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Piggott shock as Cloonlara acts up.

THERE was a sensational start to the third day of Royal Ascot, when the Cork and Orrery - Stakes, won by He Loves Me. took place without hot favourite Cloonlara.

Lester Piggcut was unshipped during the preliminaries and Vincent O'Brien's filly refused point blank to enter the stalls.

This was a repeat performance by Cloonlara, who whipped round at the start of the 1,000 Guineas Trial here in April and. look no part.

Entering the final furlong the race looked between Irish challengers Bold Fantasy and Wolverlite.

But Joe Mercer brought He Laves Me with a superbly timed run well inside the final furlong, and the 20-1 chance scored in decisive1 fashion.

O'Brien said: "Cloonlara was all right in the 1.000 Guinea's, but this must have been one of her off days."

Piggott said: "She just wouldn't go into the stalls and when they tried to push her in, she slipped over and unshipped me."

He said: "The colt disappointed me in the 2.000 Guineas, but a mile is too Yar for this chap, he needs six or seven furlongs and perhaps he will go for the July-Cup."

Piggott bounced back into the winner's enclosure for his third victory of the meeting when the unbeaten two-year-old Emboss made it five on the trot in the Norfolk Stakes.

Warm favourite Deed of Gift was hard-ridden by John Matthias, but Piggott always seemed to have something in hand and held on to win by a comfortable three-quarters of a length.
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Date:Aug 4, 2007
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