Baghdad makes it back-to-back wins at the Royal meeting

Johnston ace suffered an injury when winning 12 months ago

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Mark Johnston saw his long-term plan for Baghdad come to fruition after he made it back-to-back wins at the Royal meeting with a tenacious success in the Duke of Edinburgh Handicap.

Twelve months after landing the King George V Handicap, the four-year-old son of Frankel returned to the scene of his greatest success to strike in the mile-and-a-half prize.

Despite being pressed late on by Frankie Dettori and Ben Vrackie, the 7-2 shot, who suffered a broken cannon bone at the meeting last year, found extra reserves under Ryan Moore to hang on by a rapidly-diminishing short head.

Johnston said: “It was always the target to come back here as soon as he came off the surgery table and once we knew he was going to be OK.

“We knew we had a pretty good horse on our hands and we knew if he won anything else after the last run (winning at Newmarket) he would be out of this. It has all gone to plan, so it is great.

“It just shows people that get a bit confused that not all fractures are life threatening. He might go a little bit further at York for the Ebor, but that is just one possibility.”

Baghdad makes it back-to-back wins at the Royal meeting
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