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Saturday, 19 January, 2019

Dettori fine tunes Gosden's leading Leger contender Stradivarius

Stradivarius pulls clear in the Goodwood Cup
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Stradivarius John Gosden

Gosden does not want too much rain at Doncaster for his latest St Leger project, who will carry the same colours as Masked Marvel, successful in the final domestic Classic for the yard in 2011. Frankie Dettori dropped in to fine tune the chestnut – of whom he had a rear view on Big Orange in the Goodwood Cup last time – on the Al Bahathri at second lot.

Lansky Jeremy Noseda

Like many local trainers Noseda and his wife Kerri were at the Keeneland Sales, so it was left to understudy Dave Bradley to marshal the Shalfleet team on the Al Bahathri. This son of Dark Angel, who looked in top order, ran an excellent race from a wide draw to finish third in the Acomb Stakes at York last time and may make a short trip up the A11 to the Yarmouth festival in ten days' time.

Rajasinghe Richard Spencer

Looks sure to be a popular attraction at the Newmarket open day next Sunday as Spencer's yard is barely a furlong from the gallops event on Warren Hill. The Royal Ascot winner had the trial ground to himself on Friday morning and made the most of it.

Architecture Hugo Palmer

Palmer mixed it up a bit with his workers between the Limekilns and the Al Bahathri Polytrack with his useful filly swinging past in good heart on the latter venue. Palmer and others will have to find somewhere else to play when the facility is closed for refurbishment at the end of next month.

Great Work!! Big Orange Michael Bell

Gave an indication of what Order Of St George would have been facing in the Irish St Leger when powering around the bend on the summer gallop under his usual rider Tyrone Lloyd-Jones. Talk now is of the Group 1 Prix du Cadran on Arc weekend, but first the six-year-old has a bigger engagement at the Newmarket open day, where he was the headline act a year ago.

The six-year-old has a bigger engagement at the Newmarket open day where he was the headline act a year ago
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