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Novellist hands Germany another King George win

July 27, 2013

ASCOT, England (AP) — Novellist gave Germany back-to-back victories in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes with a victory in a record time at Ascot on Saturday.

The four-year-old colt, trained by Andreas Wohler and ridden by Johnny Murtagh, won by five lengths to follow up Danedream’s success a year ago.

Trading Leather was second, with another three-year-old colt, Hillstar, a further three-quarters of a length away in third.

Novellist, which set out at 13-2, clocked 2 minutes, 24.60 seconds to break the course mark set by Harbinger in 2010 by more than 2 seconds.

“It was a great performance but it didn’t feel like we’d broken the track record by two seconds. I was always cruising and in my comfort zone,” said Murtagh, who won the King George for the fourth time. “I loved the way when I asked him to stretch he wanted to get on with it. He stretched well — pulling him up was probably the hardest part.”

Novellist has only been beaten twice in 10 starts and is the latest middle-distance star developed through the German breeding system.

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