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Casamento Leads Irish Charge in Racing Post Trophy

1 Casamento 2/1F
2 Seville 8/1
3 Master Of Hounds 15/2

Casamento swept to victory in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster to lead home a one-two-three for the Irish challengers in the Group One contest.

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Frankie Dettori was always prominent on the Michael Halford-trained juvenile (2-1 favourite) and committed for home two furlongs out.

Sheikh Mohammed's youngster stretched out in terrific style and was always holding the strong challenge of Aidan O'Brien's Seville to score by three-quarters of a length, with the runner-up's stable companion Master Of Hounds back in third spot.

Dettori said: "It was a great performance and I'm delighted for Sheikh Mohammed and Mick - this is his first Group One. I think he's probably a Derby horse, but we'll wait and see. He's a lovely horse."

Halford reported: "I personally think he might have enough speed for the Guineas, but he's not slow either and stays.

"He was idling a bit in front and looking for a bit of company. Frankie said he was always happy on him and kept finding every time a horse got near him. He's a big, relaxed horse and only does what he has to do."

Casamento is now set to join Godolphin, but that does not bother Halford.

He added: "There was never any problem with that. It was always going to be the case and we were so lucky to get him. I'm so grateful to Sheikh Mohammed for sending me the horse in the first place."

The owner's bloodstock agent John Ferguson confirmed: "He'll winter in Dubai and he'll be trained with the Derby in mind, but we might run him in the Guineas too. I think the last Group One we won here in these colours would have been Shantou's Leger in 1996."

O'Brien said of his duo: "They've both run crackers. Seville was on his own for a big part of the race and Master Of Hounds also ran a good race. The form ties in with the best two-year-olds in Ireland and I'd imagine they'd both progress well next year."


Starting Price
Beaten Distance
M Halford
L Dettori
9st 0lbs
2 - 1
A P O'Brien
C O'Donoghue
9st 0lbs
8 - 1
3/4 length
Master Of Hounds
A P O'Brien
J P Murtagh
9st 0lbs
15 - 2
2 lengths
Native Khan
E A L Dunlop
P Hanagan
9st 0lbs
17 - 2
3/4 length
Dunboyne Express
K Prendergast
D P McDonogh
9st 0lbs
4 - 1
1 3/4 length
Karam Albaari
J R Jenkins
J Quinn
9st 0lbs
40 - 1
2 1/4 lengths
M A Jarvis
N Callan
9st 0lbs
20 - 1
C E Brittain
S Sanders
9st 0lbs
16 - 1
1 length
Dubawi Gold
M Dods
T Eaves
9st 0lbs
20 - 1
6 lengths
Titus Mills
B J Meehan
K Fallon
9st 0lbs
13 - 2
4 1/2 lengths



Native Khan

Native Khan

Ed Dunlop was satisfied with Native Khan's performance in Saturday's Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster.

The grey lined up for the final Group One of the season unbeaten, but lost that record behind a trio of Irish raiders headed by Casamento while racing on ground softer than ideal. However, he ran on pleasingly inside the final two furlongs, having been one of the first off the bridle.

"He really stayed on well and came from off the pace on ground he didn't like. Paul (Hanagan) was adamant he hated the ground and the first thing he said was that he'd have been much closer on quicker ground," reported Dunlop.

"We learned a lot about him trip-wise and everybody was very complimentary about him afterwards. I'm as happy as I can be without actually winning the race. He quickened from way off the pace on ground he didn't like and he'll definitely stay further next year.

"It was the first time he's ever been in a battle. He won his maiden in style and even in the Solario he got blocked in, but as soon as the gap was there he quickened through it.

"There's speed in his family but he's also related to a hurdler, so it bodes well for next year.

"We'll be thinking of the Guineas and a Derby trial and while he's French-bred and could go for the French Derby, we'll be giving Epsom some thought, even though he's not entered. I thought he was the horse to take out of the race."

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