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Epsom winner Harzand had to
dig deep to win the Dubai Duty Free
Irish Derby at the Curragh, yester-
The Investec Derby form came to
the fore as Epsom third Idaho went
upsides Harzand in the run for the
line, but the winner battled well
under Pat Smullen to hold on by
half a length from Aidan O Brien s
challenger. Jim Bolger s Stellar Mass
ran on for third. Dermot Weld
employed a pacemaker in Ebediyin
and he did his job, forcing a good
gallop in the early stages although
he was largely ignored.
Harzand sat off him in a promi-
nent position throughout and he
was well placed when asked to go
and win the race in the straight.
Idaho mounted a really strong
challenge under Ryan Moore, but
Harzand, just as he did at Epsom
when US Army Ranger loomed up
on the outside, pulled out more for
Smullen said: "He s such a great
horse, he s got such courage and
determination. Ryan (Moore, on
Idaho) came with one good deter-
mined run, I needed this horse to
good is he?
"This matches Epsom, in front of
our home crowd.
"The pressure was on and we
pulled it off." Dermot Weld "Those
two horses really picked up and
quickened. Idaho is a high-class
horse, he s always been that and he
was at his best today. It was a great
day, a great ride---a special day. It
was a proper horse race."
Smullen went on: "He s a dual
Derby winner now. He s so coura-
geous. You can give horses good
rides, bad rides - but when they re
as good as this lad and they re as
determined as this horse it just
makes it easy. There s no knowing
where this horse will end up.
"He s so tough and he s not just
tough, he s got pace. He s a very,
very good horse and I d love to think
he d be an Arc horse."
Weld said: "I knew Aidan would
have his horse better than at Epsom
so I knew our horse had to be better
than at Epsom to win again.
"He ran a magnificent race. He
showed the speed that he has today.
People were saying he didn t have
speed, well you saw it today.
"Those two horses really picked
up and quickened. Idaho is a high-
class horse, he s always been that
and he was at his best today. It was
a great day, a great ride - a special
day. It was a proper horse race.
"He ll have a good break now and
we ll train him for the Arc."
The son of Sea The Stars
remained unchanged with Sky Bet
at 6-1 second-favourite for the Prix
de l Arc de Triomphe behind 5-1
market leader Postponed. Coral cut
Weld s star to 5-1 (from 7-1) for the
King George VI And Queen Elizabeth
Stakes, for which Postponed is the
Weld added: "I was concerned
because he had a very hard race at
Epsom. We always knew he was
very tough, but he had to be 110 per
cent today. "This is a very very spe-
cial race and I ve been enjoying it
since I was a child. I ve been for-
tunate enough to win it three times
Winning owner the Aga Khan
said: "This horse is very good. It s
a wonderful family and we checked
him with all our mares and he ll
mate very well with them, so we re
looking forward to when he goes to
stud and we ll be right behind him.
"Things are shaping up very well.
I m not sure we really know his lim-
its. Neither at Epsom nor here, I
don t think we ve seen the best of
this horse, he can do more."
Harzand completes Derby double
Harzand stretches clear of Idaho to claim another Classic.
Encryption rallied four wide
around the final turn and prevailed
in a stretch-long duel with the
favored Majestic Affair to win the
$100,000 Turning for Home
Stakes by a neck at Parx Racing
It was the second career stakes
win for Encryption, a 5-year-old
son of Exchange Rate, who won the
$150,000 Bayern Stakes at the sub-
urban Philadelphia track last Sep-
tember. With Nik Jaurez riding him
for the first time yesterday, Encryp-
tion settled into fourth place early
as longshot Saffron Hall led the
bunched-up field of five 3-year-
olds and up through a quarter-mile
in 24.60 seconds and a half-mile
in 48.86, with Majestic Affair track-
ing him in second. Majestic Affair
took aim at the leader on the second
turn, and Encryption was briefly
last in the field as Juarez angled him
out four wide and asked him for
Encryption and Majestic Affair
hit the top of the lane together, with
Encryption sticking his head in front
and never relinquishing his lead as
the pair battled to the wire. The
final time for one mile and 70 yards
over a fast track was 1:43.28;
Encryption paid $7.20 as the third
Majestic Affair finished 1 1/2
lengths ahead of Saffron Hall, who
was followed by Adirondack King
and Etruscan. Majestic Affair was
favored after running in three con-
secutive graded events, including a
second-place finish in the Grade 3
General George Stakes at Laurel Park
in February and a third-place finish
in the Grade 2 Alysheba Stakes at
Churchill Downs on May 6. Encryp-
tion, trained by Kelly Breen for
Stoneway Farm, has won five of 17
starts and has earned $383,570. He s
run in five graded stakes, with his
best finish a second in the Grade 3
Pegasus Stakes as a 3-year-old at
Monmouth Park in June 2014.
