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Conduit - King George - Ascot - 25.07.2009

 A 50th Group 1 winner for Ballymacoll: Conduit goes clear in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, sponsored by Betfair

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker  

Ballymacoll one-two
in the King George

AFTER much discussion through the week leading up to the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes regarding the likely outcome between the Sir Michael Stoute-trained and Ballymacoll-bred pair of runners, Conduit and Tartan Bearer, the result was a perfect one-two.

Conduit beat Tartan Bearer by a length and three-quarters. The third home was Stoute's third runner, the Sadler's Wells colt Ask, who is owned by Patrick Fahey and was bred by Side Hill Stud.

The race result was described as a "great thrill" by the trainer who went on to say how very proud he is of thethree horses.

The Stoute trio swooped past the  pacemaker in the home straight, leaving the rest of the field for dead. After the three played cat and mouse in the home straight, the tough Conduit asserted within the last half furlong.

It was a third Group 1 success for Conduit after his victories in last season's St Leger and Breeders' Cup Turf.

He is from the first crop of the Darshaan sire Dalakhani, who  has three crops of racing age, and is out of the mare Well Head, a daughter of Sadler's Wells – making another triumph for the successful Darshaan/Sadler's Wells cross.

Ballymacoll Stud has bred 27 individual Group 1 winners, who have won 50 races. Stoute has trained 10 of those winners, and won 19 Group 1 races for the stud.





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