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Mogul to rule for O'Brien at Doncaster

Aidan O'Brien
Aidan O'Brien

By Ashley Iveson

Mogul is expected to provide Aidan O'Brien with a 10th victory in the Vertem Futurity Trophy at Doncaster.

The Ballydoyle handler is just one short of the record set by the late and great Sir Henry Cecil - and having been responsible for 11 of the 12 contenders for this year's renewal at the confirmation stage, he has whittled his team down to five.

Mogul appears very much the first string and is priced up accordingly, but it is not difficult to see why. There has been market confidence behind the son of Galileo on each of his three starts - and while favourite-backers had their fingers burnt after he was beaten into second on his Gowran debut, he has recouped the losses of those who kept the faith with successive wins.

After opening his account in some style at the Curragh in late August, Mogul took a step up to Group Two level in his stride on Irish Champions Weekend at Leopardstown a fortnight later.

He fully merits today's move into Group One company and has proved he stays the mile on an easy surface, so there is much to like.

Indianapolis can notch a third win of the season for James Given in the Vertem Very Different Stockbrokers Handicap.

Formerly trained in Ireland by O'Brien, the four-year-old opened his account for his new connections on Shergar Cup day at Ascot during the summer - but struggled on his next start on fast ground at York before rediscovering the winning trail at Leicester earlier in the month.

Just a week after running an excellent race in defeat on British Champions Day at Ascot, Royal Line is likely to take plenty of stopping in the Victoria Club Stakes at Newbury.

CHELMSFORD: 4.50 Lyricist Voice, 5.25 Catapult, 6.00 Nawar, 6.30 Harbour Vision, 7.00 Promote, 7.30 Mongolia, 8.00 Cheer The Title, 8.30 Dyagilev.

CHELTENHAM: 2.00 The Young Master, 2.35 Quel Destin, 3.10 Marracudja, 3.45 Tobefair, 4.20 The Butcher Said, 4.55 Pym, 5.30 Barbados Buck's.

DONCASTER: 1.45 Art Power, 2.15 Lost In Time, 2.55 Indianapolis, 3.25 MOGUL (NAP), 4.00 Tarboosh, 4.35 Flying Pursuit, 5.10 Reloaded.

GALWAY: 2.05 Fassbender, 2.40 Zambezir, 3.15 Tigris River, 3.50 Even Flight, 4.25 Razoul, 5.00 Muroor, 5.35 Lovely Moon.

KELSO: 1.20 Pogue, 1.50 Benny's Secret, 2.25 Prince Dundee, 3.00 Vintage Clouds, 3.35 Paris Protocol, 4.10 Middlebrow, 4.40 Temple Man, 5.15 Get Help.

LEOPARDSTOWN: 1.20 Bestrella, 1.55 Paradiso, 2.30 Flower Garland, 3.05 Finoah, 3.40 Mean Fomhair, 4.15 Dawn Rising, 4.50 Halimi, 5.20 Dalileo.

NEWBURY: 1.40 Smokey Bear, 2.20 Royal Line, 2.50 Kinross, 3.20 Annie De Vega, 3.55 Separate, 4.30 Majestic Dawn, 5.05 Peace Prevails, 5.35 Percy Prosecco.

DOUBLE: Mogul and Royal Line.

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