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Romanov, ridden by John Reid, finished third, a short-head and a length behind Andre Fabre's Kirkwall and Rajpoute, in the pounds 33,670 Group Two Prix Eugene Adam over 10 furlongs at Saint-Cloud yesterday.

Peter Chapple-Hyam's Derby third raced in fourth, close behind Kirkwall, the 13-10 favourite, while Rajpoute set a strong pace. Romanov was about a length behind Kirkwall coming into the straight but, hard though he tried, he could never close the gap. Kirkwall got up on the line. He was ridden by Olivier Peslier.

A Ladbrokes punter in Bolton is keeping faith with the Aidan O'Brien- trained two-year-old King Of Kings, who was beaten at the Curragh on Sunday. Ladbrokes yesterday laid the customer a bet of pounds 75,000-pounds 500 (pounds 500 at 150- 1) on King Of Kings to win the 2,000 Guineas and Derby in 1998.

n Bishops Court will miss the Stewards' Cup at Goodwood on 2 August.

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