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Ascot winner for Dettori; Murray; Euro2016
Dettori, who gave trainer Hugo Palmer his first classic winner in April, yesterday stormed to victory in the St James Palace Stakes in what was billed as the clash of the Guineas winners.
The win atoned somewhat for his defeat in the Irish Guineas by seeing off his main challengers, Aidan O’Brien’s French Guineas victor The Gurkha and Kevin Prendergast’s Curragah winner Awtaad.
Galileo Gold (6/1) beat The Gurkha by a length and a quarter, with Awtaad a further half a length back in third.
Palmer said: “I’m speechless. Frankie got him into the most magnificent rhythm. It showed that in every level of sport you need everything to go right. Everything went right today and he won. He is a remarkable colt.
“No one knows their way around here better than Frankie Dettori. One of the great treats of the horse being owned by Al Shaqab is I am able to call on Frankie and he takes a lot of variables out.”
Jockey Adam Kirby won his first Group 1 only hours after becoming a father as 4/1 shot Profitable held on bravely by a neck from Cotai Glory (33/1) in the King’s Stand Stakes.
With the ground soft today there is some doubt about the The Grey Gatsby lining up in the Group 1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes (4.20). However, Promised Money is the only non-runner so far in the Sandringham Handicap (5.35).
Murray beat Frenchman Nicholas Mahut in straight sets in the first round tie in the Aegon Championships at Queens. He saved set points in both sets as he won 7-6 (10-8) 7-6 (7-1).
The Scot will face fellow Briton Aljaz Bedene who also beat French opposition. The Slovenian-born Bedene beat the world number 23 Benoit Paire 7-6 (8-6) 6-7 (7-9) 6-4.
Swiss second seed Stan Wawrinka earlier lost 6-2 7-6 (7-3) to Spain’s Fernando Verdasco.
Iceland are the smallest nation ever to reach a European Championship finals, with a population of approximately 330,000, and have no professional clubs.
However, they beat the Netherlands twice in qualifying and could yet provide more shocks in France.
Iceland will next meet Hungary who are appearing in their first finals for 44 years and also beat one of the fancied teams. A 2-0 victory over Austria puts them top of their group.
Romania v Switzerland (5pm)
France v Albania (8pm)
Russia v Slovakia 2pm
Football: Robbie Muirhead has made the switch from Dundee United to Hearts on a one-year deal with Faycal Rherras also due to move to Tynecastle from Belgian club Sint-Truiden on a three-year deal.
Muirhead, 20, spent time on loan to Partick Thistle last season before being released early from his United contract in April.
He was a Scotland youth internationalist, who cost the Dundee club £150,000 from Kilmarnock in 2015 but failed to make the breakthrough expected at Tannadice.
Hearts are expected to confirm the arrival of Irish striker Conor Sammon later in the week.