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With an eye on next year’s autumn carnival, trainer John Thompson has brought promising three-year-old Battenburg (NZ) (Reliable Man) from Sydney to Melbourne for a feature race and trip away to help season the colt.

There was fist-pumping and whooping, high-fives and firm clasps for all hands within reach of the Rise High camp; deflation and ‘brave face’ acceptance from the Beauty Generation team.

Immediately following the Kikuka Sho (Japanese St. Leger), the spotlight turns imperial. With the enthronement of the new emperor this week, what better timing than this coming Sunday for one of Japanese racing’s most prestigious races – the Grade 1 Tenno Sho (Autumn).

James Covello, Sheep Pond Partners and Head of Plains Partners’ Beach Patrol (USA) again proved his affinity for the turf course at Arlington International Racecourse when finishing best in a frantic finish in Saturday’s 35th running of the Grade I Arlington Million.