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Pitmans leading the way in the south - Lord Spencer seeking Waikato Hurdle crown - Wexford’s emerging stars to shine on both sides of the Tasman - Mary Shan ready for Australian debut - Pokuru Gold shoots for four from four

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Asfoora team expecting Ascot improvement

Trainer Henry Dwyer has said he would be 'staggered' should Asfoora not be able to make up the 2-1/2 lengths she has to find with her Temple Stakes conquerors heading into next Tuesday's King Charles III Stakes at Royal Ascot.

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The latest LONGINES World's Best Racehorse rankings

The fourth edition of the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings for 2024 features City Of Troy (USA) [123], who has joined Rebel's Romance (IRE) [123] in the co-second position.

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Asfoora ready to fly in King Charles III Stakes

Asfoora will be looking to continue the strong record of Australian sprinters at Royal Ascot in the G1 King Charles III Stakes on Tuesday. - Five of Australia’s seven Royal Ascot successes have come in the five-furlong highlight, courtesy of Choisir, Takeover Target, Miss Andretti, Scenic Blast and most recently Nature Strip in 2022.

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Oisin Murphy to take over from Jamie Spencer on Tamfana

Oisin Murphy will take over from Jamie Spencer on luckless 1,000 Guineas fourth Tamfana in Sunday's Prix de Diane with trainer David Menuisier looking for a change of fortune at Chantilly.

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Confirmed runners and riders for Sunday's Prix de Diane

Tamfana will face 13 rivals in her bid to hand David Menuisier a first French Classic when she lines up in the Prix de Diane at Chantilly on Sunday.

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Aomori City emulates Blue Point on Nottingham debut

Aomori City is following in hallowed hoofprints and has a long way to go to match his top-class predecessor but he did make a "faultless" start in the two-year-old novice event at Nottingham.

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Anno Domini defies trouble in-running to strike for Godolphin

William Buick believes Anno Domini is set for brighter things after the expensive Godolphin purchase defied in-running trouble for an impressive debut win in the 6½f novice at Newbury on Thursday.

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New Zealand news briefs

Sorcher notches another win for Te Akau’s southern barn - In-form sprinter in fine fettle for Te Rapa test - Berry The Cash out to continue purple patch of form - Alexanders excited about prospects of promising filly

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Enable's half-sister Zilfee makes successful debut

Enable’s half-sister Zilfee made a successful debut at Kempton on Wednesday night, digging deep to get back up on the line after being headed by the more experienced Incensed.

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Metropolitan up to taking on the best in St James's Palace

Trainer Mario Baratti believes Metropolitan has now developed the mental toughness to go with his athletic ability, two qualities which he expects to be tested to the full when he takes on Notable Speech and Rosallion, as well as National Stakes winner Henry Longfellow and Darlinghurst.

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Seven Questions supplemented for Group 1 King Charles III Stakes

Progressive sprinter Seven Questions is to spice up the first running of the newly titled King Charles III Stakes at Royal Ascot on Tuesday after connections decided to supplement him into the all-aged contest.

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Village Master completes five-timer for Warren Greatrex and James Bowen

Village Master extended his unbeaten record over fences to five when successfully shouldering top weight in the feature 3m2f handicap chase at Fontwell on Wednesday.

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New Zealand news briefs

Pitman has eye on $100,000 prize with Zoulander - HK audience celebrates 2YO success at Cambridge - Marroni chasing return to top form - Queensland mission accomplished for La Crique - Globe-trotting Kiwi enjoying time in Malaysia

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Curragh chief defends Irish Derby in wake of City Of Troy's absence

The most exciting Flat horse in training might be sidestepping the Irish Derby in favour of the Coral-Eclipse, but Curragh chief executive Brian Kavanagh has defended the Classic, pointing to the strong possibility that three of the first four home at Epsom will renew rivalry and make it an exciting and popular spectacle.

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Ardennes another two year-old winner for Ed Walker

Trainer Ed Walker has made a fine start to the season with his two-year-olds, and Ardennes became his fifth winning juvenile when he got off the mark in the 6f restricted novice at Salisbury on Tuesday.

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Hyland wins easily on chasing debut

Nico de Boinville was impressed with Hyland after his only ride of the day justified 11-8 favouritism when making a winning debut over fences in the feature 2m4½f Limited handicap chase at Southwell on Tuesday.

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Harrington to step down as BHA Chief Executive at the end of 2024

Julie Harrington on Tuesday announced she will leave her job as Chief Executive of the British Horseracing Authority at the end of the year after four years in the role.

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New Zealand news briefs

Home targets for Robinson quintet - Benner looking forward to a well-earned break - Aussie Betty set to strike at Cambridge - Trade mission strengthens ties with Malaysian racing

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Unsettled forecast before the start of Royal Ascot

Showers forecast for the end of the week and into the start of next week could impact the Royal Ascot going, which was described as good, good to firm in places on Monday afternoon.

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