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Invincible Army puts himself in Royal Ascot picture
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Invincible Army was a little uneasy in the market but put up an impressive performance to win the Duke of York Stakes on Wednesday, always travelling well and showing an eye-catching turn of foot to put the race to bed in a matter of strides.
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Trainer James Tate said: “That’s a local win. I was born in Harrogate and grew up in Tadcaster, you can’t get more local than that!
“It’s fantastic, he just seems to be different this year, he’s even posing for photographs and is calm before the race. He really seems to know what he’s here for.
“I’d still be concerned if the ground ever came up really rattling, summer fast ground, but as long as it is safe, which it certainly was today, it’s fine. It’s the first day of the year here and they’ve done a nice job. If it was softer that would be even more in our favour.”
Tate went on to say: “You have to think of Group Ones only from here on in. He gets six furlongs well, so we’ve only got the Diamond Jubilee, the Sprint Cup and the Champions Sprint, which will be the three main targets.
“We always thought he’d get to the top one day. His dam (Rajeem), who (owner) Saeed Manana raced, didn’t win her Group One until she was four and neither did Invincible Spirit (sire), so we always hoped this would be his year and that was part of the reason we put him away so quickly last season.
“I did hope he might do something like that, but as trainers, even when it is going well, you are disappointed more than you are not.
“That’s our biggest win. We nearly won a French Classic last year with Hey Gaman, though.”
Paddy Power were the most impressed with his performance installing him as their 7/2 favourite for the Diamond Jubilee, but he is as big as 8/1 in places for the race.
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