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Postponed wins epic King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot • Luca Cumani-trained colt beats Eagle Top after sustained battle  • John Gosden withdrew Golden Horn after walking the rain-softened course  Postponed-Eagle-Top-Ascot  Postponed, left, beats Eagle Top in a thrilling renewal of the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot. Photograph: David Davies/PA Greg Wood at Ascot @Greg_Wood_ Saturday 25 July 2015 17.52 BST Last modified on Sunday 26 July 2015 00.30 BST Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Share on Google+ Shares 40 Comments 8 Ascot commemorated the 40th anniversary of Grundy’s and Bustino’s famous duel in the King George in the runup to this year’s renewal and, in the closing stages here on Saturday, Postponed and Eagle Top produced a tribute of their own. A nose separated them at the line, with Postponed emerging as the winner having been headed a few strides from the line, and though the Derby winner, Golden Horn, was a late absentee, this was still a race that few in a crowd of tens of thousands will quickly forget. It was a result with twists and subplots, too, as the same horses had finished a nose apart – though in reverse order – when second and third in the Hardwicke Stakes here last month. The fallout from that race was significant, with John Gosden – the trainer of both Eagle Top and Golden Horn – accusing Adam Kirby, the jockey aboard Postponed, of “foul riding” as he crowded in on Frankie Dettori, riding Eagle Top, in the first half-mile. Dettori, who was due to ride Golden Horn, switched to Eagle Top when the Derby winner was scratched. Kirby, though, was at Newmarket on Saturday, having been replaced aboard Postponed by the colt’s owner, Sheikh Mohammed Obaid al-Maktoum. Instead, it was Andrea Atzeni, the Sheikh’s retained jockey last season, who stepped in for the winning ride and the most prestigious success of his career. Kirby said on Thursday that Postponed, the winner of last season’s Great Voltigeur Stakes at York, would be a different horse with a solid pace to chase. He got that here as Romsdal, another runner from the Gosden yard, made the running with Atzeni tracking behind, and his rider then went for home two furlongs out. Eagle Top, sent off favourite at 5-2, ran him down and edged ahead well inside the final furlong, but Postponed fought bravely to force his head back in front on the line.

Postponed wins epic King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot
• Luca Cumani-trained colt beats Eagle Top after sustained battle
• John Gosden withdrew Golden Horn after walking the rain-softened course
Postponed-Eagle-Top-Ascot
Postponed, left, beats Eagle Top in a thrilling renewal of the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot. Photograph: David Davies/PA
Courtesy Greg Wood at Ascot
@Greg_Wood_
Saturday 25 July 2015Dettori, who was due to ride Golden Horn, switched to Eagle Top when the Derby winner was scratched. Kirby, though, was at Newmarket on Saturday, having been replaced aboard Postponed by the colt’s owner, Sheikh Mohammed Obaid al-Maktoum. Instead, it was Andrea Atzeni, the Sheikh’s retained jockey last season, who stepped in for the winning ride and the most prestigious success of his career.The Luca Cumani trained POSTPONED broke through for a well deserved victory at the top level when winning the Group 1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot under jockey Andrea Atzeni.The son of DUBAWI was bought for 360,000 guineas by agents Charlie Gordon-Watson and John Warren on behalf of owner Mohammed Obaid at Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, having been consigned to the sale by Highclere Stud.