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Aft Cabin enters Royal Ascot reckoning following exhilarating win


Aft Cabin unleashed a storming run to take the G2 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint at Randwick on Saturday, setting up a possible trip to Royal Ascot for the Platinum Jubilee Stakes.

Despite missing the break and meeting trouble in running, the Astern colt flew home to post an easy win, adding to his victory in February’s G3 Eskimo Prince Stakes.

With no more three-year-old G1 races remaining in Australia, Aft Cabin will have to tackle older opposition and Ascot’s stiff six furlongs could prove a perfect fit for the improving sprinter.

Anamoe may still head over to Royal Ascot as well, with the champion colt having suffered only his second defeat of the season as he finished a valiant third behind Dubai Honour in the G1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes on the same Randwick card.

Australian Cup winner Cascadian was scratched from the Queen Elizabeth Stakes and will be rerouted to the G1 All Aged Stakes on Saturday.

Tom Kitten is also set for a G1 assignment this weekend, with the Harry Angel two-year-old booking his spot alongside Amur in the Champagne Stakes when coming from last to first in Saturday’s Listed Fernhill Mile.

Zapateo completed a good day for Godolphin on day two of the Championships at Randwick as she recorded the biggest win of her career with a dominant display in the G2 Sapphire Stakes.

Seasoned travellers Modern Games and With The Moonlight arrived in Keeneland over the weekend ahead of G1 races at the course’s Spring Meet.

Last year’s Champion Male Turf Horse Modern Games returns for the Maker’s Mark Mile on Friday having scored at the Kentucky track in November’s Breeders’ Cup Mile.

With The Moonlight enjoyed success of her own in the United States last year, scoring in the Saratoga Oaks in addition to placing in both the Belmont Oaks and Lake Placid Stakes. She lines up in Saturday’s Jenny Wiley Stakes on the back of two G2 wins in Dubai.