Wednesday 26 October 2016

Churchill the headline act in Dewhurst field

Published 06/10/2016 | 15:26


Churchill heads a field of seven for the Dubai Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.

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Aidan O'Brien's star colt is odds-on to claim his fifth successive win after progressing from the Listed Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot to the Group One National Stakes at the Curragh.

Lancaster Bomber, who has acted as pacemaker for his illustrious stable companion in his last two starts, has again been recruited from the Ballydoyle team.

The two Irish raiders face a strong home contingent led by the William Haggas-trained Rivet, winner of the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster last month.

There are two unbeaten colts in this seven-furlong feature.

South Seas made it three from three for trainer Andrew Balding when defeating subsequent Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere runner-up Salouen in the Solario Stakes at Sandown in August, while t he John Gosden-trained Seven Heavens, a son of Frankel, is the unknown quantity in the line-up. He is stepping up considerably in class having won an Ascot maiden and a two-runner conditions event at Goodwood.

Godolphin are represented by Charlie Appleby's Gimcrack winner Blue Point, who was runner-up in the Middle Park Stakes a fortnight ago, and the Saeed bin Suroor-trained Thunder Snow, who was only beaten a head by Rivet in the Champagne.

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