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Elm Park Glory in Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster

The spirit of Elm Park lives on in equine form, as the Andrew Balding-trained colt took the Group 1 Racing Post Trophy comfortably yesterday at Doncaster.

Alan Crowhurst

He won impressively by 2 and 3/4 lengths from the Aiden O'Brien trained Aloft, making it four wins in a row after coming third on debut. He won on second start at Newbury over 7 furlongs, before being stepped up in class to listed level for the Stonehenge Stakes at Salisbury. That victory was also a step up in distance, to a mile, and Elm Park has since been victorious twice more, once at Group 2 level in the Royal Lodge Stakes, and then yesterday's imperious win in the Racing Post Trophy, the highest level (Group 1).

This race is traditionally seen as the end of the flat season, so we won't see Elm Park again until next year where he'll be going for glory in the Epsom Derby over a mile and a half, one of the classics that can only be contested by three-year-olds. And usually it's not just any ordinary horse that wins the Racing Post Trophy - last year's winner, Kingston Hill, took the St. Leger this season, whilst Camelot won the 2011 renewal and then went on to win the 2000 Guineas and the Derby the following season.

Best of luck to everyone involved with Elm Park - he's currently 4th favourite for the Derby next year, and the first in the betting that's trained here in the UK - and hopefully we'll be talking of more glory next June!