Pilsudski joins three-way tussle

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A three-cornered heavyweight fight now looks likely for the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes after Michael Stoute yesterday confirmed that Pilsudski will take on his stablemate Singspiel and Helissio at Ascot on Saturday week.

The trio have mopped up most of the globe's most valuable prizes over the past 10 months. Helissio won the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in October, Singspiel took the world's richest turf prize, the Japan Cup, the following month and went on to win the Dubai World Cup, the world's most valuable race, in March, while Pilsudski won the Breeders' Cup Turf at Woodbine last November and beat Benny The Dip and Bosra Sham in the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown this month.

Lester Piggott will make a return to the saddle in a celebrity race for charity at Wincanton on 23 October. Others who will participate include John Francome and Peter Scudamore.

The BHB is to provide funds for dealing with ex-racehorses suffering from neglect or ill-treatment. "While the primary responsibility for a retired racehorse lies with its owner, the BHB recognises that racing has a part to play in dealing with cases of neglect," Tristram Ricketts, the BHB's chief executive, said.

RICHARD EDMONDSON

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