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Monday, August 27, 2001



JOHANNESBURG CONTINUES O'BRIEN PURPLE PATCH




An incredible season for trainer Aidan O'Brien continued at Deauville yesterday when Michael Tabor and Sue Magnier's two-year-old Johannesburg completed a five timer in the Group 1 Prix Morny at Deauville.


The Hennessy colt, who is bred to be a sprinter, is now as short as 3/1 with the Tote for next year's Sagitta 2,000 Guineas after his length and a half triumph from Zipping, with Godolphin's Meshaheer the same distance back in third.


"I think he deserves a little rest now until later in the season," said O'Brien. "He could go for the Dewhurst Stakes or the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, but he's in all the top races."




HABIBTI WINS FOR GIVEN CONNECTIONS




Habibti, representing the Point Given team of trainer Bob Baffert and owner the Thoroughbred Corporation, landed a second Grade 1 success of the weekend when the filly Habibti took Del Mar's Debutante Stakes on Sunday in California.


Godolphin's odds-on favourite Tempera could finish only third having briefly taken the lead two and a half furlongs from home, something which trainer Eoin Harty felt might not have suited her.


"She ran very well but took the lead too soon, which was where I didn't want her to be," Harty told www.godolphin.com. "She maybe went too fast early on and got caught lacking. I'm not sure where we'll go with her now - we might take her to New York."

Point Given, who landed the Grade 1 Travers Stakes at Saratoga on Saturday, has been cut to 6/4 from 5/2 with Coral Eurobet for the Breeders' Cup Classic at Belmont on October 27.


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