Hurricane Lane was the big winner at Doncaster racecourse yesterday
Hurricane Lane was the big winner at Doncaster racecourse yesterday

Hurricane Lane eases to St Leger success

Hurricane Lane was an impressive winner of the St Leger at Doncaster on Saturday, claiming the final British Classic of the season by two and three-quarter lengths.

The Charlie Appleby-trained three-year-old was sent off as the favourite on Town Moor and he was ridden with restraint by jockey William Buick through the early exchanges.

But there was little doubt of who was going to prevail during the final furlong, with the Irish Derby and Grand Prix de Paris winner finishing well clear of Mojo Star in second and The Mediterranean in third.

Appleby has now suggested a run in next month's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at ParisLongchamp could be the Godolphin-owned colt's next port of call.

St Mark's Basilica lands Leopardstown prize

St Mark's Basilica won a pulsating renewal of the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on Saturday.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained three-year-old, who had missed last month's Juddmonte International at York due to a setback, showed plenty of class to edge out Group One winners in Tarnawa and Poetic Flare in the mile-and-a-quarter showpiece.

It is the latest notable win for St Mark's Basilica this season, as he has also triumphed in the French 2000 Guineas and French Derby, with O'Brien admitting all options are now open to the Galileo colt.

He said: "He has all the options, he can go back to a mile or go a mile-and-a-quarter. All those races have to be there.

"He did well to get back here after York and we'll see how he is after this."

Glorious Journey leads Appleby one-two in Park Stakes

It was a successful Saturday for trainer Charlie Appleby
It was a successful Saturday for trainer Charlie Appleby

There was a one-two for trainer Charlie Appleby in the Cazoo Park Stakes at Doncaster on Saturday, as Glorious Journey edged out stablemate D'bai.

Glorious Journey was the pick of jockey William Buick for the seven-furlong contest and he never looked in trouble once he took up the lead well over a furlong out from the finish.

D'bai, under the guide of James Doyle, did offer some resistance but Glorious Journey prevailed by a length and a quarter, with Laneqash coming in third for trainer Roger Varian. 

Appleby was certainly pleased with the efforts of Glorious Journey and D'bai and he has revealed both horses could now run in the Prix de la Foret at ParisLongchamp early next month.

Winter Power primed for Group One repeat

Jockey Silvestre de Sousa believes Winter Power can double her Group One tally by winning Sunday's Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes at the Curragh.

Winter Power claimed her maiden success at the highest level with victory in last month's Nunthorpe Stakes at York, with the Tim Easterby-trained filly holding off the challenge of subsequent Sprint Cup winner Emaraaty Ana that day.

De Sousa was in the saddle for that success on the Knavesmire and he sees no reason why the duo cannot enjoy a repeat performance on Sunday.

The Brazilian said: "If she turns up in the same form she was at York, she should be competitive anyway. She's entitled to be there."

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