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Magna Grecia wins Vertem Futurity for Aidan O’Brien after controversial finish

• Lengthy stewards’ inquiry was required at Doncaster
• ‘There was a little bit of a bump … there wasn’t much in it’

Aidan O’Brien’s ninth success in what is now the Vertem Futurity proved to be his most controversial, as a lengthy stewards’ inquiry was required to determine that Magna Grecia should keep the prize, having passed the post a head in front of Phoenix Of Spain.

The two horses came together twice inside the final furlong and connections of the runner-up did not appear entirely satisfied by the outcome.

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