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Equiano - Royal Ascot 15.06.10Equiano (centre) regains his King's Stand Stakes title   PICTURE: EDWARD WHITAKER  

Equiano hands quick return to Newsells Park

King's Stand Stakes (Group 1), Ascot, 6f, 3yo+

EQUIANO (5 h Acclamation - Entente Cordiale by Ela-Mana-Mou) Breeder: Ecurie Skymarc Farm in France

NEWSELLS Park Stud's recent decision to purchase a half-share in Equiano was justified in brilliant style on Tuesday when the Barry Hills-trained son of Acclamation led from start to finish to regain his King Stand's Stakes title.

Equiano landed the King's Stand Stakes two years ago for Mauricio Delcher Sanchez but since then had endured a spell in the wilderness until earlier this year.

Part owner James Acheson, who reportedly originally intended to stand Equiano at his Bridge House Stud in County Meath, acquired the colt two weeks before his 2008 Royal Ascot win after he was spotted by the late Brian Grassick.

Newsells Park Stud manager Julian Dollar said following the race: "That was really impressive, we were absolutely thrilled.

"Five furlongs now looks to be his optimum trip and it looks as though there is plenty more fun to be had with him this year over that trip. We are looking forward to standing him at Newsells next year."

One of two first crop Group1 winners by Acclamation following the Middle Park Stakes hero Dark Angel, Equiano is out of Entente Cordiale, whose sire Ela-Mana-Mou is a usual influence for stamina. He is a half-brother to two minor winners while his dam is a half-sister to the high-class hurdler Hordago.

Newsells Park also owns Entente Cordiale, who has a filly foal by Mount Nelson and is in foal to Pivotal.







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