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Kazeem's treble is so jolly for Roger; WEEKEND ROUND-UP.

AL KAZEEM confirmed his position as the poster horse for 2013 with a third consecutive Group One win in the space of six weeks in a dramatic renewal of the Coral Eclipse at Sandown.

While it appeared the greatest racehorse of Roger Charlton's career had again managed to overcome the persistent front-runner Mukhadram, Al Kazeem nonetheless hung across and hampered the eventual third in the final stages to leave trainer William Haggas fuming.

It cost jockey James Doyle a fiveday careless riding suspension (July 20-24), but the thought of partnering the likely favourite in October's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe will have lessened the blow.

Paul Hanagan resumed the same positive tactics aboard Mukhadram which had no nearly paid spectacular dividends until Al Kazeem caught him at Royal Ascot, but his rivals were wary of allowing him too much of an advantage.

Doyle and 15-8 favourite Al Kazeem had to make sure he would not be denied room as the field packed together, but initiated the battle with Mukhadram inside the final two furlongs.

With only around 100 yards to go, the winner drifted across and the check on Mukhadram's rhythm was enough to see Queen Anne winner Declaration Of War just snatch second from his grasp.

Charlton said: "I was looking back through the record books for the last time Beckhampton (his historic Wiltshire stable) won the Eclipse, through the likes of Noel Murless, but it was back in 1926 through Fred Darling's Coronach, who also won the Derby and the St Leger.

"This gives me a lot of pleasure as we, and his owner John Deer, have had to wait with him.

"Winning the Derby with Quest For Fame was great and we've had horses like Sanglamore and Cityscape, but this horse is already rated 126 and is the best horse I've trained.

"He looks like he should be a good horse and he has shown terrific bravery."

Deer, a keen rugby fan who had enjoyed watching the Lions' historic victory over Australia, said: "It had been a great day already.

"I hope this horse turns out to be the best horse bred in Wales."

Yesterday saw another potential Arc candidate strut his stuff as Andre Fabre's French Derby hero Intello claimed a straightforward success in the Prix Messidor at Maisons-Laffitte.

The win came over a mile and served as a prep for the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville on August 11, after which a decision will be made on his participation in the Arc.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 8, 2013
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