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Sandown stormer sets Stotsfold up nicely for Chicago

Stotsfold will take in an outing at York later this month ahead of a trip to the Arlington Million following his win in the Mouton Cadet Gala Stakes at Sandown.

The seven-year-old completed a double at the Esher track after bagging the Brigadier Gerard in May and is now poised to improve on last year's third-place finish in Chicago.

Adam Kirby brought Stotsfold through to challenge two furlongs out, and the 9-2 chance gained the upper hand to book his trip across the Atlantic on August 21.

Trainer Walter Swinburn said: "That was just what the doctor ordered and I would not have been surprised if he had been beaten today.

"This race leads into the Sky Bet at York in three weeks' time and he'll then go to Chicago. It couldn't have worked out better and I can get him there better than he was last year."

Zebedee had his confidence boosted after losing his unbeaten record in the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot as Richard Hannon's youngster stamped his mark on the Dragon Stakes.

The 8-15 favourite travelled like the best horse for most of the way and Richard Hughes quickly settled matters as the pair quickened a length and a quarter clear.

The speedy colt is now the winner of three of his four races, and Hannon's son, Richard Jnr, said: "It is a nice confidence booster after Royal Ascot as that can take a bit out of them and he'll probably go to the Molecomb next."

Roman Eagle swooped in the dying strides to deny the Hannon-Hughes combination a double in the seven-furlong EBF Maiden Stakes.

The Michael Jarvis-trained newcomer sat just off the pace under Philip Robinson and only got on terms in the dying strides to foil Jehanbux.

One bookmaker quoted the winner at 33s for next year's 2000 Guineas.

Piscean ended a luckless run stretching back to Goodwood in May last year as he charged down the outside to take the Bluefin Handicap.

Tom Keddy's five-year-old has often missed the kick, and his late-finishing style of running has seen him encounter all sorts of trouble.

But Keddy's wife said: "A stiff five furlongs suits him and he goes well at tracks like this and at Goodwood."


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