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A chorus of approval; Joy abounds at Alborada's `old firm' win.



AN emphatic roar of approval greeted Alborada's triumph in the Dubai Champion Stakes The Champion Stakes is a Group 1 flat horse race in the United Kingdom for three-year-old and above thoroughbreds. It is run over a distance of 1 mile 2 furlongs (2,012 metres) at Newmarket's Rowley Mile course in October. It was first run in 1877. , reflecting not only the filly's game performance but the popularity of her trainer, Sir Mark Prescott, and jockey, George Duffield George Duffield MBE (born November 30, 1946 in Stanley, Yorkshire) is a retired English flat racing jockey.

He served a seven year apprenticeship with Jack Waugh, and rode his first winner on 15 June, 1967 at Great Yarmouth Racecourse on a horse called Syllable, trained by
, writes Richard Griffiths.

It was also a notable achievement for Alborada's owner-breeder Kirsten Rausing, who has shown great faith in the family and sold a half-brother to Saturday's Group 1 heroine for Ir400,000gns at Goffs two weeks ago.

And were it not for a fractured pedal-bone which she suffered as a foal foal

a junior horse from birth to one year. May be filly foal, colt foal.


foal ataxia
see enzootic equine incoordination.
, Alborada would also have been consigned to the sales, despite being hailed by Rausing as "special from the word go".

Not just special, but brave and talented too, Alborada's neck victory coming after a final furlong This article or section contains information about an unreleased video game.
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 of suspense, with the runner-up Insatiable gnawing away at her lead throughout. The 6-5 favourite Daylami, by contrast, could never produce a decisive challenge and finished third, two lengths behind the front two and a length ahead of Mutamam. Frankie Dettori Lanfranco "Frankie" Dettori, MBE (born December 15, 1970 in Milan) is a thoroughbred race horse jockey and celebrity. He is the son of Sardinian jockey Gianfranco Dettori, who was a prolific winner in Italy.  had been the first jockey in trouble on Daylami and reported: "He had no punch today."

The stress of the finish was summed up by Prescott when he said afterwards: "You spend a lifetime watching races like this and wishing you could have a runner that good; and when you do it kills you."

But the trainer's delight at landing the second Group 1 winner of his career, and the first on his home patch, was evident as he was swamped by well-wishers, among them John Dunlop John Dunlop could refer to:
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 and Sir Michael Stoute Sir Michael Ronald Stoute (b. October 22, 1945) has been training horses since 1972. He was the only trainer in the 20th century to win an English Classic in five successive seasons[1] and has been Champion Trainer nine times[2]. , who trains Insatiable.

"This is great, a wonderful day," Prescott added. "George [Duffield] has not made a mistake on her all year and has ridden her perfectly."

Having challenged the pacemaker Happy Valentine with about three furlongs to go, Duffield admitted to sharing Prescott's concern at the finish. "I could see the other one [Insatiable] creep up Verb 1. creep up - advance stealthily or unnoticed; "Age creeps up on you"
sneak up

advance, march on, move on, progress, pass on, go on - move forward, also in the metaphorical sense; "Time marches on"
 the rails. I thought `she's been in front plenty long enough'," he said. "In a race of that calibre it's asking a lot to be there that long."

Prescott also trained Alborada's three-parts sister Last Second, but believes Saturday's winner is a tougher filly.

"I always thought Last Second had more brilliance but was fragile, and she didn't train on as a four-year-old," he said. "Alborada is possibly less brilliant but very tough."

A decision on whether Alborada stays in training at four will not be rushed. If she is to be retired, she could tackle either the Yellow Ribbon or the Matriarch Stakes The Matriarch Stakes is a Grade I turf race for thoroughbred horses run at Hollywood Park Racetrack for a purse of $500,000. The race is open to fillies and mares, age three and up, and takes place over a distance of one mile on the grass.  in America next month. "If she's going to be trained at four, my advice would be to stop with her now," Prescott added.

Runner-up Insatiable is likely to go to stud at the end of the season, but could have one more run, in the Premio Roma on November 8.

"Soft ground over there would not be a problem," Stoute said.

The trainer felt that "in another few strides" Insatiable would have won, adding: "Second is not a good place to be in a race like this."

Peslier said: "He got a crack over the head from another rider's whip and that distracted him a little. But he ran on well and it didn't cost him the race. He won a Group 2 in France last time and has shown he is still improving by running on so well."
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Oct 19, 1998
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