Racing: Capone strikes again

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THE FRENCH steeplechaser Al Capone II created history at Auteuil yesterday when winning the pounds 86,114 Prix La Haye Jousselin for the seventh consecutive season. The Bernard Secly-trained 11-year-old, sent off the 1-2 favourite, captured the Grade One event by three-quarters of a length under Jean-Yves Beaurain.

Al Capone II's 25th career victory saw him become the first horse in French racing history to win the same race seven times on the trot. He is a full-brother to the 1994 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner The Fellow, himself a winner of the Prix La Haye Jousselin in 1990.

Graham Bradley continues his quest to end his riding career on a high note after failure at Down Royal on Saturday. The jockey, who has said he will retire after riding another winner, is down to partner a number of horses this week including Senor El Betrutti in a handicap hurdle at Newbury tomorrow.

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