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Roberto to strike Gold’ again

Roberto Goldback might not be the force he once was, but he is of definite interest taking a significant drop in class for the Knight Fencing Ltd Supports Sussex Snowdrop Handicap Chase at Fontwell.

The 12-year-old mixed it at the top level during his days over here in Ireland and made a winning start to life for Nicky Henderson in the 2012 United House Gold Cup at Ascot.

He has perhaps not lived up to expectations since, but performed creditably when third in the Kim Muir at Cheltenham on his penultimate start and a subsequent drop in the ratings has allowed him to get into this lesser race with top-weight.

On paper, this is the veteran’s easiest assignment for some time and hopefully his class will shine through.

There is another top-class day of Flat action taking place at the Curragh, with the Etihad Airways Irish 1,000 Guineas giving another chance for three-year-old fillies to clinch Classic glory.

Dermot Weld has started the season in sensational form and his Vote Often looks bound to make her presence felt having made a winning return to action against her elders in the Park Express Stakes over the course and distance.

Magician can make it a fourth win in five years for Aidan O’Brien in the Tattersalls Gold Cup. The Ballydoyle team had to settle for second last term as Camelot was edged out by Al Kazeem, but Magician could be hard to beat this time around.


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