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Paco Boy Wins UK Gr1 Lockinge Stakes
In the UK, Gr1-placed former Yarraman Park shuttler Desert Style (Green Desert-Organza, by High Top) added a Gr1 triumph when Irish-bred 5YO entire Paco Boy (Desert Style-Tappen Zee, by Sandhurst Prince) notched his 2nd successive group success in 3 weeks since returning from a 9-months spell with a 0.75-length victory in the £200,000 (A$332,000) Gr1 Lockinge Stakes (8 furlongs) for 4YOs & up at Newbury. Paco Boy (ridden by Richard Hughes for trainer Richard Hannon) defeated 4YO entires Ouqba (Red Ransom-Dancing Mirage, by Machiavellian) & US-bred Lord Shanakill (Speightstown-Green Room, by Theatrical). Paco Boy was originally an €18,000 (A$26,000) weanling at the 2005 Goffs November Sale, then a €16,000 (A$23,000) yearling at the 2006 Tattersalls Ireland Flat Sale & finally a 30,000 guineas (A$51,000) 2YO at the 2007 Doncaster April Sale. Overall he now boasts 11 wins (also including April's Gr2 Sandown Mile over 8 furlongs at Sandown Park, plus 2009's Gr1 Queen Anne Stakes over 8 furlongs at Royal Ascot & Gr2 Sandown Mile over 8 furlongs at Sandown Park, as well as 2008's French Gr1 Prix de la Foret over 1400m at Longchamp, UK Gr2 Betfair Cup-Lennox Stakes over 7 furlongs at Goodwood, UK Gr2 Hungerford Stakes over 7 furlongs at Newbury, UK Gr3 Greenham Stakes over 7 furlongs at Newbury & UK Listed Spring Cup over 7 furlongs at Lingfield Park) & 2 placings (in 2009's Gr1 Sussex Stakes over 8 furlongs at Goodwood & 2008's French Gr1 Prix Du Moulin over 1600m at Longchamp) from 18 starts for £816,408 (A$1.347m) earnings.