Racing: Loder makes Chicago trip pay

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DAVID LODER'S bold initiative in sending Peter Davies to Chicago for the Arlington Million brought its reward yesterday when the five-year-old earned almost pounds 20,000 for finishing fifth.

The pounds 397,350 first prize went to Star Of Cozzene, who was trained in France last year when well behind Marling in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood but is now handled in the United States by Mark Hennig. The John Hammond-trained Dear Doctor, last year's winner, was squeezed for room and finished fast into fourth.

Loder, in his first full season with a training licence, showed remarkable enterprise in taking advantage of the generous travel allowances for the race and raised Peter Davies several grades in order to take part.

On Saturday, Loder's Lupescu narrowly missed out on the money in the Beverly D Stakes. Partnered, like Peter Davies, by Frankie Dettori, Lupescu finished sixth of the seven runners - prize-money again stretched to the fifth home - but was beaten less than four lengths. Let's Elope was first past the post but was demoted to third for bumping the ex Irish-trained Via Borghese and the 1-2 favourite Flawlessly who was awarded the race.

Loder gained compensation with the success of Overact and Kevin Darley in the Prix Gutt at Baden Baden.

Lochsong, who was not due to race again until the Prix de l'Abbaye at Longchamp in October, will now take in the Group One Haydock Sprint Cup on Saturday. The connections of the five-year-old, a brilliant winner of the Nunthorpe Stakes at York 10 days ago, have decided to pay the pounds 13,000 supplementary entry fee to get her into the six-furlong Haydock race. Her owner, Jeff Smith, explained yesterday: 'She is simply so well and has taken the York race splendidly. This is her time and she is bouncing at home, so we decided to run.'

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