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Star Of Seville reigns supreme on return

By Martin Kelly

Published 18/04/2015

Royal appointment: The Queen with jockey Ryan Moore during the Dubai Duty Free Spring Trials Meeting at Newbury
Royal appointment: The Queen with jockey Ryan Moore during the Dubai Duty Free Spring Trials Meeting at Newbury

Star Of Seville put herself in the frame for a tilt at the Investec Oaks after making a winning reappearance in the Dubai Duty Free Golf World Cup EBF Stallions Conditions Stakes at Newbury.

The three-year-old was soon in control of matters up front after passing the fast-breaking Winters Moon during the early stages of the mile-and-a-quarter contest.

When asked the question by Frankie Dettori, the 4-1 shot responded positively to eventually cross the line three and a half lengths to the good of runner-up Ooty Hill and provide trainer John Gosden with the first leg of a high-quality double.

The Newmarket handler said: "We were forced into running her in this race (against the colts), but we have run fillies in it before. She is a nice filly, who is bold and strong and who has done well through the winter. She has got a great stride on her."

A trip to Royal Ascot is under consideration for Yasmeen after she completed Gosden's double with an impressive debut victory in the Colin Valley Stud Bridget Maiden Fillies' Stakes.

Ridden prominently, the Sea The Stars filly readily moved past early leader Little Prairie entering the final furlong off the seven-furlong event, before drawing two-lengths clear come the line.

Gosden said of the 7-2 winner: "This filly has done it nicely and she has just come right for it. She was very alert, which is unusual for one of mine. We will just see where we go from here, but we will give her an entry in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot."

Robot Boy smashed the course record by more than a second as he blasted his way to victory in the Dubai Duty Free Handicap Stakes.

Building on his comeback run at Musselburgh two weeks ago, the five-year-old demonstrated his useful turn of foot when staying on strongly from just off the pace to land the five-furlong event.

After getting the better of early trailblazer Noble Storm, the David Barron-trained 2-1 favourite justified his position at the head of market when winning by a length, lowering the track record of 59.24 seconds after clocking 58.44s.

Harvard Man (7-1) was too smart for his rivals after showing plenty of dash to land the Al Basti Equiworld EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes.

Racing close to the pace throughout the five furlongs, Brian Meehan's charge was sent on to win at the two-furlong marker.

The move by jockey Antonio Fresu proved to be decisive, with the youngster holding the fast-finishing Ring Of Truth - who had owner The Queen in attendance - by a short head.

Meehan said: "This fellow will go places. He has shown to be a really nice colt. I am sure he will have one more run before going to Royal Ascot."

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