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Dream win for Turner

19th August 2012, 12:07am

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Hayley Turner: Won the Beverley D. on I'm A Dreamer

Hayley Turner: Won the Beverley D. on I'm A Dreamer

A review of Saturday's meeting at Arlington Park where I'm A Dreamer, Jakkalberry and Bayrir struck for Europe.

I'm a Dreamer and Hayley Turner won the Grade One Beverley D. Stakes on a dream day for the European raiders at Arlington Park on Saturday.

David Simcock's five-year-old Noverre mare just held on to deny the fast-finishing Marketing Mix in a thrilling finish.

Aidan O'Brien's Up took the lead rounding the home turn but as her challenge faded in the straight it was I'm A Dreamer and Turner who took charge with a furlong to go.

And the line came just in time as Simcock's raider went one place better than on her last visit to North America in the EP Taylor Stakes.

Simcock said: "She quickened up to get there, she quickened up very well and she just held on from the closer."

Little Mike made all the running under Ramon Dominguez to land the feature race on the card, the Grade One Arlington Million Stakes.

Dale Romans' five-year-old managed to get an easy lead and Dominguez timed the fractions perfectly up front.

As they stacked up to challenge in behind Dominguez kicked on aboard Little Mike around the home turn, and soon had a five-length lead on the field.

Luca Cumani's Afsare, who was a little nervy beforehand down at the start, came out of the pack to run on for second but it was too little too late.

The British raider was well fancied after his recent second in the Sky Bet York Stakes but he had to settle for the runners-up spot once again.

John Gosden's Colombian dead-heated for third with Rahystrada but last year's Secretariat winner Treasure Beach and Marco Botti's Crackerjack King disappointed in behind.

Earlier there was better news for the Europeans as French raider Bayrir won the Grade One Secretariat Stakes for Alain de Royer-Dupre and the Aga Khan.

The Medicean colt was sent off the 3-1 second choice of the punters and he swooped late under Christophe Lemaire to land the £189, 677 prize.

Settled in the rear early on, Bayrir made his challenge down the centre of the track to get the better of Finnegans Wake and Summer Front.

Aidan O'Brien won the contest last year with Treasure Beach, but his challenger this time around, Daddy Long Legs, finished last after briefly hitting the front on the turn for home.

Royer-Dupre said afterwards: "I think he's a very good horse, he's very relaxed. He can wait, he has a good turn of foot and he's a very interesting horse."

Meanwhile, Botti's Jakkalberry won the inaugural running of the American St. Leger Stakes.

The six-year-old was sent off the 8-5 favourite by Chicago punters and he obliged at those odds after getting the better of long-time leader Ioya Bigtime in the straight.

Colm O'Donoghue settled his mount in fifth in the early stages but was always going well as Ioya Bigtime set the fractions up front.

O'Donoghue mounted his challenge rounding the final turn and although he didn't pass the game frontrunner with ease the British raider was well on top at the line.

The pair pulled clear with Ioya Bigtime second, while John Gosden's Zuider Zee was third under William Buick.

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