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Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Thanksgiving service for John Dunlop to be held in September

John Dunlop: died earlier this month at the age of 78
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A service of thanksgiving for the late Classic-winning trainer John Dunlop will be held in London in September.

Dunlop, who died this month at the age of 78, won the Derby with Shirley Heights and Erhaab and saddled more than 3,500 winners in an illustrious career. His racing legacy has continued through the successful careers of his sons Ed and Harry. 

The service will be held at St Paul's Knightsbridge, London on September 19.

King claims apprentice title in Australia

Rachel King, who rode as an amateur on the Flat and over jumps when also working as Clive Cox's secretary in Britain before deciding to head to Australia, has continued to make waves by winning her second consecutive apprentice title in as many years.

Last year King, 27, won the New South Wales apprentice premiership, and on Saturday she won at a higher level when claiming the Metropolitan apprentice premiership, also in New South Wales.

Leading trainer Gai Waterhouse has been one of King's supporters, and was quick to offer her congratulations.

So too were King's parents, Rebecca and Chris, who emailed the Racing Post to say: "We are so proud of our daughter. This is a huge achievement as she rode out her claim several months ago and has been riding on level terms with the senior jockeys. 

"It is also her birthday on Tuesday, when she starts riding as a senior jockey."

King George addition

Mr Lupton, winner of the Listed City Walls Stakes at York last time, was on Saturday supplemented for the Group 2 King George Qatar Stakes at Goodwood on Friday at a cost of £15,000.

The Richard Fahey-trained five-year-old, who runs in the silks of Noel Kershaw, is one of 15 possibles after the six-day forfeit stage, along with last year's winner Battaash, last weekend's Sapphire Stakes winner Havana Grey and a quintet of Aidan O'Brien-trained sprinters.

Transferred meeting receives decent entry 

The meeting at Wolverhampton on Friday, transferred from Bath amid the ongoing heatwave due to the track's inability to water, received a healthy 99 entries for six races on Saturday.

Fifteen have been entered for the 188Bet Mobile Bet 10 Get 20 Stayers' Series Handicap, which remains a qualifier for the Bath Summer Stayers' Series.

Bath's last meeting, on Wednesday, ended up with 28 runners, with six of the races initially reopened.

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Dunlop, who won the Derby with Shirley Heights and Erhaab, saddled more than 3,500 winners in an illustrious career

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