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Thursday 8 December 2016

Buratino is in fine fettle

Published 09/08/2015 | 02:30

Buratino (left) ridden by jockey William Buick on their way to winning the Coventry Stakes
Buratino (left) ridden by jockey William Buick on their way to winning the Coventry Stakes

Mark Johnston feels he could not have Buratino in better shape ahead of the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh this afternoon.

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The exciting colt steps into Group One company for the first time after winning the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot during a busy juvenile campaign.

"It is the best two-year-old race of the season so far," said Johnston. "Buratino won the Coventry, which is arguably the best two-year-old race before August. He has been exceptionally well and this has been his target since Ascot.

"He is quite an experienced horse for a two-year-old, having had six runs, and he is coming back off what for him has been a long break."

William Buick has partnered the Godolphin-owned Buratino on his last three starts and expects the son of Exceed And Excel to continue to progress.

Air Force Blue finished second in the Coventry, beaten two lengths, and is one of three runners for Aidan O'Brien.

"I think he's the classiest horse (of the O'Brien three) and there's no doubt in a year's time he's going to be the best horse," said Joseph O'Brien. "My only worry is if the race is coming a bit early in his career."

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