Racing: Fabre encore

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THE spectacular run of form of Andre Fabre's stable continued last night when Raintrap beat Alywow and Volochine to land the Grade One Rothmans International at Woodbine in Canada. The big disappointment of the race, however, was Peter Chapple-Hyam's White Muzzle, who started favourite at close to even money but finished last of the nine runners.

John Reid, taking over from the much maligned Japanese jockey Yutaka Take in White Muzzle's saddle, could offer no explanation for his poor run. The second British challenger, Reg Akehurst's Urgent Request, put up a much more impressive performance, setting a strong pace and at one point leading the field by 10 lengths. Though he faded to finish fifth, he was beaten in a three- way photograph for third place and was just a couple of lengths behind the winner.

The success was Fabre's third at Group One level in three days, and for good measure he saddled Sunshack to land the Group Two Prix du Conseil de Paris at Longchamp yesterday afternoon.

The Michael Stoute-trained Annus Mirabilis has been supplemented for next Saturday's Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster at a cost of pounds 15,000.

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