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Twice Over back on top in Skybet York

Returning to the races in March, Twice Over landed an over-the-top win in the 2011 Maktoum Challenge – Round 3 (G2) at Meydan.  The son of Observatory had disappointed since, ninth in the Dubai World Cup (G1), then uninvolved in the Lockinge (G1) and Prince of Wales’s Stakes (G1).  Saturday, Twice Over pounded his six rivals in the Skybet York Stakes (G2) over the extended 1 1/4 miles, defeating Ransom Note and Dominant.   Tom Queally partnered the 5-2 second choice once again for Sir Henry Cecil.

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  1. Twice Over’s class carried him to victory in the final 1/2f of this race. Because a furlong out, he looked a beaten horse. Frankly, I thought Twice Over made awfully hard work out of beating this G2 field at York on Saturday. Even though he won the York Stakes, I’m not convinced that we’ll ever see Twice Over win at G1 level again in whatever’s left of his career. He’s been trounced in his last 3 G1 start’s. The Dubai World Cup, the Lockinge Stakes, and the Prince of Wales’s Stakes. Prince Khalid Abdullah and Henry Cecil could probably keep Twice Over winning regularly at the level that he raced at today. But between the best 3yr.old’s and older horses racing middle distances in Europe this season, I think it’s a stretch to believe that Twice Over can beat them in G1 company. Cecil’s best chance to close out Twice Over’s career with a G1 win would probably be if they put him away now for a break. Then brought him to Ascot a completely fresh horse in October for a shot at a 3-peat in the G1 Champion Stakes. Even then, it’s possible that Twice Over could run into So You Think in that race? A horse he just can’t beat. JMO.

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