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Al Kazeem rolls back the years
24 May 2015 16:04
Popular veteran Al Kazeem clinched another Group One prize in a thrilling renewal of the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh.
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The Roger Charlton-trained seven-year-old claimed the first of three top-level victories in this event two years ago and returned from an unsuccessful stint at stud almost as good as ever last season, going down narrowly in the Champion Stakes at Ascot.
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Having made a winning reappearance at Longchamp before being denied by Cirrus Des Aigles in the Prix Ganay, Al Kazeem was sent off at 3-1 on his return to Ireland and raced with his usual enthusiasm throughout in the hands of James Doyle.
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Postponed employed a front-running role from the outset, with fellow British raiders The Grey Gatsby and Al Kazeem his closest pursuers.
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Heading inside the last two furlongs, Al Kazeem appeared short of room as he angled for a gap between runners, but he bravely went through it to get to the lead.
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For a moment it looked as though Fascinating Rock was being produced to foil the raiding party, but Al Kazeem held him off under a jubilant Doyle, who was winning the race for the third successive year.
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Postponed was close-up in third, with 11-10 favourite The Grey Gatsby fourth.
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