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Silver Knott continues to live the American dream

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Silver Knott maintained a perfect start to his season as he captured a second consecutive G2 prize with an impressive display in the Man o’War Stakes at Aqueduct on Saturday.

Having captured the Elkhorn Stakes at Keeneland’s Spring Meet, the four-year-old powered clear in the straight to beat Missed The Cut and Nations Pride, who was making his first start since November.

Despite being trained at Moulton Paddocks, Silver Knott has had more starts in North America than the UK, with appearances at Belmont Park, Colonial Downs, Santa Anita and Del Mar last season. His extended stay in the United States looks set to continue as both he and Nations Pride will spend the summer at Saratoga.

Fierce Pride could also have travel on her agenda following a fine second in the G1 Victoria Mile at Tokyo on Sunday. The Deep Impact mare, who will become a valuable addition to Godolphin’s broodmare band at the end of the season, has the G1 Matron Stakes in Ireland as a potential option, with next month’s G1 Yasuda Kinen on her more immediate radar.

Full-brothers Corniche and Pereille completed a notable double at Sunshine Coast on Saturday. Three-year-old Corniche powered through the field to take the G3 Gold Coast Guineas, while the year older Pereille was an easy winner of a handicap.

Few moments encapsulated the immense highs and lows of racing more than Wednesday’s Chester Vase, in which Hidden Law sustained a fatal injury moments after crossing the line in front. It proved a tragic end to a horse who appeared to have such a bright future.

As part of Racing Together’s Community Day, Godolphin helped launch Detour, a local community group to support families navigate the challenges of neurodiversity and autism.

Godolphin Lifetime Care flagbearer Osborne Bulls enjoyed his time at the Scone Horse Festival over the weekend, topping the Led Off The Track class alongside fellow Godolphin veteran Deprive in addition to taking part in the annual parade through the town.

Newbury hosts the first UK G1 for older horses of the year, the Lockinge Stakes, this Saturday. Godolphin has won the mile highlight nine times and 2022 runner-up Real World will be hoping to go one place better in this year’s edition.