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All Ablaze on fire to score for English

DAMIEN ENGLISH'S All Ablaze ran out a gutsy winner of the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Premier Nursery at Dundalk.

Always in the front rank under Rory Cleary, the 16/1 chance looked there to be shot at entering the final furlong.

Both Almanack and Wexford Opera were closing fast in the dying strides, but All Ablaze held on to beat the former by a short-head.

English said: "Words can't explain what this means. I bought him this time last year for €1,000. I was the underbidder for his sister the other day and I'm just sorry now I didn't go that bit extra.

"He missed three weeks with a virus before he won the last day at Bellewstown and we gave him a few weeks off after that. We planned this as we think he's best fresh. Bellewstown made a man of him. He'll probably come back here in about a month's time."

Meanwhile, Certify had no great difficulty in extending Godolphin's record in the Shadwell Fillies' Mile to three-in-a-row when coming home unchallenged at a windswept Newmarket.

What was more interesting was bookmaker reaction to the four-and-a-half-lengths victory, with Coral offering the unbeaten daughter of Elusive Quality at just 6/1 for next year's 1,000 Guineas, but Ladbrokes instantly making her a far more conservative 12/1.

Certify was entitled to take her first Group One as she did, but caution from Ladbrokes could have been drawn from the Godolphin yard's previous winners, as last year's scorer Lyric Of Light was almost pulled up on her only subsequent start in the Guineas, and 2010 star White Moonstone never ran again.

Sheikh Mohammed's other trainer, Saeed Bin Suroor, completed a solid day for the team when Australian recruit Retrieve (5/2 favourite) justified warm market support in the Listed Aqlaam Godolphin Stakes.

Irish Independent