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Ascot winners head for Newbury's Mill Reef Stakes

Top class racing on the card - with a touch of Madness afterwards!

Malcolm Howe



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ROYAL ASCOT winners Buratino and Waterloo Bridge are among 34 confirmations for the Group Two Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury on Dubai Duty Free Saturday on September 19.

Buratino won the Group Two Coventry Stakes at Ascot and subsequently finished third to Air Force Blue in the Group One Phoenix Stakes in Ireland, while Aien O’Brien’s Waterloo Bridge has not run since winning the five-furlong Group Two Norfolk Stakes at the same meeting.

Yorkshire trainer Mark Johnston has eight entries in the £75,000 race, including Group Two Lowther Stakes runner-up Lumiere and Listed scorer Whitman while trainer William Haggas sends out Ajaya and Raucous, the latter owed by the Highclere Thoroughbred Racing Syndidate whose Harry Herbert says: “"We were thrilled with Raucous in the Gimcrack.

“He ran very well to finish third, despite breaking slowly and being a bit green and I definitely thought he was one of those to take out of the race.”

Raucous could battle against Gimcrack Stakes runner-up Ribchester and Weatherbys Super Sprint winner Lathom, while champion trainer Richard Hannon has four possible runners, headed by the Al Shaqab Racing-owned pair of Gutaifan, runner-up in the Group One Prix Morny, and King Of Rooks.

The seven-race card will be followed by a concert starring Madness, who are returning to the course as part of their 'Grandslam Madness' UK tour and the course will be running competitions to meet the band via its social media channels in the run-up to Dubai Duty Free International Weekend.

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