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Racing: ROYAL ASCOT SPECIAL RAKTI GLORY; Powerscourt & O'Brien miss out to Jarvis star.

Byline: CHRIS BEECH

RAKTI used sheer brute force to deny Irish raider Powerscourt in in the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot yesterday.

Second in the race at 50-1 last year, the Michael Jarvis-trained five-year-old made no mistake this time round.

Powering to the front shortly after the turn for home he quickly put distance between himself and his rivals as he went on to win by two lengths from Aidan O'Brien's 9-2 shot.

Jarvis admitted: "I might look calm but this is quite a relief. He has been very switched off in his work, not going with his usual freedom."

Powerscourt's trainer O'Brien said: "He ran and travelled real well. We have plenty of options for him as he is a very versatile horse.

He usually takes his races well and he doesn't mind fast ground, but you don't know what effect it has had on them until a couple of days after."PETER O'HEHIR PREVIEW: PAGES 2 & 3

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ASCOT PRINCE: Rakti and Philip Robinson go clear of Powerscourt and Jamie Spencer yesterday
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 17, 2004
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