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Mehmas' Clarendon House scorches to Listed victory; two impressive 2yo winners for Kodiac

Clarendon House, one of the most consistent sprinters in training, gained a deserved stakes success on Friday evening when scorching to victory in the Listed Midsummer Sprint Stakes at Cork.

The Middleham Park Racing colour-bearer won going away by close to three lengths from Erosandpysche to bag his ninth success for Robert Cowell. In the process, he brought his earnings to over £150,000.

"On his York run, he looked very good and today's race went smoothly," said jockey Colin Keane. "He travelled very strong, they probably weren't quick enough to bring him along to be honest and when I asked him, he quickened up well under hands and heels."

Bred by Richard Tucker, 6yo Clarendon House is from the first crop of Mehmas and out of the winning Walaaa, by Exceed And Excel.

It was also an excellent day for Kodiac on Friday thanks to two new 2yo winners. Dividend looked a colt to follow for Dr Richard Newland and Jamie Insole when landing a hot maiden at Sandown while Babouche, a homebred for Juddmonte Farms and trained by Ger Lyons, was named a TDN Rising Star off the back of her five-length win at Fairyhouse.

"She is a nice filly, is obviously well related [a sister to the high-class Zarinsk] and had been doing everything nicely at home," said Shane Lyons. "She has had to do it the hard way which wasn't fair on her but in fairness, she did it with her ears pricked. Colin was brilliant on her as he didn't take any chances.

"We'll see how she comes on - she'll tell us, and she is in the Balanchine (Airlie Stud) Stakes in two weeks time. We'll speak to Barry (Mahon, racing manager) and the family and will fill them in on how she is.

"It was her first time ever seeing grass, we like her, she'll come on immensely and we'll let her do the talking."

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