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De Sousa winning on Farhh with Cirrus De Aigles behind in second (©GettyImages)
De Sousa winning on Farhh with Cirrus De Aigles behind in second (©GettyImages).

It was another fantastic weekend of racing that concluded the Flat season as Godolphin's Farhh went out in style by winning the Group One Champion Stakes.

It was to be Farhh's last race before being retired. In just his second race of the season, the Saeed Bin Suroor trained colt saw off 2011 winner Cirrus De Aigles in a thriller to claim only his second win in two starts this season, previously winning the G1 Lockinge Stakes in May.

Jockey Silvestre De Sousa gave his horse a fantastic ride, going for home after the turn, and the 11-4 shot showed heart to hold off the French horse and Derby winner Ruler of the World.

The Richard Hannon trained Olympic Glory was ridden to victory under Richard Hughes and now is aimed for the Breeders Cup in November. It was the first time in blinkers for the three-year-old, who went off 11-2 and it seemed to really do the trick - he travelled well throughout and answered Hughes when told to go on which he did so, going onto win by three and a half lengths.

It's been a tough season for the French horse, only running once against its same age group and its inconsistency has frustrated - however it seems a new leaf has been turned over.

Top Noch Tonto, who was supplemented into the race late, was second with Aiden O'Brien's Kingsbarn third. A disappointing last run for 2000 Guineas winner Dawn Approach (2-1 fav), who has now been retired to stud - he finished in fourth.

The Ascot Gold Cup winner Estimate disappointed in the Long Distance Cup as Johnny Murtagh trained and rode 20-1 outsider Royal Diamond. It was a very poor ride by Ryan Moore on the Queen owned Estimate, as he tried to make up far too much ground in the later stages - however the soft tract proved too much for him.

Slade Power took the G2 Sprint Cup, holding off Ayr Gold Cup third Jack Dexter by a neck. Both are seemingly to carry on racing next season.

On Sunday, Champion Hurdle contender The New One set a bold statement to the rest of his contenders as he romped to a ten length victory over fellow rival Rock on Ruby. He has been described by trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies as the best horse he has ever trained and showed why he very well could be.

With four furlongs out, it looked like it could be a close contest however when Nigel's son Sam gave The New One a shake of the reigns it really answered, pulling away from the 2011 Champion Hurdle winner Rock On Ruby and cruised in style to the win post. It is now as short as 7/2 for the Champion Hurdle.

Sea Lord won the other listed race in the 2 mile Novices Hurdles and put in an impressive display to win by nine lengths. The John Ferguson horse saw off its rivals to win its second listed race of its career and could be a real player in the Supreme Novice Hurdle at Cheltenham - he can be backed at 33-1 now.

Judging on its improvement from last year, it could be a very good price to take.

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