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The turf

The early tragedy of the flat season

18 May 2024

9:00 AM

18 May 2024

9:00 AM

The Flat season proper has opened with an almighty shock and a cruel tragedy.

First City of Troy, the latest horse to be anointed by the incomparable Aidan O’Brien as the best he has ever trained, flopped like a wet sponge in the 2000 Guineas. Then with Charlie Appleby’s Godolphin team mopping up top races to demonstrate that their comparatively poor 2023 was merely a blip, their Hidden Law passed the post as an impressive three-lengths winner of the Chester Vase.

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