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David Junior

In 2005, David Junior (by Pleasant Tap out of Paradise River (Irish River)) was a shock 25-1 winner of the 2005 Emirates Airline Champion Stakes (Group 1) at Newmarket. The Brian Meehan trained colt held off 12-1 French mare Pride by three-quarters of a length. Sir Michael Stoute''s Maraahel, also at 25-1, finished a further one and a quarter lengths away in third.

In March 2006, David Junior, again ridden by Jamie Spencer, landed the US$5 million Dubai Duty Free (Group 1), sponsored by Dubai Duty Free, over 1,777 metres on the Turf at Nad Al Sheba on Dubai World Cup night. David Junior made his move just over 400 metres out and crossed the line three and a half lengths ahead of The Tin Man, trained by Richard Mandella, with Dhruba Selvaratnam’s Seihali in third.

After Dubai, David Junior was fourth in the Prince Of Wales Stakes at Royal Ascot behind Ouija Board.

David Junior then showed his best form again to sweep past his rivals to a one and a half length victory in the 2006 Coral Eclipse Stakes at Sandown. This was his third Group 1 victory and came after jockey Jamie Spencer brought David Junior from last to first to win. Ouija Board finished fifth in the nine horse field. Notnowcato finished second ahead of Blue Monday, a further neck back in third place.

David Junior may now be aimed for the Breeders Cup Classic.

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