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Saturday, September 8
Fantastic Light avenges loss against Galileo



DUBLIN, Ireland -- Fantastic Light upset previously unbeaten Galileo to win Saturday's Irish Champion Stakes, avenging a July loss to Galileo in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes.

Fantastic Light, a 5-year-old ridden by Frankie Dettori, won the 1 1/4 -mile race by a head. Galileo, a 3-year-old, was ridden by Mick Kinane.

The two are expected to meet again in the Breeders' Cup on Oct. 27 at Belmont Park in New York.

"They are two great champions and it was a shame one of them had to lose," Dettori said.

This was the fourth victory in seven years for Godolphin Stables in Ireland's biggest all-age race for thoroughbreds.

In the 1 1/2 -mile race on July 28 at Ascot, Fantastic Light stayed behind Galileo. This time, Fantastic Light was in front of Galileo from the start. Dettori pushed his horse coming out of the final turn.

"We decided last night not to wait behind Galileo but to run our own race and not worry about the others," said Sheikh Mohammed, who heads Godolphin. "So we said to Frankie to get in front of Galileo and let him take you on."

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