Giavellotto on course for Irish Leger after memorable Newmarket success

Giavellotto on course for Irish Leger after memorable Newmarket success

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Giavellotto may not be the best horse in training but there are few racing at present that come anywhere close to Marco Botti’s five-year-old in terms of strength and physique, and the opening-day crowd at the July Festival on Thursday enjoyed a memorable spectacle as the chestnut ran away with the feature race, the Group Two Princess Of Wales’s Stakes.

The 12-furlong contest started at the other end of the Newmarket Heath and the runners were still dots in the distance at the six-furlong pole, but even then it was soon clear that Hamish, the 11-10 favourite, was beginning to labour while Giavellotto and Oisin Murphy were travelling like almost certain winners. Murphy eventually made his move just over a furlong out and Giavellotto swiftly powered three-and-a-quarter lengths clear of Arrest at the line.

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