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O'Brien to steer Queen's Tactician

JOSEPH O'BRIEN is to ride for the Queen in next month's Ebor at York. He will be aboard lightly raced stayer Tactician, which is currently 12/1 joint-third favourite with race sponsor Betfred.

O'Brien (18) was recently in the spotlight when chosen by his father Aidan O'Brien to partner St Nicholas Abbey in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot. The colt finished third to Nathaniel in a dramatic renewal.

Tactician's trainer Michael Bell said: "Joseph is the best 3lb claimer in Britain and Ireland, and he rides extremely well. I have informed the queen that he will ride Tactician, and she is delighted."

Midday on the charge for glorious hat-trick

Top-class older fillies Midday and Snow Fairy feature among seven declared runners for the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood tomorrow.

Henry Cecil's Midday is bidding for a hat-trick of wins in the 10-furlong Group One but needs to reverse recent placings with Aidan O'Brien's Misty For Me -- an easy victor when the pair met in the Pretty Polly Stakes at The Curragh.

Four-time Group One winner Snow Fairy, Principal Role, Crystal Capella, Field Day and Barefoot Lady complete the field.

Frankie Dettori has come in for the ride on Snow Fairy for the first time as Ryan Moore is claimed for Michael Stoute's Crystal Capella. Seamie Heffernan continues his successful relationship with Misty For Me.

Fallon looking to kick on with Hoof It

Ante-post favourites Hoof It and Mac's Power feature among the maximum field of 28 declared runners in the Blue Square Stewards' Cup at Goodwood tomorrow.

Mick Easterby's Hoof It will carry top-weight and a penalty following his victory at York last weekend and, having been pulled out of the hat early in the live draw on the track, he will break from stall 18 under Kieren Fallon.

Irish Independent