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Beaver camp hopeful     of Group glory

CONNECTIONS of Beaver Patrol are hopeful the six-year-old can secure a first Group 3 success in the KBC Supreme Stakes at Goodwood on Tuesday.

Although without a victory this season, the six-year-old has run a number of fine races in defeat, finishing second in the Wokingham Stakes at Royal Ascot and taking third inthe Hungerford Stakes at Newbury last time.

Trainer Eve Johnson Houghton admits her charge is now rated too highly to run in handicap company, but believes he is more than capable of holding his own at Group level.

"Beaver Patrol is in great form at home and I think the handicapper has got him now so he will have to stick to Group races," said Johnson Houghton.

"He ran a good race at Newbury last time and the winner (Paco Boy) is probably the best seven-furlong horse in the country.

"He loves Goodwood which is a big plus and I am sure he can win one of these Group races.

"He wouldn't want the ground too soft but we are very hopeful he will run well."

Beaver Patrol faces eight rivals including recent Cork winner Duff, while Sharp Nephew and Welsh Emperor are other interesting contenders.



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