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  • 15:55 Seamus & Rosemary McGrath Memorial Saval Beg Stakes 1m 6f

  • (Listed) €47,500 added 4yo+ 8 ran
  • Winner €30,875 2nd €9,025 3rd €4,275 4th €1,424
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf
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  • Winning time: 2m 58.66s
  • Off time: 15:55:44

Beg for Fame And Glory

Fame And Glory on target for Royal Ascot after Saval Beg success

Last Updated: 29/05/11 5:10pm

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Fame And Glory won the Listed Saval Beg Stakes.

Fame And Glory won the Listed Saval Beg Stakes.

Fame And Glory cemented his Ascot Gold Cup claims with victory in the Seamus & Rosemary McGrath Memorial Saval Beg Stakes at Leopardstown.

The Aidan O'Brien trained colt was gaining his second Listed success of the season in a race that has a rich history with Media Puzzle, Vinnie Roe and, of course, Yeats amongst the recent winners.

However, the five year old colt had to work hard for his narrow victory and only had about half a length in hand of Vivacious Vivienne and Rite Of Passage at the line.

Fame And Glory was travelling noticeably well turning for home and Jamie Spencer took a loook over his shoulder passing the two pole but he failed to pull clear of his rivals when asked to quicken.

Spencer had to get serious with the son of Montjeu but he always looked to be doing just enough and was well enough on top at the line in this 14 furlong contest.

Fame And Glory now looks certain to try and follow in the footsteps of Yeats, who earned a popular place in racegoer's hearts with a series of top performances in the Cup races, in heading to the Ascot Gold Cup.

He has some way to go to match the achievements of his illustrious former stablemate who created history in winning the staying contest at the Royal meeting on a record four occasions.

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O'Brien said: "He had to fight for it. They went a solid gallop and he is a courageous horse.

"The plan was if everything went well here, the Ascot Gold Cup is his next stop. He has a good chance of getting the two and a half miles, he didn't look like he was stopping at the line here, he looked like he still had more left.

"That was the longest trip he ever went today."

Vivacious Vivienne ran a career best by some considerable way and ran on well to take second ahead of Rite Of Passage.

Last year's Ascot Gold Cup winner was expected to need this first run in almost a year by trainer Dermot Weld and will have pleased connections in keeping on well to the line having come under pressure some way from home.

Weld said of Rite Of Passage: "I'm very happy with that run, he ran a very creditable race."

Sky Bet left the winner unchanged at 5-2 favourite with doubts remaining about the suitability of the two and a half mile trip at the Royal Meeting but they were suitably impressed with the return of Rite Of Passage to cut last year's winner to 11-4 from 4s.

Boylesports and Coral also go 5-2 about Fame And Glory whilst Victor Chandler left him unchanged at 11-4.

The latter firm and Coral went 7-2 about Rite Of Passage with Boylesports quoting the third at 3-1.

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