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Icon building on his St Leger success.

Byline: By Tom Peacock

Sixties Icon looks ready to buck the trend of some lacklustre St Leger winners after an inspiring re-appearance at Newmarket.

Many of those on the recent roll of honour of Britain's oldest Classic have amounted to little if kept in training, but Jeremy Noseda can ink in all the top middle-distance events to his colt's diary.

Sixties Icon (5-2) was one of the more impressive Leger heroes and although he disappointed in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, he had plenty in hand over four fair performers in the Jockey Club Stakes.

Mighty set a sedate gallop, while winning rider Frankie Dettori was keen to speed proceedings up, shadowing him, and only had to shake his mount up to pull three lengths clear.

Admiral's Cruise ran a respectable race in second and may go for the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot, but 9-4 favourite Papal Bull hardly figured in fourth.

Noseda reported: "It was a nice return to the racetrack. He'll improve a lot from the race and was at least 7lb away from peak fitness."

The trainer had misgivings about the going on the Rowley Mile and held fire with a firm decision to run Sixties Icon until the last moment.

"He would prefer good ground," he said. "I walked the course and felt it was safe and that it wouldn't do him any harm.

"The plan has always been to go to the Coronation Cup and I always wanted to run him today as long as the ground was right.

"He's done the job well and we go to the Coronation."

Coral cut Sixties Icon to 8-1 from 14s for the King George, with Cashmans reducing his Arc odds to 12-1 from 20s.

Aidan O'Brien unleashed another developing superstar in the Stan James Maiden Stakes, an event he plundered with a certain George Washington two years ago.

Achilles Of Troy is his name and the 7-4 favourite, third on his debut, obliterated his rivals by five lengths for Christophe Soumillon and is likely to head to Royal Ascot.

"He looks a nice horse," said the Ballydoyle handler. "He was always quick but was very green the first day at Naas. I don't think five or six furlongs would bother him."

David Nicholls monopolised a substandard-looking Stan James Palace House Stakes, sending out the winner Tax Free (11-8 favourite), who pipped stablemate Peace Offering by a short head.

Paul Hanagan's woes continued as he was handed a second careless riding offence for his handling of Peace Offering (May 22-23), adding to the five-day ban given for the same reason on Saturday.

In the week Faberge commissioned limited edition eggs of Ed Dunlop's 2004 Vodafone Oaks winner Ouija Board, her trainer hatched another Epsom candidate in Dalvina.

The 5-2 joint-favourite bounded away from her market rival Sudoor in the Pretty Polly Stakes.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 7, 2007
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