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Saturday 10 December 2016

Great display lands spoils for Balding

Tom Peacock

Published 17/07/2011 | 05:00

Charles The Great showed plenty of speed to land an all-the-way success in the valuable Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury.

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The Andrew Balding-trained colt was one of three runners representing Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds and proved pretty game as he repelled the late charge of the gallant Lily's Angel.

Jimmy Fortune got the 25/1 winner rolling from the stalls and coming into the final two furlongs, he was still travelling well up front.

While Nagham came with a late charge on the stands side, Lily's Angel was motoring down the middle and she looked at one stage like she had just got her head in front.

However, Charles The Great battled on well and held on by a short head at the line with 4/1 joint-favourite Lily's Angel second and Nagham a further half-length back in third.

"It's not ideal to make the all in these kind of races," said Fortune. "He was lugging to the stands side so he ended up there. He's a very nice horse."

Deacon Blues graduated to Group Three level at the same venue with a stylish win for Frankie Dettori in the Shadwell Stakes.

The 5/2 favourite defeated last year's Betfred Sprint Cup winner Markab hands-down by two and three-quarter lengths.

Meanwhile, at The Curragh the feature race on day one of the Oaks weekend, the Group 3 Minstrel Stakes over seven furlongs, went to Across The Rhine overturning the well fancied English raider The Cheka, the 4/5 favourite.

Across The Rhine, sent off at 12/1 for Tracey Collins and Pat Shanahan, was last seen finishing tenth of 25 in the Buckingham Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. The son of Cuvee was enjoying his fifth career win and his first in Group company.

Running in the colours of Thistle Bloodstock Limited, the five-year-old put in a game front-running performance to beat Future Generation for Ger Lyons and Johnny Murtagh by a length.

Winning trainer Tracey Collins said: "He is a quirky bugger and Pat did the right time by taking him away from the other horses."

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