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Old stagers in Glorious form

Two of the veterans of the training ranks lit up the final day of Glorious Goodwood as the Henry Cecil-trained Midday and Mick Easterby's Hoof It won the feature races.

Midday was creating her own piece of history by becoming the first mare to win the Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes three times.

Her task was eased somewhat by the absence of Aidan O'Brien's Misty For Me, withdrawn on Friday afternoon because of the quick ground, but the authority of her victory over four-time Group One winner Snow Fairy suggested she would have been a tough nut to crack anyway.

Misty For Me had comfortably beaten Midday in Ireland, a run Cecil was at a loss to explain, but she looked right back to her best at her favourite Sussex venue.

Ridden confidently by Tom Queally, who along with Cecil has had a week to remember, she quickened up smartly to show the fire still burns bright and that her run in the Pretty Polly was just a blip.

Hoof It is doing his best to propel Mick Easterby back into the big time after his win in the Blue Square Stewards' Cup.

Owned by golfer Lee Westwood and his agent Andrew 'Chubby' Chandler, in partnership with the evergreen Yorkshire handler, Hoof It carried a 6lb penalty along with his top weight but never looked in any danger of not justifying 13/2 joint-favouritism.

Kieren Fallon was on board and after he made his way over to the far side from stall 18 he romped to a two-and-a-half-length triumph.

He could now be supplemented for the Nunthorpe at York.


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