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The Aidan O’Brien-trained globetrotter had already made his mark at the highest level in America and Hong Kong before landing the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot in July 2016.
He was given a superb front-running ride by Ryan Moore at Ascot and always looked like holding off Wings Of Desire, the Derby fourth, with Dartmouth, who had previously beaten him a head in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot, four lengths back in third.
That success, the sixth of his career, took Highland Reel’s career earnings to £2.4 million.
He added to that tally when chasing home Postponed in the Juddmonte International Stakes at York, keeping on stoutly after being prominent all the way.
And he did so again when beating all bar Found in the 2016 Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, before gaining revenge on her in the Breeders’ Cup Turf, when making all under Seamie Heffernan. He followed that with a close second in the Hong Kong Vase.
His one tame run was in the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown, finishing seventh in a race that involved eight Group One winners.
Highland Reel began his 2017 campaign with a lacklustre effort behind Jack Hobbs in the Longines Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan but he is not one to write off.
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