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Soul claims Hackwood at Newbury

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Ex-Australian runner Soul got his first win since moving to Britain in the chrisbeekracing.com Stakes, also known as Hackwood, at Newbury. At 3-1, racing tipsters had pegged Soul as the betting odds favourite heading into the Group 3, 6 furlong 8 yard meeting. Ground conditions at Newbury were considered heavy and soft in places after intermittent rainfall during the week.

Soul placed fourth in the Diamond Jubilee last time and won at Meydan in March. Jockey Silvestre de Sousa led the five-year-old into a winning time of 1 minute 17.22 seconds in a field of nine runners. The win earned £31,190 on behalf of owner Godolphin.

Soul took command early and took the lead 2 furlongs into the horserace. Runner-up Firebeam, at 5-1 betting odds, (£11,825) tracked the leader but fell about four lengths behind at the finish line. Winning trainer Saeed bin Suroor told godolphin.com: “Soul ran very well today on ground that took a lot of effort. He improved on his run at Royal Ascot and I am very happy to see him win. We will see how he comes out of this race before making any plans.”

Another “Soul” emerged victorious on Saturday. This time, Tim Easterby's Body And Soul won the Weatherbys Super Sprint in thrilling fashion at the hands of Duran Fentiman. The 9-1 betting odds favourite edged out Satsuma (8-1) by a neck to take home £122,925 in the 5 furlong 34 yard horserace for two-year-olds. The winning time was clocked at 1 minute 6.55 seconds.

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