operation he runs with his brother, knows he would almost certainly be made top weight in 2020 for the handicap chase, which would mean another 5lb to carry.

Tiger Roll has looked an even better horse this year, and the way he travelled so sweetly in the National had some observers suggesting he should run in next year's Cheltenham Gold Cup.


Cheltenham Festival 2019: Al Boum Photo claims Gold Cup glory success

The 12-1 chance Al Boum Photo, ridden by Paul Townend, put in a superb display to give trainer Willie Mullins a first Cheltenham Gold Cup victory.

Mullins, the Festival's most successful trainer, had previously finished second six times in the prestigious race.

Al Boum Photo had some anxious moments with his jumping but raced away to win by two-and-a-half lengths.

Fellow Irish challenger Anibale Fly (22-1) was second with the grey Bristol De Mai (18-1) back in third.


Cross Counter first British-trained horse to win Melbourne Cup

Cross Counter has made history by becoming the first British-trained racehorse to win the Melbourne Cup.

Charlie Appleby saddled the 8-1 winner, ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, in the 158th running of Australia's famous race.

Cross Counter led home a 1-2-3 for British-trained runners from Marmelo and A Prince Of Arran.

The Cliffsofmoher, trained in Ireland by Aidan O'Brien, was put down after sustaining a fractured right shoulder early in the race.

Cross Counter is owned by Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin team, which also won the Derby at Epsom for the first time this year with the Appleby-trained Masar.