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Approach to hit International heights.

Byline: By ARGUS

New Approach can win the battle of the generations in the rescheduled Juddmonte International at Newmarket.

The 10-furlong mid-summer highlight has been saved after York turned into a quagmire this week and as no three-year-old turned up in the King George, we will finally get to see how good the Classic generation are against their elders.

There is no doubting that Duke Of Marmalade is a formidable opponent for the Derby winner but NewApproach has the benefit of coming into the race a fresher horse.

Aidan O'Brien's superstar may have rattled off four Group One victories in a row this season, culminating in the King George, but Papal Bull pushed him all the way and he had a very hard race.

In contrast, New Approach has had a break since Epsom and although that absence was partly due to an injury, the Montjeu colt will be a rejuvenated runner.

This may also turn out to be his best trip even though he has yet to run over it.

Raven's Pass can gain an overdue success in the totesport Celebration Mile at Good wood.

He has banged his head against the brick wall that is Henrythenavigator on more then one occasion this season and last time in the Sussex Stakes he nearly got the better of his exalted rival.

John Gosden's three-year-old needs to come from off the pace and in this small field he may find that tricky.

But he is quite simply in a different league to these rivals.

The Ladbrokes Great Voltigeur Stakes, a major trial for the St Leger, has been rescued from York also and takes place at Good wood.

Sir Michael Stoute has a fine record in this race, even if he has yet to win the Leger itself, and Patkai should have no trouble taking this.

Faraway Flower is bred in the purple and she looks a likely type in the totes winger Prestige Stakes.

It is a big jump to Group Three class here but Barry Hills is not known to tilt at windmills and she deserves the utmost respect.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 23, 2008
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