Largest crowd at Newbury racecourse for three years

Madness entertained the crowds Credit: Newbury Racecourse

A huge crowd of 20,995, the highest since August, 2012, attended Newbury Racecourse on the second and final day of the Dubai Duty Free International Meeting yesterday

They were rewarded with thrilling racing and an after-racing concert by iconic band Madness.

Ribchester leads home a 1-2 for Godolphin in the Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes Credit: Newbury Racecourse

Ribchester, making it third time lucky, lost his maiden tag in emphatic style with a last-to-first success in the Group Two Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes.

The Richard Fahey-trained colt, the 13/8 favourite, travelled well under James Doyle before quickening strongly to beat front-running 9/2 chance Log Out Island, trained by Richard Hannon, comfortably by a length and a quarter as Godolphin enjoyed a 1-2 in the six-furlong contest.

The Corsican wins the Dubai Duty Free Legacy Cup Credit: Newbury Racecourse

The Corsican booked his place in the Group One Champion Stakes at Ascot on October 17 with a smooth victory over Godolphin's Sky Hunter and odds-on favourite Eagle Top in the 11-furlong Group Three Dubai Duty Free Legacy Cup . The four-year-old had no trouble in scoring by a length and a half for Jamie Spencer.