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Tower Of London tackles G2 Centaur Stakes

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Tower Of London makes a third consecutive appearance over six furlongs in the G2 Centaur Stakes at Hanshin, Japan, on Sunday, 8 September.

The Kazuo Fujisawa-trained four-year-old accelerated strongly after breaking slowly to take second in the G3 Keeneland Cup at Sapporo on Sunday, 25 August and also made good late headway when finishing third in the G3 Hakodate Sprint Stakes at Hakodate in June.

Tower Of London had previously raced over further and broke the seven-furlong course record at Tokyo when taking the G2 Keio Hai Spring Cup in May, one of three Graded race victories for the Raven’s Pass colt.

Christophe Lemaire partners Tower Of London, who faces 12 rivals headed G1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen winner Mr Melody and G3 Arlington Cup scorer Iberis.

Harry Sweeney, President of Godolphin in Japan, said: “Tower Of London hasn’t been doing much fast work recently as it is less than two weeks since he finished second in the G3 Keeneland Cup. Also, in the interim, he moved from Sapporo back to Tokyo so most of his recent work has been steady cantering. However, he came out of the race in Sapporo very well and his trainer reports him to be in top form for Sunday.

“He is still rather new to sprinting and has only raced over six furlongs twice previously. In some ways he is still learning the game and being somewhat slow out of the stalls on his last start cost him the race. Indeed, there is still not unanimity as to whether six furlongs is his best distance at all.

“He has been drawn in stall seven in a field of 13, which is ideal. Christophe Lemaire knows the horse very well and rides him on Sunday. Mr Melody, a G1 winner on his last start, is an obvious danger but we nevertheless expect Tower Of London to run very well.”