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Racing: KATIE CARRIES ON REGARDLESS; Noseda ace is looking simply grand.

Byline: GARRY OWEN

CARRY ON KATIE will head into winter quarters disputing favouritism for next year's 1000 Guineas after showing plenty of fighting spirit to take the Sky Bet Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket.

The feisty Jeremy Noseda-trained filly went down to post 15 minutes before her rivals as connections sought to keep her energies for the race rather than the parade ring.

And the plan worked to perfection as the 13-8 favourite kept enough up her sleeve to withstand the late flourish of Majestic Desert for a short-head verdict.

Frankie Dettori took the winner into the lead after a furlong and a half of the Group One contest and the pair soon had most of their rivals at work as they set a testing gallop.

Well-backed French raider Much Faster travelled strongly for a long way but faded rapidly on the quick ground as Majestic Desert came out of the pack to challenge.

The 16-1 chance was closing all the way to the line but could never quite overhaul the leader, while third-placed Badminton was another doing all her best work at the finish.

Having been purchased earlier in the season by Mohammed Rashid, a friend of the Maktoum family, Carry on Katie's future career may well be under the Godolphin banner.

But Noseda insisted that whatever happens, he was still delighted to have done the job and kept her unbeaten record intact at the highest level.

``I am delighted. It was a game effort as she put her head down and got on with the job, '' he said. ``If she goes to Godolphin then I hope she does well and if she comes back to me I will be delighted.''

Carry On Katie now heads the betting with some firms for the 1000 Guineas Dettori said: ``She switched off in the race and was fighting all the way, which are good signs for her getting a mile. This filly has the talent to be a very serious contender next year.''

Pat Eddery may be due to retire at the end of the season but he is riding as well as ever and he helped Jamie Osborne achieve his first Pattern-race success as a trainer when he gave Milk It Mick a tremendous ride to win the Somerville Tattersall Stakes.

Frizzante didn't have the luck of the draw in either the Steward's Cup or the Ayr Gold Cup, but everything fell into place in the Lone Star Park Fillies' Rated Stakes and she won easily under a confident ride from Jamie Spencer.

THE field for Sunday's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe stands at 16 after yesterday's forfeit stage. All the leading contenders stood their ground.

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TREBLE TOPS: Carry On Katie and Frankie Dettori land the hat-trick from Majestic Desert at Newmarket
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Oct 3, 2003
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