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Colm confident of Blanco's bid

Aidan O'Brien's At First Sight was the sole defector from the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot tomorrow as the master of Ballydoyle sends over his latest Irish Derby winner, Cape Blanco, to renew his rivalry with Epsom's hero, Workforce.

There is an intriguing battle in store between the pair with Michael Stoute's Harbinger splitting them in the betting and also warranting his place near the head of the market.

Workforce was scintillating in winning the Epsom Derby in a record-breaking time and it is on that basis that he is a deserving even money favourite, but Cape Blanco did win on their only meeting and Colm O'Donoghue, who deputises for the suspended Johnny Murtagh, couldn't be happier with Cape Blanco ahead of the rematch.

"I'm very confident and very happy with my horse going into the race," said O'Donoghue. "He's in great order, he's in great shape.

"He has possibly gone forward from his Irish Derby run and hopefully he can put up a very good performance."

O'Donoghue is not ignoring the challenge that faces his three-year-old who, as well as meeting his fellow three-year-old Workforce, is also taking on the older horses for the first time.

He added: "Workforce is the Epsom Derby winner and a very good one at that. We have got an awful lot of respect for him and I'm looking forward to taking him on again on Saturday."

For those who follow trends, 2003 was the last time a horse in his Classic season won the King George and that was when Irish Derby winner Alamshar defeated Kris Kin, who had won the English equivalent, and the previous three-year-old winner to that was in 2001 with Galileo, who also claimed the Curragh feature en route.

As well as Workforce, who is a major drifter with the sponsors, Betfair, Michael Stoute is also represented by Harbinger and wild outsider Confront.

Connections of Dar Re Mi and Youmzain will be hopeful more than confident, but either or both could cause a surprise.

Five-year-old Dar Re Mi tries to add to her six wins -- three of which were in Group One company, while Mick Channon's Youmzain will once again be delivered late by Richard Hughes as he goes in search of a third Group One having been placed in a remarkable 15.



Modernising

Meanwhile, should there be a stewards' enquiry tomorrow or next week at Glorious Goodwood (30th & 31st), punters watching the respective meeting will be able to watch in, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) announced yesterday.

These live broadcasts continue the trial undertaken at the Investec Derby Festival so that those involved can assess feedback from both the public and participants.

It is yet another step towards modernising British racing, as part of the much discussed 'Racing for Change' project, which is aiming to broaden the appeal of the sport.

Jamie Stier, Head of Raceday Operations and Regulation at the BHA, said: "With there being no enquiries into the result of a race when the trial initially took place at the Investec Epsom Festival, we are delighted to be able to continue this trial at these high profile meetings.

"It is pleasing that the jockeys have thrown their support behind this trial continuing.

"Through this trial we hope that those watching at home will gain a more comprehensive understanding of the processes and considerations undertaken by the Stewards in determining the result of a race which is subject to an enquiry.''

Stewards' enquiries will be broadcast on both terrestrial and digital channels. Only those races shown on terrestrial television will be open to televised enquiries -- races aired before or after on digital channels will not be open to filming.

BBC 1 will be broadcasting four races tomorrow, with the programme starting at 2.20pm. At the Races will be covering all seven races live.

Channel 4 will be broad- casting alongside digital channel Racing UK at Glorious Goodwood, with the televised Stewards Enquiry trial taking place on Friday, 30th July and Saturday, 31st July.


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