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James Tate on the march with Invincible Army

15 May 2019

Duke Of York winner set for a busy time in sprint category of the QIPCO British Champions Series this summer.

Invincible Army was an emphatic winner at York.Picture: Racingfotos.com

Invincible Army is set for a busy time in QIPCO British Champions Series races this summer after running out an emphatic winner of the Duke Of York Clipper Logistics Stakes at York.

The James Tate-trained four-year-old powered home late on to score by an impressive two and a quarter lengths in the Group 2 contest.

Paddy Power was suitably impressed with Invincible Army, making him the 7-2 favourite from 8-1 for the Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot.

Tate added: “You have to think of Group Ones only from here on in. He gets six furlongs well, so we’ve only got the Diamond Jubilee, the Sprint Cup and the Champions Sprint [on QIPCO British Champions Day], which will be the three main targets.

“We always thought he’d get to the top one day. I did hope he might do something like that, but as trainers, even when it is going well, you are disappointed more than you are not.”

SERIES SPRINTS IN 2019:

June 18: King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot (£500,000)

June 21: Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot (£500,000)

June 22: Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot (£600,000)

July 13: Darley July Cup at Newmarket (£500,000)

August 23: Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York (£350,000)

September 7: 32Red Sprint Cup at Haydock (£260,000)

October 19: QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes at Ascot (£600,000)