Luxembourg lands Vertem Futurity to confirm Classic prospects

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Luxembourg proved himself as a leading contender for next year’s Classics after an impressive victory in the Group One Vertem Futurity Trophy at Doncaster.

The two-year-old, who started as 4/6 favourite, was given a confident ride under Ryan Moore, producing a challenge at the three-furlong pole before going away to win by just under two lengths from Sissoko, with Bayside Boy and Hannibal Barca finishing in a bunch for the places.

Trainer Aidan O’Brien has now won the Doncaster contest 10 times, equalling the record of the late Sir Henry Cecil.

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Aidan O’Brien enjoyed a record-equalling 10th victory in the Vertem Futurity

Luxembourg remains unbeaten from his three starts as a two-year-old, having picked up the Group Two Beresford Stakes at the Curragh last time out.

Saturday’s victory has earned the exciting son of Camelot odds of 5/1 for next year’s 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket, while he was made 4/1 favourite for the Derby at Epsom.

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