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Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Jack Hobbs and Athers make for cricketing theme in busy session

Jack Hobbs: stepped up Royal Ascot preparation
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Jack Hobbs -John Gosden

After the recent retirements of Postponed and Galileo Gold, the five-year-old is now the highest-rated horse in Newmarket following his win in the Sheema Classic in March. The son of Halling stepped up his prep for the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot when matching strides with 107-rated lead horse Maverick Wave on the Limekilns round gallop.

Poet's Word - Sir Michael Stoute

Former England cricket captain Mike Atherton was in good company on the Al Bahathri Polytrack where the Freemason Lodge team were in camera as part of a Sky Sports documentary about Stoute's friend Michael Holding. This four-year-old opened the batting when covering seven furlongs and is another Hardwicke Stakes entry.

Tasleet - William Haggas

The son of Showcasing defied doubts about the soft ground when landing his biggest success to date in the Group 2 Duke of York Stakes at York last month but had no such concerns on the pristine trial ground on the Limekilns. The four-year-old holds an entry in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 24.

Hollywood Road - Don Cantillon

The dual-purpose performer looked cherry ripe for a return to the Flat when mixing with the Michael Bell team over on the peat moss gallop on Racecourse Side. The five-year-old has been freshened up since disappointing on the final day of the jumps season at Sandown and holds entries at Ripon and Carlisle on Thursday.

Great Work !!!! Ajman Princess - Roger Varian

Varian took to the watered gallop on Friday morning and this four-year-old looked well worth the fee when surging clear of her companions over a mile. The daughter of Teofilo has really turned a corner since breaking her maiden at odds of 1-20 in March and will bid for back-to-back wins at Listed level in the Pinnacle Stakes at Haydock next weekend.

The Freemason Lodge team were in camera as part of a Sky Sports documentary about Stoute's friend Michael Holding
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