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Wednesday 6th November 2019

Vow and Declare wins Melbourne Cup thriller

Vow And Declare won a dramatic Melbourne Cup while Frankie Dettori's runner-up Master Of Reality was demoted to fourth after a stewards' inquiry.

Dettori was given a nine-meeting ban after the victor, trained by Australian Danny O'Brien, won in a tight finish.

Stewards ruled Dettori, riding for Irish trainer Joseph O'Brien, impeded Il Paradiso, who was fourth past the post for Joseph's father Aidan.

Il Paradiso was promoted to third, with British hope Prince Of Arran second.

Dettori looked to have sealed his first victory in the two-mile Flemington race 'that stops a nation' but Craig Williams claimed his maiden Melbourne Cup triumph on Vow And Declare before more drama in the stewards' room.

Italian-born Dettori, 48, was banned for nine racedays in the state of Victoria, up to and including 13 November.

Prince Of Arran's jockey Michael Walker was fined AUS10,000 (£5,400) and suspended for seven race meetings for overuse of the whip.


 

Joseph O'Brien seals Breeders' Cup jockey/trainer double

Joseph O'Brien became only the second person to ride and train a winner at the Breeders' Cup, as Iridessa won the Filly and Mare Turf race in California.

The 26-year-old son of legendary trainer Aidan also becomes the youngest winning trainer in the event.

O'Brien became the youngest winning jockey when he won the Turf race aged 18 aboard St Nicholas Abbey in 2011.

Frankie Dettori finished fourth on Saturday with Fanny Logan, while Aidan O'Brien's Just Wonderful was fifth.

Mirth set the pace and soon built a big lead, but she was swamped in the straight as Iridessa, ridden by Wayne Lordan, and Vasilika fought out the finish in the one mile and two furlongs contest.

Iridessa, who finished third behind Billesdon Brook over a mile at Newmarket last month, battled on to win by a neck.

Last year's winner Sistercharlie, the odds-on favourite, was three lengths back in third, with Richard Hannon's Billesdon Brook eighth on this occasion.


 

Enable and Dettori denied as Waldgeist wins Arc de Triomphe

Enable and Frankie Dettori were denied a record third Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe as Waldgeist pipped her on the line to win Europe's richest Flat race.

Hot favourite Enable, the 2017 and 2018 winner, was a length clear entering the closing stages at Longchamp.

But Waldgeist, ridden by Pierre-Charles Boudot, was able to give French trainer Andre Fabre a record eighth Arc win.

Enable's trainer John Gosden said the five-year-old's owner, Saudi prince Khalid Abdullah, will make the decision whether to retire the mare after the defeat.

It is just a second defeat for Enable, who was the strong favourite going into the Arc off the back of impressive wins in the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown, the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot and the Yorkshire Oaks at York.

She was roared on in the closing stages by the French crowd but could not keep up with 16-1 Waldgeist's fast finish.

Fellow five-year-old Waldgeist, beaten on each of the three previous occasions they had met, finished fourth in last year's Arc.

It was a first win in the race for Frenchman Boudot and sees Waldgeist take the 2,857,000 euros (£2,543,458) winner's prize.

Sottsass finished third under Cristian Demuro for trainer Jean-Claude Rouget at 8-1.


 

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.


 

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.