Emotionless gives Godolphin reason to cheer at Doncaster

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Comfortable win: Emotionless.

Emotionless showed his class once again as he powered to a comfortable win in the Group Two At The Races Champagne Stakes over seven furlongs at Doncaster on Saturday.

The Charlie Appleby-trained two-year-old, stepping up in class following an easy win in a Newmarket maiden on his August 7 debut, broke well and was soon covered up behind the leaders, racing a bit keenly.

He moved powerfully into the race and cruised up on the bridle to join the leader Ibn Malik a furlong and a half from home.

William Buick asked Emotionless to extend inside the final furlong and he immediately opened up daylight over his rivals before winning by three-and-a-half lengths.

A delighted Appleby said: “Emotionless has an immense amount of talent and the fact that he is still able to show it while he’s still learning is very good.

“He’s shown today that he can act on easier ground, which is a bit of a relief as these are the conditions he’ll get heading into the autumn.

“He is in the Dewhurst (Group One, 7f, Newmarket) and the Racing Post Trophy (Group One, 1m, Doncaster) back here, but he has so much pace that we will stick to the seven-furlong route at Newmarket. He travels extremely well and there is no need to stretch him to a mile just yet – we can leave that to next year.

“He is a very exciting horse, with the natural ability to show what he can do even when he’s still growing up. I am delighted for all the team and delighted for the boss.”

Meanwhile, Bondi Beach finished second to Simple Verse in the St Leger, only for the favourite to be awarded the closing classic of the season after a stewards inquiry.

Simple Verse beat Aidan O’Brien’s runner by a head in a pulsating finish but the filly was deemed guilty of interference, with the placings of the first two home reversed after a tense post-race hearing.

The revised result was greeted by boos from some in the crowd, with Simple Verse’s jockey Andrea Atzeni visibly upset at the verdict and trainer Ralph Beckett dismayed.

“Both horses leaned on each other, can you really say it was her fault?” Beckett said.

“I don’t think I can answer that question, can anyone else? One thing is certain – we will appeal.”

For O’Brien this was a fifth win in the oldest classic.

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Happy Birthday - Shane Warne, Michael Johnson and Fabio Cannavaro

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These three legends celebrate their birthday today, 13th September.

Shane Warne, 46 today, is credited with bringing back legspin into the game, which was thought to be extinct.

He made his debut for Australia in 1992 and picked up over 1,000 wickets in international cricket.

Although his career was plagued by scandals off the field, he still is regarded as one of the best bowlers to have graced the game and was rated among the five greatest cricketers of the 20th century in 2000.

Among his accolades are a Test hat-trick, a Man-of-the-Match award in a World Cup final, he was the first cricketer to reach 700 Test wickets and he accumulated more runs than any other Test player without making a hundred.

Warne’s ball to Mike Gatting in 1993, that bounced outside leg stump and bamboozled Gatting is unanimously pronounced as the most famous delivery in history.

1967: Michael Johnson, a four-time Olympic gold medalist, world record holder in 400m and former in 200m (48).

1971: Goran Ivanisevic, the only person to win the men’s Wimbledon title as a wildcard (44).

1973: Fabio Cannavaro, a World Cup winner with Italy and former World Player of the Year (42).

1991: Ksenia Afanasyeva, a Russian artistic gymnast and 2011 World Floor champion (24).

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On this day: 1981 - John McEnroe defeats Bjorn Borg in US Open final

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Super Swede: Bjorn Borg.

Bjorn Borg was 25 at this point in time but the US Open was a title that had evaded him for nine years. Coming into Flushing Meadows ranked No2, the rumour mills were buzzing. Many players whispered that Borg was finished.

John McEnroe had taken his perch at the top of the men’s game and was aiming for a third straight US title.

Borg and McEnroe had met 13 times, with Borg barely holding the edge at 7-6. But it was in New York on this day 34 years ago where the American out- glowed the Swede.

In the end, McEnroe won 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-3, but things got bizarre with Borg missing the trophy ceremony. This was the end for the great Swede.

Other memorable events on this day…

1981: The Atlanta Falcons tie the record of 31 points in the fourth quarter against Greenbay Packers.

1991: Joe Carter is the first baseball player with three consecutive 100 RBI seasons with three different teams (Indians, Padres, Blue Jays).

1991: Kim Zmeskal is the first American to win a medal at World Gymnastics Championships, winning the gold with 39.848 points.

1999: Having spent 15 years as quarterback for the Denver Broncos, Hall of Famer John Elway’s No7 jersey is retired.

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