Trainer Lynch reinstated
ELMONT, NY---The New York state
racing license of Brian Lynch has
been conditionally reinstated, and
he is free to resume training his
horses stabled at Belmont Park and
Lynch tested positive for mari-
juana when administered a drug
test by the New York State Gaming
Commission earlier this month.
After meeting with gaming-com-
mission officials, he turned in his
New York training license June 8.
No rulings were issued against
Lynch, and he has had starters at
Woodbine and Monmouth while
unable to run horses in New York.
Lynch was at Monmouth Park yes-
terday to run Bureau De Change in
the Grade 3 Eatontown Stakes.
During Lynch s absence, his New
York horses were turned over to
Erin Cotterill, his assistant trainer
In a conversation with Lynch yes-
terday, it was obvious he wanted to
put this embarrassing situation
behind him. He said he had taken
another drug test administered by
the gaming commission, had tested
clean, and that his license had been
reinstated. He planned to enter
horses at Belmont on Sunday for
next Thursday s card. Lee Park, the
director of communications for the
New York State Gaming Commis-
sion, while declining to go into detail
on the matter, said Lynch "is able
to participate" in New York racing.
Lynch operates a large stable and
has horses at Belmont, Saratoga,
and Woodbine. He confirmed yes-
terday that he plans to run his unde-
feated 3-year-old filly Lightstream
in the Grade 1, $300,000 Mother
Goose at Belmont on July 2 and that
he would be pointing Private Zone
for the Grade 3, $400,000 Belmont
Sprint Championship on July 9.
Private Zone had been entered to
run in the Grade 2, $250,000 True
North at Belmont on June 10 but
had to be scratched after Lynch
turned in his trainer s license.
AMERICAN RACING NEWS
ENGLISH RACING NEWS
Encryption by a neck in Turning for Home Stakes
Antiquarium came from the
clouds to mug Seamour close
home and win a thrilling
renewal of the John Smith s
Northumberland Plate at New-
Seamour looked set to give
local trainer Brian Ellison a cher-
ished victory in the prestigious
heritage handicap---run on Tape-
ta for the first time---when set-
ting sail for home in the hands
of Ben Curtis well over a furlong
Antiquarium (16-1) had plenty
to do as Seamour built up a big
lead, but the Charlie Appleby-
trained four-year-old found an
extra gear for James McDonald
to burst out of the pack and nail
the leader 50 yards from the line.
Seamour (13-2 favourite) had
to settle for second place, beaten
a length and a quarter, with
Nearly Caught (16-1) taking third
spot for the second year running,
two and a quarter lengths away.
Moscato (14-1) was fourth.
New Zealander McDonald
said: "I m thrilled to ride in a
big race for Godolphin and
Sheikh Mohammed, it s a big
team effort and I m the lucky
recipient to be on top.
"Maybe there s a good one in
mind in early November (Mel-
bourne Cup). I m sure he will,
he showed a really good turn of
foot which we like Down Under.
"He had a turn of foot like a
miler and has plenty of pace.
"Hopefully he goes the right
James Ferguson, assistant
trainer, said: "James gave him a
wonderful ride, he didn t panic
when he was a long way back
and obviously knew what he was
"He d been on the all-weather
before, never over that trip but
he saw it out really well.
"We re really chuffed, it s a
huge team effort at home.
"We ll see what the handicap-
per does but there s a £100,000
open handicap at Goodwood that
looks the next logical step."
Ellison said of the runner-up:
"He probably went too early, but
he had so much horse under-
neath him. He was going too
"It does show we have a really
good horse on our hands. He ll
go for either the Ebor or the
Lonsdale (at York in August).
That s where he ll go next.
"I ve always thought he was
a Group horse and he s grown
up since last year.
"We had him right on the day."
Antiquarium snatches plate
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