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Colt beats Mill Reef record


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  • Sir Alex Ferguson’s Rock Of Gibraltar takes his seventh consecutive Group 1 win to beat Mill Reef’s record

    Rock Of Gibraltar made history in Paris on Sunday by beating mighty Mill Reef’s record with his seventh consecutive Group 1 win in the Prix du Moulin.

    The Aidan O’Brien-trained colt did it under a hands and heels ride from Mick Kinane, treating France’s brilliant filly Banks Hill with contempt. His run was momentarilychecked when the whip of Banks Hill’s jockey Richard Hughes accidentally hit him over the head.

    Rock Of Gibraltar was led in by his proud owner Sir Alex Ferguson, the Manchester United manager.

    The Moulin field was the best the Danehill colt has encountered in his sequence of seven victories. A relieved Aidan O’Brien, whose Ballydoyle stable, with the exception of Rock Of Gibraltar, has been hit by coughing, said: “He’s a truly great horse.

    “It doesn’t matter whether they gofast or slow, he can quicken up off any pace. The aim is the Breeders’ Cup Mile in Chicago, with the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot a possibility beforehand.”

    If he maintains this exceptional form Rock Of Gibraltar could easily make it nine-in-a-row. The “super-seven” consist of the Grand Criterium, Dewhurst, 2000 Guineas, Irish 2000 Guineas, St James’s Palace, Sussex and Moulin

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