Twice Over wins at Newmarket
Henry Cecil's family standard was flying proudly on the flagstaff at Warren Place in Newmarket yesterday after the trainer's charge Twice Over had continued Khaled Abdullah's annus mirabilis in the Coral-Eclipse Stakes on Saturday.
The Observatory five-year-old, who lasted home by half a length under Tom Queally at Sandown, supplied his owner-breeder with a fifth Group One victory of the season, after Special Duty's English and French 1,000 Guineas, Workforce's record-breaking Derby and Byword's Prince Of Wales's Stakes, all from different yards.
The next two top-level chances for the famous pink, green and white silks will come this week at Newmarket's summer festival, courtesy of Special Duty in the Falmouth Stakes on Wednesday and Showcasing in the July Cup on Friday.
News that Showcasing will wear blinkers for the first time in the race has brought market support.
The three-year-old has been cut to 16-1 from 25-1.
Twice Over was reported in fine fettle after Saturday’s exertions and has next month's International, sponsored by Abdullah's own Juddmonte breeding operation, at York pencilled in.
He provided a fourth Eclipse for Cecil, 41 years after the subsequent 10-times champion and legend of the Turf gave notice of what was to come by taking the prize with Wolver Hollow in his first season with a licence.
Jockeys' title race leader Paul Hanagan suffered a setback at Ayr yesterday when his prospective opening mount Cotton Spirit unseated him before the start and kicked him in the face.
Hanagan rode in the next race but stood himself down for the rest of the afternoon, but expects to ride at Ripon this evening.
“I've cracked the top of my nose,” he said. “But I should be okay.”