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Seal Of Approval to stamp authority

By Martin Kelly

Seal Of Approval can right a significant wrong when she reports for duty in the DFS Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster.

James Fanshawe's filly endured a nightmare run in the race last year, falling after clipping heels with another horse a furlong out and giving Hayley Turner a nasty injury in the process.

George Baker is now in the plate and Seal Of Approval appears to be returning to her best just in time to take a starring role on Town Moor.

The five-year-old went on to score in an Ascot Group One after her Doncaster tumble, but she has not been in the same form this term, with her unplaced effort in the Lancashire Oaks back in July particularly disappointing.

However, she showed signs of a revival when third behind Seismos at Newbury, with the presence of Baker in the saddle appearing to make all the difference.

While she has yet to prove her stamina over this near one mile seven furlong trip, Fanshawe clearly thinks she will get the distance as he tries for a second time to strike Doncaster gold.

Joyeuse found Group One company tough going last time but can get back on track in the Japan Racing Association Sceptre Stakes.

Tony McCoy's great run of form continued with yet another treble, this time at Uttoxeter where he won on Deadly Sting, Midnight Oscar and Ever So Much.

The victory on Ever So Much was the prolific Ulsterman's fourth successive win on the horse in the space of just a fortnight.

McCoy, who turned 40 in May, is closing in on his 20th successive champion jockey title.

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