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Royal Empire - Newbury 17/8/2013

Royal Empire (blue) winning at Newbury

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Royal Empire rules in Geoffrey Freer

Report: Newbury, Saturday

Betfred TV Geoffrey Freer Stakes (Group 3) 1m 5 1/2f, 3yo+

ROYAL EMPIRE gave Saeed Bin Suroor a second win in the last five runnings of the Geoffrey Freer Stakes as he galloped all the way to the line under a strong ride from Kieren Fallon.

The progressive four-year-old was making it three wins from six starts this season as he bagged the most notable success of his 11-race career.

Sent off an 8-1 chance, Royal Empire was no better than mid-divison as they straightened up for home as the front-running Testudo had led them along at a decent clip from the outset.

That genuine gallop, though, set it up for the finishers with Royal Empire ridden down the straight before emerging from the pack to challenge inside the final furlong.

Gallant globetrotter Red Cadeaux, racing under a Group 1 penalty, put down a late challenge under Gerald Mosse but the pair were unable to reel in Royal Empire and Fallon.

Crossing the line Royal Empire was a length and a half to the good with a further half-length back to the other Godolphin runner in the race, Lost In The Moment, in third.

Unsurprisingly after this performance, Royal Empire will now be aimed at the Emirates Melbourne Cup at Flemington in November.

Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford said: "I am very pleased with that. He is progressing all the time and I hope the handicapper was as impressed as I was and pushes him up another 3lb because I think he will need it to get into the Melbourne Cup. 

"He is very solid and we will try and get a couple more runs into him before Melbourne. Where we go for those runs however, I'm not sure."

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