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Postponed Wins Gr1 Ascot King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes
At Ascot in the UK, Darley's three-time Gr1-winning world-class shuttle sire Dubawi (Dubai Millennium-Zomaradah, by Deploy) celebrated a Gr1 success when 4YO Irish-bred entire Postponed (Dubawi-Ever Rigg, by Dubai Destination) scored by a nose for trainer Luca Cumani in the £1 million Gr1 Ascot King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (12 furlongs) for 3YO+, over 4YO UK-bred entires Eagle Top (Pivotal-Gull Wing, by In the Wings) & Romsdal (Halling-Pure Song, by Singspiel). Postponed prevailed in a thrilling battle up the straight to just edge out Eagle Top and claim the first Gr1 of his career. He took his record to 4 wins (including the Gr2 Great Voltigeur Stakes) and 6 placings (including the Gr1 Tattersalls Gold Cup) from 12 starts for £979,086 earnings. Cumani, who was celebrating his first win in Britain's midsummer showpiece, said Postponed would now head towards the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in October. "Of course I am delighted as I have been second three times in this race," Cumani told Sky Sports. "I wanted to win it badly and we did it. It was immensely pleasurable and I feel very proud of both the horse and jockey." He added: "I would have thought that the natural progression is the Arc, which is another big challenge taking on Treve, Jack Hobbs and Golden Horn, but he is King George winner so he won't be going back to Catterick."