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First Date score for George girl

Date With Destiny, the only foal of the ill-fated George Washington, made the perfect start to her racing career at Newbury.

Fairly weak in the betting, the Richard Hannon-trained youngster was sent off at 9/2 for the Christal Management EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes but travelled like the winner from a very early stage having missed the break slightly.

Richard Hughes sat motionless to a furlong-and-a-half out, and although a little green when asked for her effort, she readily picked up to account for the front-running Zanazzi by a length and a half.

Not unlike her father in facial features with a striking white blaze, the front three were a mile clear of the fourth and her future looks bright.

A multiple Group One winner, George Washington suffered fertility problems at stud and was returned to training, but tragedy struck when he suffered a fatal injury in the 2007 Breeders' Cup Classic at Monmouth Park.

Rose Blossom battled on well to hold off all-comers and land the Cuisine De France Summer Stakes at York.

The three-year-old, owned by Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, had not quite lived up to expectations but finally fulfilled her potential in this Group Three contest.

Red-hot jockey Paul Hanagan soon had the Richard Fahey-trained filly at the head of affairs and she stuck on gamely to hold the strong-finishing Tropical Treat by a neck.

The pair drew two-and-a-half lengths clear of Gilt Edge Girl in third.

"I'm delighted for the owners and we've always liked her," said Fahey. "She's not straightforward, but on her day she's okay. She's in the Nunthorpe back at York, but we'll see."

Highclere's racing manager Harry Herbert also mentioned the possibility of a crack at the big sprint over five furlongs next month.

Speaking at Ascot, where the Highclere colours were also successful, he said: "She did it really well.

"If she can slightly dominate and get in a rhythm you know she is going to put on a big performance.

Dandino is on course for the Betfair Gordon Stakes at Glorious Goodwood ahead of a possible tilt at the Ladbrokes St Leger.

The Elite Racing's Club highly-progressive colt, trained by James Given, is unbeaten in four starts this term.

His latest two victories in competitive handicaps at Epsom and Royal Ascot have seen him touted as a lively contender for the final Classic of the season at Doncaster in September.

"He's very well indeed and we are looking forward to Goodwood for the Gordon Stakes," said the Lincolnshire handler. "His form keeps on getting franked."

Dandino is no bigger than 16/1 for the St Leger on September 11.

Stotsfold is reported to be in tip-top shape as he builds towards an important month.

The seven-year-old showed his wellbeing with victory in a Listed contest at Sandown last week ahead of two important dates. Trainer Walter Swinburn is aiming the Barathea gelding at the Group Two Sky Bet York Stakes over a mile and a quarter on July 24.

That will be followed by his main objective, the Arlington Million in Chicago on August 21, in which he was third last season.

"He's in great form. He came out of that race at Sandown well and goes to York on the 24th," said Swinburn.

Johnny Murtagh was left counting the cost after bagging the Darley July Cup on Aidan O'Brien's Starspangledbanner at Newmarket.

The Irishman was given a six-day ban by the local stewards, ruling him out of the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes meeting at Ascot and the first two days of Glorious Goodwood, which includes the Sussex Stakes.

Having missed the kick on the Golden Jubilee winner, Murtagh tacked left over to the far rail, a manoeuvre the officials deemed careless riding.

Barring a successful appeal, he will be out of action from July 23-28 inclusive.

Murtagh would have been riding O'Brien's Irish Derby winner Cape Blanco in the King George in what looks set to be one of the best renewals of the race in recent years. Derby winner Workforce and his Michael Stoute-trained stablemate Harbinger are both on target for the race.


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