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  • 15:00 Emirates Airline Champion Stakes 1m 2f

  • (group 1) £376,500 added 3yo+ 10 ran
  • Winner £213,739 2nd £81,023 3rd £40,549 4th £20,218
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf
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  • Winning time: 2m 8.54s
  • Off time: 15:07:38

Twice Over The Champion Again

Last Updated: 16/10/10 6:03pm

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Twice Over wins a second consecutive Champion Stakes.

Twice Over wins a second consecutive Champion Stakes.

Twice Over will again be aimed at the Dubai World Cup after completing back-to-back victories in the Emirates Airline Champion Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.

Trained by Henry Cecil and ridden by Tom Queally, Twice Over completed a memorable afternoon for the Warren Place team after their earlier victory with Frankel in the Dewhurst.

Twice Over was sent off the 7-2 second-favourite and the result barely looked in doubt after he kicked for home, with Vision D'Etat back in second and long-time leader Debussy third.

Debussy set the early pace but William Buick took the field along at a sedate rate, which did not help Godolphin's Poet's Voice who refused to settle at all in second.

There were plenty of others racing keenly in behind too but Twice Over was always swinging along nicely for Queally, who made his move over a furlong out.

Debussy tried his best to hang on but Twice Over had far too much ammunition and it was left to 3-1 favourite Vision D'Etat to chase him down.

However, the French raider had no reply to Cecil's charge who came home a length and three-quarters clear with a further three-quarters of a length back to Debussy.

Queally said: "Henry gets them here 100% right and my job is easy. It's worked out today, it's been amazing.

"This horse has had a lot of near-misses and it's great he's come up trumps today. It's great for the horse and great for Henry. It's a magnificent day.

"It's a privilege to ride horses like this."

Cecil added "I was very pleased with him going into it and it's lovely when things go right.

"He'll have a nice rest now and hopefully we'll have a go at the Dubai World Cup again. It's a race I'd like to win for the Prince (Khalid Abdullah, owner)."

"It's a lovely feeling. A few years ago on this day I was at Catterick.

"It's so lovely for the Prince - if it wasn't for him I probably wouldn't be here now.

"He's my favourite horse and will stay in training next year. He's got a lovely head and beautiful long ears. I wish I had a few more like him as he is a lovely person."

Eric Libaud, trainer of Vision D'Etat, thought the ground had gone against his charge.

He said: "He had a good run throughout the race. He was just behind the winner, but when he quickened, Vision D'Etat could not. He cannot act so well on sticky ground."

Debussy could now be Breeders' Cup-bound according to John Gosden.

"He ran a good race but was plainly beaten by two better horses on both ratings and performance," Gosden said.

"We said after his last race that we would freshen him up for this with a view to going next to Churchill Downs.

"That is still the plan - just ask someone to make it rain out there!"

Fourth-placed Gitano Hernando is also set to make the trip to America.

Trainer Marco Botti said: "The lack of pace did not help us. We were then sat in a good position but William Buick on Debussy came across us and stopped us in our run. We could not quicken again then off that slow pace.

"He has handled the turf well. Mr Barber, the horse's owner, will decide but we are likely to be heading for the Breeders' Cup, possibly for the Classic."

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