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Twice returns a poor blood count.

Byline: Jon Lees and Turia Tellwright

A THIRD reason for Twice Over's defeat in the Dante Stakes emerged yesterday, when connections revealed the colt to have returned a poor blood count in the wake of Thursday's race at York, write Jon Lees and Turia Tellwright.

Trainer Henry Cecil pinpointed the distance, rather than the fast ground - which some observers had felt counted against Twice Over - as a contributory factor to his colt's third-placed finish.

However, owner Prince Khalid Abdullah's racing manager Teddy Grim Thorpe said yesterday: "His blood is a little bit off. We will see how he is."

Twice Over's next two engagements are Saturday's Irish 2,000 Guineas and the Derby two weeks later, but Royal Ascot, where the colt is entered in the St James's Palace Stakes and King Edward VII Stakes, may now be a more likely step.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:May 18, 2008
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