Casper captures Mill Reef glory at Newbury

Casper Netscher was the convincing winner of Newbury Racecourse’s feature race on 17 September, The Group 2 Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes.

Jockey Kieren Fallon dropped in the son of Dutch Art in during the early stages of the race, who then displayed impressive acceleration to burst to the front, holding off Redcat in second and former Newbury listed winner Saigon in third. Casper Netscher was defying a penalty for his win in the Gimcrack Stakes at York in August and post race his trainer Alan Macabe indicated that a trip to the Breeder Cup could be a consideration.  

Above: Frankie Dettori flies home onboard Deacon Blues to win the Group 3 Dubai International Airport World Trophy at Newbury Races.
Above: Modern British Pentathlete Heather Fell compares notes with leading flat Jockey Richard Hughes on their respective sports on day two of Dubai Duty Free International Weekend at Newbury Races.

The win gave the former Champion Jockey Kieren Fallon a quick double, with Green Destiny, trained by William Haggis taking the second race the Dubai Duty Free Arc Trial.  Post race connections indicated that he will be aimed at the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot next month.

Under a confident ride from Frankie Dettori, Deacon Blues further stamped himself as leading contender amongst the sprinter ranks, when winning the Group 3 Dubai International Airport World Trophy. Trained by James Fanshawe, Deacon Blues was notching his fourth victory of the season, with the Wokingham Stakes, the Group 3 Shadwell Stakes and the Group 3 Phoenix Stakes forming his 2011 roll of honour. The flying Italian also left the Berkshire track with a double with Mighty Ambition winning the opener for his retained stable, Godolphin.

Fresh from the World Championships in Moscow, British Modern Pentathlete Heather Fell was enjoying the action on day two of Dubai Duty Free International Weekend, with the sponsor celebrating fifteen years supporting the fixture. Heather, from Tavistock, Somerset, who won silver at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, commented;

“I have had a fantastic day at Newbury Races, I am currently on a break, so it’s great to be able to relax and enjoy a fantastic day of sport before I begin training again in preparation to hopefully compete at the Olympics in London next August”.

Pictured top: Casper Netscher eases clear of his rivals to win the Group 2 Dubai Duty Fee Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury Races (17/9/11).

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