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Stone Of Folca goes into record books

Stone of Folca has officially entered the Guinness Book of World Records as holding the fastest recorded five-furlong time.

John Best's sprinter clocked 53.69 seconds – the quickest since electronic timing began – in the Investec Specialist Bank Dash at Epsom on the 2012 Derby Day.

It has now been ratified by the British Horseracing Authority, as well as the record keepers. "I'm delighted that Stone Of Folca has officially been recognised as the fastest racehorse, it's a great achievement," said Best.

The gelding is entered in the same race again on June 7.

Meanwhile, French star-in-waiting, Prince Gibraltar stands in front of The Grey Gatsby as Kevin Ryan's colt pitches for Classic glory in today's Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly. Dante Stakes winner The Grey Gatsby is one of two British runners among a field of 16, but the home favourite has impressed on his last two starts.

Jean-Claude Rouget's representative claimed Group One honours in the Criterium de Saint-Cloud in November and returned to that Parisian course on his return in 2014 as he took France's top Derby trial, the Prix Greffulhe, in impressive fashion.

Veteran Gerald Mosse is very excited about riding Prince Gibraltar for the first time. He said: "I have not ridden the horse on the track, but from what I saw of him at Saint-Cloud he is a serious contender."

With no Michael Stoute or Aidan O'Brien runners, Ryan Moore is able to renew his association with The Grey Gatsby from the Dante. "He's in good form, he has a great draw (stall six) and he's travelled over well," said Moore.

Elsewhere, Roger Charlton's Goodwood winner Observational has been ruled out of the Investec Derby following a dirty scope.

The Galileo colt filled the runner-up spot on his only appearance as a juvenile at Newbury and was beaten just a head by Sudden Wonder on his return to action in Newmarket's Tattersalls Millions 3-Y-O Trophy.

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Connections have stated their intention to have a tilt at Epsom's premier Classic following Observational's determined triumph in Goodwood's Cocked Hat Stakes, but those plans have now been shelved.


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