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Early birds tuning into Channel 4's Morning Line may well have cleaned up on 25-1 long-shot Mujahid in the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket yesterday.

Their guest was Simon Crisford, racing manager to Sheikh Mohammad, who revealed there was a very strong whisper for the largely unconsidered John Dunlop colt.

Frankie Dettori's mount Lujain dropped away tamely as Auction House and Enrique were joined at the furlong marker by hightly-touted Stravinsky - the subject of a single pounds 80,000 wager - and the eventual winner.

But it was Mujahid who stuck his neck out for a two-length triumph over 20- 1 shot Auction House.

Ladbrokes laid several bets at their 40-1 morning price after Crisford's sensational advice, although his chance wasn't very obvious on the form book after a poor effort in the Gimcrack Stakes.

Dunlop said: "It was too firm for Mujahid at York last time but he has always been our best two-year-old.

"A mile could be his limit so the 2000 Guineas would be the obvious early- season target."

Winning jockey Richard Hills, who picked up a two-day ban for careless riding, said: "I hadn't ridden him but had heard some very good gallop reports."

The final pieces of the winter Classic puzzle should be in place after next Saturday's Racing Post Trophy.

Likely favourite is Commander Collins, named after part-owner Tony Collins from Troon, and the colt has shown immense promise in his two starts.

Ladbrokes make Godolphin ace Aljabr their 6-1 2000 Guineas favourite with Mujahid and Stravinsky bracketed at 10-1.

On a star-studded card at HQ yesterday, Yorkshire-based Scot Mark Johnston saddled an amazing one-two with Spirit Of Love (11-1) and Etterby Park (14-1) in the Tote Cesarewitch.

Spirit Of Love's big white blaze, not dissimilar to superstar stablemate Double Trigger, was easily picked out as he joined Etterby Park at the two furlong pole before pulling clear.

Olivier Peslier was able to coast home in the final 100 yards as the Frenchman supplemented his earlier success on Decorated Hero in a thrilling three- way photo finish to the Compass Group Challenge Stakes.

John Gosden's six-year-old has to be delivered late and Peslier played his part to perfection, launching Decorated Hero with a final thrust to collar Kahal and Lovers Knot in the shadow of the post.

Kahal was subsequently demoted to third behind Lovers Knot for causing interference in the last furlong and errant Dettori was handed a two-day suspension.

Dettori, who also had the leg-up on big Cesarewitch flop San Sebastian, was all the rage among his legion of fans to dig them out of troubler on favourite Daylami in the Champion Stakes.

But it wasn't to be his day as Alborada and unlucky-in-running Insatiable fought out the finish.
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Date:Oct 18, 1998
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