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“OF IMBONGI, AQLAAM, CONFRONT AND DREAM EATER”
What might’ve been, is one of the happier pre-occupations of our business, at least to the extent that you can always consider yourself unlucky not to have won. Dream on, some would say, yet the conventional wisdom among many following Imbongi’s last run in Ascot’s Summer Mile, was that with a better trip he might’ve troubled the judges. Either way, the outcome of France’s biggest mile event last Sunday, certainly gave us renewed reason for conjecture.
According to the Sporting Post, “Aqlaam, winner of last Sunday’s Gr.1 Prix du Moulin, gave the form of SA-bred Imbongi a considerable boost. The son of the red hot sire, Oasis Dream, had previously beaten Imbongi(Russian Revival) by a length at level weights in the Summer Mile. Prior to his Group One success, Aqlaam had run second to wonder filly, Goldikova, beaten six lengths, in the Gr.1 Prix Jacques le Marois.
The form of the Summer Mile has also been franked by runner up, Confront(Nayef), who has won his last two starts. Confront, incidentally, won a listed race at Haydock last Saturday by half a length, giving the runner up three pounds. Behind Imbongi in the Summer Mile came Dream Eater, who dead heated in a listed race and was just touched off by multiple Gr.1 winner, Pressing in the Gr.2 Topkapi Trophy last time out”.