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VIDEO: Royal reigns with September success
on 07 September 2019
The regally-related son of Dubawi has an Irish St Leger entry but may remain at 12 furlongs instead; Streamline was a first pattern winner for Hector Crouch; Kasbaan landed the £70,000 handicap

ROYAL Line got his career back on track when giving trainer John Gosden back-to-back victories in the Group 3 Sun Racing September Stakes at Kempton on Saturday.

Having sent out dual Arc winner Enable to claim the contest on her seasonal return 12 months ago, the Newmarket trainer saw the prize head his way once again as the son of Dubawi made his first start on the all-weather a triumphant one.

The 6/1 shot burst through to hit the front deep inside the final furlong of the mile-and-a-half prize, before crossing the line a length and a quarter clear of Mootasadir to claim his first victory since last year’s November Handicap.

Rab Havlin, winning jockey, said: “We know he has got a bit of class, but he is ground dependant. I was worried they were going slow down the back straight when everyone had slotted into their positions.

“I was happy I only had a couple of horses to pass. He got caught a little bit flat-footed when I first pressed him, but he finished off good. Hopefully we can have an uninterrupted preparation for the back end of the season.

“It was his first time on the all-weather – he was entered at Chester last week but we didn’t think the rain would come in time, so we decided to come here.”

Although Royal Line holds entries in both the Group 1 Comer Group International Irish St Leger at the Curragh and the Group 2 Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot, Havlin is keen to remain at a mile and a half.

He added: “He is entered in a few things at the back end as he is a different horse on soft ground. I think a mile and a half on soft ground is what he wants, as when it is soft ground they have to stay very strongly.”

Hector Crouch was all smiles after celebrating the first pattern race victory of his career aboard Streamline in the Group 3 Sun Racing Sirenia Stakes.

The Clive Cox-trained son of Due Diligence returned to winning ways, having lost his unbeaten record at York last time out, when taking both a step up in class and trip in his stride in the six-furlong contest.

Showing a smart turn of foot when asked for his maximum effort, the 9/2 shot picked up well late on in the contest to reel in Huraiz before holding the running-on Oh Purple Reign by a length.

Crouch said: “It is my first group winner, but it is great to get his head back in front. I’m pleased personally and I’m pleased for the owners, and I’m delighted for Clive and the team at home.

“He was outpaced over five at listed level last time and finished really strongly. He has been a little bit keen at home and it was just a case of him relaxing, which he did beautifully today.

“He has got a really nice turn of foot over six. I think he is one that will keep progressing.

“He loves quick ground and he is one to look forward to. I don’t know where the boss will send him next, but I think he would have to take another step up.”

Kasbaan sparked wild celebrations from part-owner and Racing TV presenter Chris Dixon after gaining his second win inside a week at Kempton in the Sun Racing “London Mile” Handicap.

Picked up for 20,000 guineas at the Tattersalls Horses In Training Sale in July, the gelded son of Dansili continued to looked a shrewd purchase after following up his course-and-distance victory on Tuesday to make it two from two since joining Mick Appleby.

After overcoming a wide draw from stall 10, the 11/4 favourite stormed to the front over a furlong out before prevailing by a length and a half from Kuwait Currency.

Dixon, who is one of four members of winning owners The Horse Watchers, said: “We picked him up for 20,000 guineas as he ran so badly on his last two starts. We thought we would have to pay more than we did for him though.

“On his debut he was beaten by two 100-plus horses, First Eleven and Extra Elusive, and if he ran that well at Newbury first time out, he must be all right. He was given a wind op and he had a couple of below-par runs after winning at Lingfield, but they were on soft ground.

“I thought the draw might be an issue, but I said to Ali (Rawlinson) ‘you have 45 seconds to get into a position’. He travels well for a horse that I’m sure will be better over 10 furlongs.

“He has had two races in quick succession, so we will not rush him back. We will probably keep him for the All-Weather Championships and progress through handicaps.”

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