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Balding excited by rising star Bangkok's Derby mission

Andrew Balding could not hide his enthusiasm for Investec Derby hope Bangkok at Breakfast with the Stars, comparing him favourably to his two former star colts Elm Park and Bonfire.

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Aidan O'Brien puts trust in St Leger winner Kew Gardens for Coronation Cup

Kew Gardens will be entrusted with giving trainer Aidan O'Brien a ninth win in the Coronation Cup at Epsom on May 31 after the Ballydoyle trainer revealed Magical would stay at home to run at the Curragh this weekend.

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Gosden Derby hopeful Private Secretary declared for Goodwood on Friday

John Gosden has declared Derby possible Private Secretary for the Listed Cocked Hat Stakes at Goodwood on Friday, just eight days ahead of the Classic.

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Punting pointers as Regal Reality bids to add to Stoute Brigadier Gerard record

Mustashry's Lockinge victory at Newbury on Saturday highlighted the roaring form of the Sir Michael Stoute stable and the Brigadier Gerard Stakes has been extremely good to the master of Freemason Lodge, yielding nine successes going back to Stagecraft in 1991.

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Gold Cup contender Dee Ex Bee heads Mark Johnston trio in Henry II Stakes

Five go to post in one of the key trials for the Gold Cup, with Mark Johnston responsible for more than half of the field.

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Varian team confident Qabala can turn tables on Hermosa in Irish 1,000 Guineas

Qabala on Wednesday joined 1,000 Guineas heroine Hermosa as favourite with some firms for their rematch in the Irish version at the Curragh on Sunday with connections hopeful she can turn around the form and disrupt the dominance of Aidan O’Brien in the Classics.

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Michael Bell celebrates 2,686-1 five-timer - and it was so nearly six to savour

Michael Bell achieved a remarkable first on Monday when saddling five winners across the two evening cards at Leicester and Windsor – but he was still ruing the one that got away at Redcar in the afternoon.

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Norfolk Stakes favourite Hurricane Ivor to skip Royal Ascot and stay at home

Hurricane Ivor, one of the most impressive two-year-old winners of the European season, will be staying in France for the time being after trainer Fabrice Chappet and owner Fiona Carmichael decided against heading to Royal Ascot with the Norfolk Stakes favourite.

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Too Darn Hot and Magna Grecia on course for epic clash in Irish Guineas

Too Darn Hot could show punters what might have been in a fascinating showdown with Qipco 2,000 Guineas winner Magna Grecia at the Curragh on Saturday.

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Sir Dragonet set to spearhead formidable O'Brien challenge for Investec Derby

Aidan O'Brien and John Gosden were among a host of trainers and jockeys to share their thoughts ahead of three feature G1 races over the two days - the £1.5 million Investec Derby, the £500,000 Investec Oaks and the £425,000 Investec Coronation Cup.

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France's Etoile 6-1 for Prix de Diane as Rouget adds to Classic hand

In what must be a very rare occurrence in the annals of the turf, Etoile became the second filly of that name to win a Group race within the space of 24 hours.

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Unbeaten Calyx set to continue Commonwealth Cup prep on Saturday

Calyx looks set to put his unbeaten record on the line at Haydock on Saturday as he is prepared for a tilt at the Commonwealth Cup.

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Beat The Bank has royal date in Queen Anne Stakes after Lockinge disappointment

Beat The Bank, a disappointment when finishing down the field in the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on Saturday, will bid for redemption in then Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot next month.

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Three days of action in prospect at Goodwood's May Festival

Goodwood Racecourse is gearing up for three outstanding days of action with the May Festival, which runs from Thursday, May 23 to Saturday, May 25 inclusive.

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Australian sprint star Houtzen has Ascot gallop in prep for King's Stand

Australian trainer Toby Edmonds made a fleeting visit to Ascot on Monday morning to check on his stable star Houtzen, who continued her preparation for the King’s Stand Stakes at next month’s Royal Ascot with a four-furlong gallop at the Berkshire track.

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Kachy and Calyx targeting major G2 sprint prizes at Haydock Park on Saturday

A magnificent seven-race programme at Haydock Park on Saturday, May 25, is headed by the £100,000 G2 Armstrong Aggregates Temple Stakes (4.00pm, seven confirmations) over the minimum distance of five furlongs.

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