Racing: Reid reinforces Godolphin link

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Among the many rewards for John Reid for winning Saturday's King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes for Godolphin, is a ride for the stable in another Group One race.

The Ulsterman, who rode Swain to victory at Ascot, has been called up to partner Allied Forces in tomorrow's Sussex Stakes. The Godolphin team had been searching for a big-race rider since Frankie Dettori had been ruled out of the pounds 125,000 event by suspension.

Reid has benefited from Dettori's absence in the past, notably when landing the Eclipse Stakes on Halling for Godolphin last year. He will be attempting a second Sussex Stakes triumph, having scored on On The House in 1982. Richard Hills will ride Godolphin's other runner, Alhaarth.

Allied Forces, the Queen Anne Stakes winner, is 6-1 third favourite for the one-mile contest with William Hill, having finished fourth over two furlongs further in the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown last time.

Just ahead of him in the betting at 5-1 -and behind only the 6-4 market leader Starborough, is Air Express, whose trainer, Clive Brittain, is attempting to win his third Group race in three different countries within five days.

Greenlander started the sequence in France on Saturday when taking the Group Two Prix Robert Papin at Maisons-Laffitte and then his stable-companion Luso kept up the good work in the Group One WGZ Bank Deutschland Preis at Dusseldorf on Sunday.

Brittain believes Greenlander "could develop into a series Guineas candidate" having made a winning debut at Yarmouth only this month.

Luso was recording his seventh European Group success and his second in Germany - both at Group One level - having won the Aral Pokal last season.

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