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Brilliant Battaash impressive in Coral Charge at Sandown

Battaash dominated from the front when running out an impressive winner of the Coral Charge.

Although the apparent second string of two runners for owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, with retained rider Jim Crowley preferring Muthmir, Battaash was the 5-2 favourite under Dane O'Neill as he aimed to followed up his victory in the Scurry Stakes over the course and distance three weeks ago.

While he was slowly into stride that day, this time he burst out of the stalls and quickly opened up a lead he never looked like relinquishing.

Mirza did his best to bridge the gap inside the last of five furlongs, but Battaash passed the post three and a quarter lengths the good. Goldream was third ahead of Muthmir in fourth.

O'Neill said: "He's got a lot of ability and we've always liked him.

"He's a typical sprinter - he either does things slowly and quietly or at full tilt.

"He's pretty impressive when he settles and accepts it."

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